Connelly was at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA last evening to introduce Sara Blaedel to local mystery readers. She is just finishing up her tour to promote the first U.S. translation of her book, The Forgotten Girls. I was delighted to be in the audience for this fascinating conversation between two great crime writers.
Sara, like Connelly, has a background in journalism. She's had a number of careers ranging from restaurant staff to graphic design to her own publishing company where she published Danish translations of American crime fiction. Then in 2004, the first of Blaedel's novels featuring police detective Louise Rick was published and won the Danish Crime Academy's debut prize.
Here'a a synopsis of the book from Blaedel's website:
In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing to the media. An older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like other children in the institution. was abandoned by her family and branded a "forgotten girl." After four days, Louise Rick--the new commander of the Missing Persons Department--is still without answers. But when she releases a photo she discovers something disturbing. Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed--and hidden--in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.
Sara Blaedel lives near Copenhagen with her family. When she's not busy writing compelling crime novels, she is an ambassador with Save the Children and serves on the jury of a documentary film competition.
Looking for a good read? Check out The Forgotten Girls.