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The traitor’s children
(Forræderens børn)
Published 2020, 350 pages


Lindhardt og Ringhof

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Lindhardt og Ringhof, Sune de Souza Schmidt-Madsen,

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The Traitor’s Children

Down by the harbour in Ringkøbing they call him “The Russian”. He is a peaceful, elderly man who looks after his boat and drinks beer with the other guys on the quay – until he is murdered with the preferred poison of the Russian Intelligence Agency.
The murder of The Russian kicks off a fast-paced spy novel, reuniting the sibling-team Tor and Laila from Davidson’s previous novel Djævlen i hullet [Devil in the Hole]. The poisoning in Ringkøbing brings Tor into contact with Russian intelligence, which sends him back to Denmark. And soon Tor and Laila are embroiled in a treacherous trip through Europe, all the way to Volgograd.
Who was the Russian in Ringkøbing? Why was he murdered? And who can Tor and Laila trust in their hunt for the truth? Inspired by historical fact, Leif Davidsen writes with great knowledge and insight into international and Russian affairs in particular.


About the author 

Leif Davidsen (born 1950) made his debut in 1984 with the novel Uhellige alliancer, published as The Unholy alliances (trans. Tiina Nunally & Steve Murray) in 1988, and over the past 36 years Davidsen has published many acclaimed works, including numerous thrillers, two travelogues and three short story collections that have been bestsellers in Denmark and subsequently translated into 15 languages. His work is acknowledged by a host of prizes in Denmark, including the Reader’s Book Prize, the Golden Laurel Award and the Nordic Crime Novel Award, commonly known as Glasnøglen [The Glass Key].

Text translated by Denise Rose Hansen