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Marked for revenge

When a Thai girl overdoses smuggling drugs, the trail points to Danillo, the one criminal that MMA-trained public prosecutor Jana Berzelius most wants to destroy.

Meanwhile, the police are zeroing in on the elusive head of the long-entrenched Swedish narcotics trade, who goes by the name The Old Man. No one has ever encountered this diabolical mastermind in person; he is like a shadow, but a shadow who commands extreme respect. Who is this overarching drug lord? Berzelius craves to know his identity, even as she secretly tracks Danillo, who has threatened to out her for who she really is. She knows she must kill him first, before he can reveal her secrets. If she fails, she will lose everything.

As she prepares for the fight of her life, Berzelius discovers an even more explosive and insidious betrayal, one that entangles her inextricably in the whole sordid network of crime.

The second in the series of fast-paced, high-stakes thrillers by the international bestselling author Emelie Schepp, Marked For Revenge involves the international drug trade and child trafficking and features the brilliant, enigmatic prosecutor Jana Berzelius, whose own dark past has, until recently, been hidden even from herself.

"The most creepy description of smuggling I've read… "
DN

"Schepp can be compared to Jo Nesbø, in both the writing and the realism."
Femina

"In Swedish author Schepp's outstanding second novel [she] sure-handedly brings her characters to unhappy life in a police procedural that lays bare the most sordid aspects of immigrant-related crime."
Starred Publisher’s Weekly review

"Jana Berzelius, who demonstrated in Marked for Life (2016) that she's equally adept with her fists or a sharp knife as she is with legal concepts in the court room, is on the hunt for Danilo Peña, one of the only men who can provide a link back to her upbringing as a child soldier."
Kirkus


Marked for life

MARKED FOR LIFE…TRAINED FOR DEATH

When the head of immigration is shot dead, suspects quickly emerge. But no one can account for the mysterious child-size fingerprints at the scene.

Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius steps in to lead the investigation. Young and brilliant but emotionally cold, Berzelius, like her famous prosecutor father, is not swayed by the devious widow or threats of blackmail. She is steely, aloof, impenetrable. Until the boy...

On a nearby shore, the drug-riddled body of a young teen is found along with a murder weapon. Reviewing his autopsy, Berzelius sees something hauntingly familiar… Carved deeply into his flesh are initials that scream child trafficking—and trigger in her a flash of recognition from her own nightmarish childhood.

Now, to protect herself and keep her dark past a secret, she must solve the crimes and find the depraved mastermind first…before the police do.

International bestselling author Emelie Schepp introduces us to the enigmatic, unforgettable Jana Berzelius in this first novel of a suspenseful, chilling trilogy.

"One of the best crime novels I have ever read!"
Anna Jansson, bestselling author

"The author urges the reader forward, with both the writing and the content of the story, all the way to the last page. This is what a detective novel should be.."
Sundsvalls Tidning

"… Emelie Schepp's plot complexity is worthy of a Nesbø or Kepler."
DAST Magazine

"Swedish author Schepp makes her U.S. debut with this stellar first in a crime trilogy.... Schepp couples an insightful look at the personal and professional lives of her characters with an unflinching multi-layered plot loaded with surprises."
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"A page-turner you can't put down."
TV4

"Captures you from the first page and never lets go. Gradually, layer after layer of human evil is revealed. An impressive debut!"
Bestselling authors Cilla and Rolf Börjlind

"A fast-paced thriller with a good blend of police procedure, the draw of a ninja-strong female lead, and enough adrenaline to make a good night's sleep a near impossibility."
Booklist

"This debut novel captivates the reader from the first moment and is impossible to put down."
Detective Magazine