Many of you know that Death of a Nightingale, the third book in the Nina Borg series written by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, releases early next month (Nov. 5). All of us here at Soho Press are very excited, as this promises to be one of the biggest books of the fall season.
Selected as a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Mystery for Fall, as well as an IndieNext Selection for November, Death of a Nightingale follows Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who has been convicted of the attempted murder of her Danish fiancé.
Doroshenko escapes police custody on her way to an interrogation in Copenhagen’s police headquarters. That night, the frozen, tortured body of Michael, Doroshenko’s ex-fiancé, is found in a car, and the manhunt for Natasha escalates. It isn’t the first time the young Ukrainian woman has lost a partner to violent ends: her first husband was also murdered, three years earlier in Kiev, and in the same manner: tortured to death in a car.
Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg has been following Natasha’s case for several years now, since Natasha first took refuge at a crisis center where Nina works. Nina, who had tried to help Natasha leave her abusive fiancé more than once, just can’t see the young Ukrainian mother as a vicious killer. But in her effort to protect Natasha’s daughter and discover the truth, Nina realizes there is much she didn’t know about this woman and her past. The mystery has long and bloody roots, going back to a terrible famine that devastated Stalinist Ukraine in 1934, when a ten-year-old girl with the voice of a nightingale sang her family into shallow graves.
Yesterday, we published what we’re calling a Soho Insight, a digital press kit that brings together text and multimedia in an effort to get the word out about the book to media professionals and general readers alike.
It’s chock-full of good stuff, including an excerpt from the book and an interview between editor Juliet Grames and Kaaberbøl and Friis.
—Read an introductory letter about the book from Juliet Grames, here.
—Check out the Death of a Nightingale Insight, here.