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Sandhamn Island’s archipelago is a beautiful place to visit. For a mother on the run, it’s the only place to hide in a novel of escalating suspense by Viveca Sten, bestselling author of Still Waters. Building a case against Andreis Kovač is a risky strategy for prosecutor Nora Linde. A violent key player in Stockholm’s drug trade and untouchable when it comes to financial c Sandhamn Island’s archipelago is a beautiful place to visit. For a mother on the run, it’s the only place to hide in a novel of escalating suspense by Viveca Sten, bestselling author of Still Waters. Building a case against Andreis Kovač is a risky strategy for prosecutor Nora Linde. A violent key player in Stockholm’s drug trade and untouchable when it comes to financial crimes, he has the best defense money can buy. To topple Andreis’s empire, Nora’s working a different angle. It’s personal. Nora’s critical witness is Andreis’s wife, Mina—if she’ll testify. Mina has suffered her husband’s rage too long. It’s nearly cost her her life. Still carrying the traumas of the Bosnian War, Andreis can be triggered like an explosive. He must be taken down. And as the trial looms, Mina and her infant son must disappear. The police have found her a safe place to hide on Runmarö Island in Sandhamn’s archipelago. But there’s no shelter from a man as powerful and merciless as Andreis. Especially when he’s being crossed. His campaign of terror has just begun. He’s prepared to crush anyone who stands in his way: Mina, Nora, and everyone they know and love. Andreis is coming for them. This time, Nora is on the defense.


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Sandhamn Island’s archipelago is a beautiful place to visit. For a mother on the run, it’s the only place to hide in a novel of escalating suspense by Viveca Sten, bestselling author of Still Waters. Building a case against Andreis Kovač is a risky strategy for prosecutor Nora Linde. A violent key player in Stockholm’s drug trade and untouchable when it comes to financial c Sandhamn Island’s archipelago is a beautiful place to visit. For a mother on the run, it’s the only place to hide in a novel of escalating suspense by Viveca Sten, bestselling author of Still Waters. Building a case against Andreis Kovač is a risky strategy for prosecutor Nora Linde. A violent key player in Stockholm’s drug trade and untouchable when it comes to financial crimes, he has the best defense money can buy. To topple Andreis’s empire, Nora’s working a different angle. It’s personal. Nora’s critical witness is Andreis’s wife, Mina—if she’ll testify. Mina has suffered her husband’s rage too long. It’s nearly cost her her life. Still carrying the traumas of the Bosnian War, Andreis can be triggered like an explosive. He must be taken down. And as the trial looms, Mina and her infant son must disappear. The police have found her a safe place to hide on Runmarö Island in Sandhamn’s archipelago. But there’s no shelter from a man as powerful and merciless as Andreis. Especially when he’s being crossed. His campaign of terror has just begun. He’s prepared to crush anyone who stands in his way: Mina, Nora, and everyone they know and love. Andreis is coming for them. This time, Nora is on the defense.

30 review for In Bad Company

  1. 5 out of 5

    Javier

    After nine books in the “Sandhamn Murders” series, the author could have made herself comfortable and kept writing the same story again and again, so it is much appreciated to see that she keeps reinventing the series with new characters and new approaches to the mystery genre. Some instalments ago there was a temporal jump in the main characters’ lives and now, after several books in this new timeline, there’s a veer from the more traditional police procedural mystery to a suspense/thriller wit After nine books in the “Sandhamn Murders” series, the author could have made herself comfortable and kept writing the same story again and again, so it is much appreciated to see that she keeps reinventing the series with new characters and new approaches to the mystery genre. Some instalments ago there was a temporal jump in the main characters’ lives and now, after several books in this new timeline, there’s a veer from the more traditional police procedural mystery to a suspense/thriller with a touch of legal. In this case, the main focus of the plot is violence against women. Although both Nora and Thomas are involved in the case, it is Nora the one who takes the weight of the story, being Thomas being more of a secondary character and more worried with his personal problems. You can’t help to empathize with Mina although some of her actions are difficult to understand. Andreis, her husband, is such a hateful and terrifying character, and responsible of some pretty upsetting scenes. The sense of menace was conveyed every time he came around. But the character I found the most disgusting of all was Andreis’ lawyer. I can understand he’s her client and she must protect his interests but, seriously? To that point? How could you put your job above someone’s life? The short chapters kept up the tension quite high the whole story making it almost impossible to stop turning the pages. The Bosnia flashbacks made an interesting backstory, making you feel the fear and the hopelessness of the war. Thanks to Netgalley and AmazonCrossing for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    In Bad Company is the ninth instalment in the Sandhamn Murders series, featuring prosecuting lawyer Nora Linde and set on Sweden’s idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn. Chief Prosecutor of the Office against White Collar Crime Nora Linde is facing perhaps the most complicated case of her career: getting one of Stockholm's biggest drug lords, Andreis Kovač, convicted of financial crime - tax evasion, to be exact - as they simply can't convict him for his drug trafficking or money laundering offenc In Bad Company is the ninth instalment in the Sandhamn Murders series, featuring prosecuting lawyer Nora Linde and set on Sweden’s idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn. Chief Prosecutor of the Office against White Collar Crime Nora Linde is facing perhaps the most complicated case of her career: getting one of Stockholm's biggest drug lords, Andreis Kovač, convicted of financial crime - tax evasion, to be exact - as they simply can't convict him for his drug trafficking or money laundering offences as there's not enough evidence. When Andreis' wife, Mina, is hospitalised with serious injuries, it turns out that she is being subjected to systematic violence by her husband. It has gone on for a long time but this time he beat her so viciously he nearly killed her. Mina and her little son are brought into hiding in a residence in the Stockholm archipelago with the help of her friend, the investigator Thomas Andreasson. She is the key person in the upcoming legal process, provided Nora can convince her to testify. Nora has been trying for years to arrest Andreis and a statement from Mina would help a lot. But Mina is absolutely terrified of her husband. Andreis Kovač carries gloomy secrets that trace back to the war in Bosnia and was emotionally scarred as a child by the Serbs’ ethnic cleansing; he will go all the way to get his wife and son back. He feels he has nothing to lose which makes him extremely volatile and dangerous. People close to Mina are sacrificed in Andreis’ war and Thomas Andreasson is drawn into the case. As he struggles with his crumbling marriage, he must watch as Nora takes increasing risks to save Mina from doom. Nora is playing with fire as the situation is on a knife-edge; can she successfully achieve her aim of getting Kovac imprisoned for something even if it's not what she’d like it to be? Can Mina overcome her anxiety and stand up to the man she fears most? And are Nora and Thomas even able to protect her? This is a riveting and compulsive legal thriller and from the first page Sten draws you in and immerses you in the stunning setting of rural, isolated Sweden. It's impeccably plotted, as ever, and has enough action, intrigue, mystery, twists and misdirection to keep you enthralled right through to the last page. I must admit, that I haven't been managing to read as many books in a single sitting lately but that all changed with In Bad Company; I was scintillated and raced through it. Nora is a strong, independent female and a highly engaging protagonist who is resourceful and seeks justice in whatever way she can. This is a quick-paced and well-written piece of Scandi noir and there is no effort spared with regards to the characterisation. It's propulsive and the precarious balance between going after kingpin Andreis and keeping his wife, Mina, safe was heart-poundingly tense. Highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linden

    Swedish attorney Nora is trying to get a depraved Bosnian-born criminal convicted, but first she must get his frightened young wife to testify that he beats her up. Alternate chapters flash back to his childhood in war-torn Bosnia, but if they were supposed to make me feel sympathetic, it didn’t work. I found this novel extremely disturbing; violent abusers are one of my off limits subjects, and the threat at the end was very unsettling. If all this isn’t a problem for you, this is a well writte Swedish attorney Nora is trying to get a depraved Bosnian-born criminal convicted, but first she must get his frightened young wife to testify that he beats her up. Alternate chapters flash back to his childhood in war-torn Bosnia, but if they were supposed to make me feel sympathetic, it didn’t work. I found this novel extremely disturbing; violent abusers are one of my off limits subjects, and the threat at the end was very unsettling. If all this isn’t a problem for you, this is a well written and suspenseful mystery by one of my favorite Nordic Noir authors, ably translated by Marlaine Delargy. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    I read this for the 2021 Popsugar Challenge prompt "a book published in 2021". The book was published in Swedish before, but the English edition just came out January 2021. I have been following this series for years so I had pre-ordered it several months ago. Followers of the series know that it features a pair of long time friends, a police officer and a lawyer. In this one, the lawyer is the main protagonist with her policeman friend coming in and out with information and a last minute save. I read this for the 2021 Popsugar Challenge prompt "a book published in 2021". The book was published in Swedish before, but the English edition just came out January 2021. I have been following this series for years so I had pre-ordered it several months ago. Followers of the series know that it features a pair of long time friends, a police officer and a lawyer. In this one, the lawyer is the main protagonist with her policeman friend coming in and out with information and a last minute save. This one is centered in violence against women, so if that is a trigger for you, you might want to give it a pass. In addition, there is a parallel story set during the war in Bosnia which is also quite violent. Despite all that, it's a good suspenseful story. And now I've pre-ordered the next one for next January!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Nora Linde with the Economic Crimes Authority is looking into a case involving drug trafficking, tax evasion, and possibly domestic abuse. A Serb named Andreis Kovač has been under investigation by the Narcotics Division. Andreis’s wife Mina whom he hits constantly has been approached by Nora who’s trying to persuade her to cooperate with the police and have her husband arrested. But Mina insists she tripped on her vacuum cleaner and fell. An engaging read. Would recommend. Thank you to Viveca S Nora Linde with the Economic Crimes Authority is looking into a case involving drug trafficking, tax evasion, and possibly domestic abuse. A Serb named Andreis Kovač has been under investigation by the Narcotics Division. Andreis’s wife Mina whom he hits constantly has been approached by Nora who’s trying to persuade her to cooperate with the police and have her husband arrested. But Mina insists she tripped on her vacuum cleaner and fell. An engaging read. Would recommend. Thank you to Viveca Sten, NetGalley, and Amazon Crossing for the ARC of this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I first started reading the Sandhamn Murders series a few years ago and have really enjoyed each of the books I have read. I like the characters of prosecutor Nora Linde and her best friend DI Thomas Andreasson both individually and when they’re spending time together as friends or discussing a case. I also like learning about life in Sweden through the descriptions included in these books. Unfortunately, “In Bad Company” is my least favorite of the books in this series. I was disappointed in how I first started reading the Sandhamn Murders series a few years ago and have really enjoyed each of the books I have read. I like the characters of prosecutor Nora Linde and her best friend DI Thomas Andreasson both individually and when they’re spending time together as friends or discussing a case. I also like learning about life in Sweden through the descriptions included in these books. Unfortunately, “In Bad Company” is my least favorite of the books in this series. I was disappointed in how dark this book is compared to earlier books in the series. It is more of a domestic thriller than a mystery which would be okay if it wasn’t so depressing. Domestic violence is the focus of the book and there is so much tension and foreboding that I had to keep putting the book aside. Tension and suspense are a good thing in a thriller, but drug dealer and abuser Andreis Kovac is such a vile character, my feelings kept turning to dread. We are given every reason to despise the character, even before some of his worst acts have occurred, before the author starts to reveal his backstory. Andreis witnessed terrible things as a child in war-torn Bosnia, but it didn’t make me feel sympathetic towards the adult Andreis. Andreis’s wife Mina makes some questionable decisions, but I liked her and kept reading because I wanted things to work out for her. Nora and Thomas are able to team up and get a resolution of a sort to the case, but the book ends on a very creepy note. I look forward to reading these books by Viveca Sten whenever they are released in English, but would only rate this one as 3.5 stars. Even though this one wasn’t my favorite, I will still continue to follow the series. I received this ebook from NetGalley through the courtesy of Amazon Crossing. An advance copy was provided to me at no cost, but my review is voluntary and unbiased.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ray Moon

    A Battle Between a Battered Wife and a Drug-Dealing Husband Mina Kovač has spent much time to ensure that her home was spotless and had prepared the favorite dinner for Andreis, her husband. He had become quite unpredictable of late. Her father shows up at the front door asking to see Lukas, his grandson. He asks her to visit for a few weeks, but Mina is afraid to leave. Finally, the father tells Mina that her mother is not doing well, a heart problem. Mina becomes quite upset. As Andreis will be A Battle Between a Battered Wife and a Drug-Dealing Husband Mina Kovač has spent much time to ensure that her home was spotless and had prepared the favorite dinner for Andreis, her husband. He had become quite unpredictable of late. Her father shows up at the front door asking to see Lukas, his grandson. He asks her to visit for a few weeks, but Mina is afraid to leave. Finally, the father tells Mina that her mother is not doing well, a heart problem. Mina becomes quite upset. As Andreis will be home soon, the father has to leave. Mina tried to relax as the house was immaculate and food ready. There’s nothing to annoy Andreis who walks in the door. Mina remembers that the vacuum cleaner was in the middle of the kitchen. Maybe Andreis would go upstairs that would give her time to put the vacuum cleaner away. The main storyline shifts to the regular characters in this series. First is Thomas Andreasson who works at the Serious Crimes Unit. The other regular is Nora Linde who is a prosecutor for the Swedish Financial Crimes Authority. Nora is working on a serious tax fraud case against Andreis Kovač. He has been a target of the Narcotics Division for some time but without enough evidence to charge him. Then, a tip arrives with supporting information for indicating tax fraud so it is assigned to Nora. Now, a break that can provide leverage against Andreis presents itself as his wife is in the hospital after being severely beaten. Nora needs to persuade Mina to testify against Andreis. The main storyline proceeds with high tension battle to have Mina testify or not to testify. Nora offers all the help for a battered wife to get her to testify and Andreis uses charm, threats and, finally, a legal threat to take the son to keep her quiet. My interest was captured as each side gains then slips behind in this battle of wills. The B-storyline is rich in the Thomas’s and Nora’s private lives with the spouses which conflicts that affect these characters actions. Also, Nora tries to help Thomas’s relationship with his estranged wife. As the spousal battery brings Thomas into the case in support of Nora, their relationship as friends becomes more exposed. All this enriched my enjoyment in reading this novel. There is a definite level of vulgar language, but not to a detrimental level for me. There are not any intimate scenes. There is violence only one instance is described as it occurs, which is more edgy. Most of the violence is described afterwards by the damage to the victims. In my reviews of previous books in this series, I recommended reading the novel on an e-reader because the British translator regularly used British informal words that required that I search the Internet to understand. That was not true with the translation with this novel. There is one aspect that did bother me. The author was very good in maintaining a high level of dread throughout the novel as to what would happen if Andreis ever caught up with his wife. This book met all of my criteria for a high start rating. It captured and maintained my interest throughout the entire novel. There was a rich B-storyline. There even was a main storyline thread about Andreis growing up in Bosnia during that terrible war. I was reading late into the night when I should be sleeping. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the level of dread I felt. I am ambivalent about this because it is a credit to the author’s writing ability, but it decreased my enjoyment. Let the reader be forewarned about this aspect. Lastly, there was one loose end at the end. Overall, I rate this novel with four stars. I have received a free e-book version of this novel through NetGalley from Amazon Crossing with an expectation for an honest, unbiased review. I wish to thank Amazon Crossing for the opportunity to read and review this novel early.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jean Kolinofsky

    Andreis Kovac came to Sweden from Bosnia as a child to escape the war. Involved in the drug trade, his high-powered lawyer has managed to keep him out of jail but now evidence has come to the Economic Crimes Authority confirming tax fraud. Before prosecutor Nora Linde can file charges, he is arrested for beating his wife. Mina claims that Andreis loves her, but the beatings have become more frequent and she fears for her life. When she is released from the hospital, Nora arranges for her Mina an Andreis Kovac came to Sweden from Bosnia as a child to escape the war. Involved in the drug trade, his high-powered lawyer has managed to keep him out of jail but now evidence has come to the Economic Crimes Authority confirming tax fraud. Before prosecutor Nora Linde can file charges, he is arrested for beating his wife. Mina claims that Andreis loves her, but the beatings have become more frequent and she fears for her life. When she is released from the hospital, Nora arranges for her Mina and her son to be taken to Freya’s Haven, a shelter for abused women. After his release from jail, Andreis’ priority is to find his wife and get his son back. Andreis uses intimidation and terror to get what he wants. As he searches for Mina his frustration grows and he becomes more violent. Dino Herco, his driver and best friend for years, attempts to control Andreis’ anger, but even he becomes afraid of him. When Mina finally realizes that he will kill her if he finds her she agrees to co-operate with Nora to put him away. Vivica Sten alternates Andreis’ search for Mina and Nora’s investigation with scenes from his childhood. An alcoholic, controlling father helped shape his personality. He was also a witness to the violence in the Bosnian War. While he was initially a loving husband to Mina, he became more controlling and his violent episodes escalated. Anna-Maria, the director of Freya’s Haven, saw her own daughter destroyed by spousal abuse and is determined to keep Mina safe. Sten paints a vivid picture of the psychological effects of these relationships through Anna-Maria’s and Mina’s stories. It is both informative and heartbreaking. Fans of psychological thrillers will find this entry in Sten’s Sandhamn Murder Series hard to put down. I would like to thank NetGalley and Amazon Crossing for providing this book for my review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    🌅Compelling tale of fear and violence in the Stockholm archipelago🤕 This is only the second or third book I've read in Sten's Sandhamn series and it was just as thrilling and captivating as the previous. Though it focuses on Andreis, one violent Bosnian immigrant/wife beater and Mina, his terrified, classic Swedish beauty wife, it goes much further. Flashbacks to Andreis' traumatic childhood in Bosnia and his family's harrowing flight from the Balkans give his violent character some context. The t 🌅Compelling tale of fear and violence in the Stockholm archipelago🤕 This is only the second or third book I've read in Sten's Sandhamn series and it was just as thrilling and captivating as the previous. Though it focuses on Andreis, one violent Bosnian immigrant/wife beater and Mina, his terrified, classic Swedish beauty wife, it goes much further. Flashbacks to Andreis' traumatic childhood in Bosnia and his family's harrowing flight from the Balkans give his violent character some context. The two main characters in the series, detective Thomas and prosecutor Nora, are back and, though the story recounts their personal lives and Thomas' struggle to deal with the separation from his wife Pernilla, the focus is always kept on Mina's precarious escape and the ever-widening legal case building up against Andreis whose shady business dealing brought him to the attention of the Financial Crimes Unit where Nora is compiling the case against him. There was plenty of action, violence that escalates and some mystery to keep me fully engaged right through to the end with a bit of ominous foreboding. Altogether, an excellent read🤗. I'm ready and anticipating the next in the series! Thanks to Amazon Crossing and NetGalley for providing a complimentary advance copy; this is my voluntary and honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lilly Hi Way

    Disturbing Mystery This is a story centered around the worst form of domestic violence for Mina, a young mother and her Lukas her 4 month old baby. Her husband Andreis is an incredibly dangerous drug dealer leading an operation with his even more violent brother Emir. Four story lines alternate from chapter to chapter. First there's Mina's where Andreis takes out his anxieties by beating his wife and then refusing to let her escape. The second story line revolves around wartime atrocities in Bosn Disturbing Mystery This is a story centered around the worst form of domestic violence for Mina, a young mother and her Lukas her 4 month old baby. Her husband Andreis is an incredibly dangerous drug dealer leading an operation with his even more violent brother Emir. Four story lines alternate from chapter to chapter. First there's Mina's where Andreis takes out his anxieties by beating his wife and then refusing to let her escape. The second story line revolves around wartime atrocities in Bosnia and how his family escaped by immigrating to.Sweden. The third story line follows Nora as sets up a tax evasion case against Andreis and then combines it with an assault case based upon his almost killing his wife. The fourth and final story line centers around Nora's friend Thomas, a policeman who's separated from his wife and rather acrimoniously sharing custody of their daughter Elin. If this sounds a bit disjointed that's because it is. This book is number 9 in the Sandhamn Murders series by Viveca Sten and these books need to be read in sequence to truly appreciate and understand the interplay between Nora and Thomas and their famIlies. A dedicated fan of the Sandhamn mysteries, I still must gave this a 3 star rating because it's too continuously grim for easy reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Greg Destro

    Contrived plot line The Sandhamn Murders series has had some difficult to read, but generally entertaining stories, but unfortunately this one was not one of her best. That is not to say that the book was without merit, as it certainly is, as it will open the eyes of many to the horrors of domestic violence, along with the tragic senselessness of civil war. These are extremely important and relevant issues, and much of what was written was pertinent and emotionally moving. The problem with the b Contrived plot line The Sandhamn Murders series has had some difficult to read, but generally entertaining stories, but unfortunately this one was not one of her best. That is not to say that the book was without merit, as it certainly is, as it will open the eyes of many to the horrors of domestic violence, along with the tragic senselessness of civil war. These are extremely important and relevant issues, and much of what was written was pertinent and emotionally moving. The problem with the book is that Ms. Sten used an overabundance of contrived plot vehicles to further the narrative, to the point of absurdity! Without giving away the story, the fact that the antagonist went on successfully as long as he did was simply not in any way believable, as was the actions of the affected party. While it is true that people can do inappropriate things under states of duress, what occurred over and over in this book left me utterly disappointed in this entry in the series. At this point, I am questioning whether to continue, even though I've read all precious entries. I generally have really enjoyed Ms. Sten's work, but have found that when authors rely too heavily on contrivances that it is an indication that the value of the series is coming to an end. Let's hope I am wrong and there is still further life for the Sandhamn Murders.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Celeste Miller

    Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ARC. This is the 2nd book I've read by Viveca Sten, and it's the 9th in the series. I read book earlier this year and liked it too. If you like Nordic police procedurals with some legal/ courtroom drama thrown in, I definitely recommend these. This one was a very fast read and I was sucked in the whole time. I actually had anxious twists in my stomach at the end. Even though I kept telling myself "she's going to be OK!" So that's a sign of goo Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ARC. This is the 2nd book I've read by Viveca Sten, and it's the 9th in the series. I read book earlier this year and liked it too. If you like Nordic police procedurals with some legal/ courtroom drama thrown in, I definitely recommend these. This one was a very fast read and I was sucked in the whole time. I actually had anxious twists in my stomach at the end. Even though I kept telling myself "she's going to be OK!" So that's a sign of good suspense as well. CW for domestic violence. Very extreme, and the story talks about it in depth since the main storyline is around a woman who is fleeing her abusive husband and how she manages with the police, the shelter, and deciding if she'll testify against him or not. It's a heartbreaking story but it's not unrealistic (at least the domestic violence part and the struggles she has making her choices). I like the main cop and prosecutor characters too - I can tell that there is a lot of history there and I'd looks to read the earlier books sometime. There is also a storyline about the war in Bosnia and the refugees who fled to Sweden.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I have been enjoying all the Sandhamm Murders Books, so when this came out, I just bought it (usually I'll borrow, then buy, but I've been enjoying all her books). Well, this is my least favorite :( It is not the writing, the suspense, but I just can't enjoy books about DV. Nora is the lead in this story because, well, there isn't a murder to get Thomas involved (or will there be a murder??). The focus is on Mina a battered woman with a young baby. Nora is trying to get Mina to help get Mina's h I have been enjoying all the Sandhamm Murders Books, so when this came out, I just bought it (usually I'll borrow, then buy, but I've been enjoying all her books). Well, this is my least favorite :( It is not the writing, the suspense, but I just can't enjoy books about DV. Nora is the lead in this story because, well, there isn't a murder to get Thomas involved (or will there be a murder??). The focus is on Mina a battered woman with a young baby. Nora is trying to get Mina to help get Mina's husband, Andreis, for a white collar crime. I understand the frustration with Mina's character because it seems like she's not helping herself, but she is a victim who almost cannot see real life because of her fear and the violence that has been done to her. In previous books, I have found it very interesting to get the flashbacks of the "bad guy." However, in this case, I don't know if it helps because I don't know if I'm supposed to feel sympathy to Andreis or what. But it does highlight the the tragedies in Bosnia. I found some characters to be ones I liked, but, c'mon Nora... too much! And poor Thomas with his trouble with Pernilla.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hannelore Cheney

    Thank you NetGalley and Amazon Crossing for the eARC. I've read every book in the Sandham series and this 9th was definitely the darkest. The subject of domestic violence looms large and it's quite disturbing. Nora is heavily involved, not only career wise but emotionally as well. Thomas takes a backseat in this story as he's struggling with his personal life. Mina's husband has become increasingly more violent and the last time he attacked her, he almost killed her. She's so terrified of him that Thank you NetGalley and Amazon Crossing for the eARC. I've read every book in the Sandham series and this 9th was definitely the darkest. The subject of domestic violence looms large and it's quite disturbing. Nora is heavily involved, not only career wise but emotionally as well. Thomas takes a backseat in this story as he's struggling with his personal life. Mina's husband has become increasingly more violent and the last time he attacked her, he almost killed her. She's so terrified of him that she feels there's no way out for her and her baby son. As he's being investigated for fraudulent financial dealings he becomes more frustrated and increasingly dangerous. He's a terrifying monster and his lawyer comes close to being one as well...She's dreadful and will do anything to win her case. It's easy to feel sorry for her, especially her poor baby, but I also felt frustrated with her decisions. There's a feeling of impending doom throughout the book, which made me uncomfortable, but I couldn't put it down, reading till my eyes hurt. Definitely recommended!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    The Sandhamn Murders series has been a favorite for years, but this last volume was a little disappointing. The “Bad Company” in the title seems to refer to Mina’s husband, Andreis, a refugee from the war in Yugoslavia who is now so abusive that it’s a miracle he hasn’t killed her. The action on Sandhamn combines with flashbacks of Andreis’ flight from Yugoslavia. Nora Linde is looking into his shady business deals, but gets involved in allegations of domestic violence and can’t turn a blind eye The Sandhamn Murders series has been a favorite for years, but this last volume was a little disappointing. The “Bad Company” in the title seems to refer to Mina’s husband, Andreis, a refugee from the war in Yugoslavia who is now so abusive that it’s a miracle he hasn’t killed her. The action on Sandhamn combines with flashbacks of Andreis’ flight from Yugoslavia. Nora Linde is looking into his shady business deals, but gets involved in allegations of domestic violence and can’t turn a blind eye. Now, in the real world, this is a horrific and serious problem. In the plot of this novel, it sounds like a PSA about an abusive husband who borders on caricature. There are too many twists that don’t really pan out and, as terrible as the was in Yugoslavia was, the flashbacks slowed down the rest of the action, as well as the pace. I still enjoyed reading about Nora and her police friend Thomas, working together. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley/AmazonCrossing!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Miller

    Another enjoyable Sten book. They all follow a similar thread. Someone is in trouble, Nora gets too involved, someone is having relationship problems and things escalate to a climax. Although the same main characters repeat throughout the novels, each is a standalone novel. There is no reason to read them in order, although each does grow on those before. The next may be an exception to this as there is a hint given that there may be a continuation. In this story, Mina is in an abusive relations Another enjoyable Sten book. They all follow a similar thread. Someone is in trouble, Nora gets too involved, someone is having relationship problems and things escalate to a climax. Although the same main characters repeat throughout the novels, each is a standalone novel. There is no reason to read them in order, although each does grow on those before. The next may be an exception to this as there is a hint given that there may be a continuation. In this story, Mina is in an abusive relationship with a criminal husband who is under investigation. We are given his backstory in an attempt to show how this monster was formed. Things devolve quickly, and many are drawn into the problem that Mina faces. My only complaint with this series is that the endings are similar cross novels. Most authors write in a style that carries over, but I really enjoy the ones that surprise me. Ms. Sten writes a good thriller and I will continue to read them.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ken Fredette

    I loved how Viveca Sten takes the war in Bosnia and brings it back to the here and now and even threatens Mina with the loss of her son even after her husband has been killed. But lets get back to the crew that always is in her novels. Thomas and Pernilla seemed to be apart but maybe in the end they might have reconciled. Nora and Jonas seemed to be involved with each other. Mina and Andreis Kovač were in a on and off marriage relationship after their son was born. Mina's parents were worried ab I loved how Viveca Sten takes the war in Bosnia and brings it back to the here and now and even threatens Mina with the loss of her son even after her husband has been killed. But lets get back to the crew that always is in her novels. Thomas and Pernilla seemed to be apart but maybe in the end they might have reconciled. Nora and Jonas seemed to be involved with each other. Mina and Andreis Kovač were in a on and off marriage relationship after their son was born. Mina's parents were worried about Mina. I've given you the main characters yet there are more which helps to fill in the missing areas of Mina and Andreis relationship with each other. We digress to Bosnia every now and then but you can see where Andreis gets his anger from. Read the story to get all the missing facts that Viveca has to offer in this novel. You won't regret it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shoe

    A bit disappointing. There was nothing that wasn't anticipated from early on. WARNING - Violent spousal abuse throughout. Best to read the books in order; don't begin the series here. You don't expect, nor want, a lot of character development in the 9th book of a series, but at the same time you do want each book to stand on its own without dependence on the previous books. In Bad Company depends on you already understanding the special relationship that exists between Nora and Thomas, something t A bit disappointing. There was nothing that wasn't anticipated from early on. WARNING - Violent spousal abuse throughout. Best to read the books in order; don't begin the series here. You don't expect, nor want, a lot of character development in the 9th book of a series, but at the same time you do want each book to stand on its own without dependence on the previous books. In Bad Company depends on you already understanding the special relationship that exists between Nora and Thomas, something that is a key feature to the series. There's a dual timeline between Sweden today and Bosnia during the recent war which was interesting. However, the idea that immigrants fleeing war may be so damaged that they lose morality is an inflammatory idea in this day of censorship and I expect quite a number of people will find it offensive.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This is one of my favorite series and I so look forward to a new one . Ms. Sten did not disappoint and I hope you will like this one as much as I did. Domestic violence holds center place in this story and it portrays the underlying brutality a huge majority of women suffer when caught in this horrible web. Nora and Thomas find themselves committed to bringing an evil criminal to justice and saving his battered wife and son at the same time. There is darkness in these pages, and you will feel the This is one of my favorite series and I so look forward to a new one . Ms. Sten did not disappoint and I hope you will like this one as much as I did. Domestic violence holds center place in this story and it portrays the underlying brutality a huge majority of women suffer when caught in this horrible web. Nora and Thomas find themselves committed to bringing an evil criminal to justice and saving his battered wife and son at the same time. There is darkness in these pages, and you will feel the anxiety and fear permeate your soul as you follow their attempts to save this strong, but beaten down young woman. The ending will leave you tense and breathless, but just wait until you read the very end!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debra Dowling

    I love this series, and this book did not disappoint. Nora finds herself in the middle of building a case against a brutal man, Andreis. She is working on getting him convicted for tax evasion, when it becomes apparent that he is also excessively abusive to his wife. Her life long friend ,Thomas, is working on a murder case, which also seems to be connected to Andreis. Can Nora, with the help of Leila and Thomas, find a way to protect Mina, Andreis' wife, from his abuse, and get him sentenced to I love this series, and this book did not disappoint. Nora finds herself in the middle of building a case against a brutal man, Andreis. She is working on getting him convicted for tax evasion, when it becomes apparent that he is also excessively abusive to his wife. Her life long friend ,Thomas, is working on a murder case, which also seems to be connected to Andreis. Can Nora, with the help of Leila and Thomas, find a way to protect Mina, Andreis' wife, from his abuse, and get him sentenced to a long term in jail? And, how many people will get hurt or killed in the process? Great combination of action, suspense, family and friendship! I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Agnes Muscoreil

    Mina is married to a monster of a man, Andreis. She’s afraid to leave but knows that if she stays, he will end up killing her, and then what will happen to their beloved son Lucas, just a baby. This last attack has been the worse so far, and finally, Nora, who has been working on arresting Andreis for income tax evasion tied to his ways of earning money, convinces Mina to leave Andreis, promising her that she will be hidden and protected. Many of the characters in this story come from previous s Mina is married to a monster of a man, Andreis. She’s afraid to leave but knows that if she stays, he will end up killing her, and then what will happen to their beloved son Lucas, just a baby. This last attack has been the worse so far, and finally, Nora, who has been working on arresting Andreis for income tax evasion tied to his ways of earning money, convinces Mina to leave Andreis, promising her that she will be hidden and protected. Many of the characters in this story come from previous stories by Viveca but you can read it as a stand-alone. We are taken back to Bosnia several times in the story to tell Andreis story, but that didn’t change my opinion of him! It was a good read, and I look forward to more in this series. Thank you to NetGalley for my copy of In Bad Company.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    This latest installment in a complex series that's fine read as a standalone, sees Nora Linde, a prosecutor hoping to finally, finally convict Andreis of financial crimes directly attributable to his narcotics empire. Nora thinks his wife Mina, who he has abused, is the key but she's got to keep the woman safe, which is not easy given Andreis' reach. This is Swedish noir with two good characters- Nora and Thomas Andreasson of the Serious Crimes Unit. Their relationship has obviously (even to tho This latest installment in a complex series that's fine read as a standalone, sees Nora Linde, a prosecutor hoping to finally, finally convict Andreis of financial crimes directly attributable to his narcotics empire. Nora thinks his wife Mina, who he has abused, is the key but she's got to keep the woman safe, which is not easy given Andreis' reach. This is Swedish noir with two good characters- Nora and Thomas Andreasson of the Serious Crimes Unit. Their relationship has obviously (even to those of us who haven't read more than a couple of the books) matured over the years; they interact well and sympathetically with one another. Andries is just loathsome, Mina tougher than she appears, and the story zips along. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

  23. 5 out of 5

    AngryGreyCat

    I received a free ebook version of In Bad Company from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. This is book 9 in the Sandhamm Murders series. In this installment, the action centers on Bosnian refugees, organized crime, and domestic abuse. The actions of some of the characters can perhaps be linked to their experiences although that does not excuse any of them. The main focus is a young Swedish mother, Mina, who married a man, who is more monster than man. Nora and Thomas find themselves in a d I received a free ebook version of In Bad Company from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. This is book 9 in the Sandhamm Murders series. In this installment, the action centers on Bosnian refugees, organized crime, and domestic abuse. The actions of some of the characters can perhaps be linked to their experiences although that does not excuse any of them. The main focus is a young Swedish mother, Mina, who married a man, who is more monster than man. Nora and Thomas find themselves in a difficult fight to nail down this elusive criminal figure who uses terror and the law to stay ahead of them and out of jail. Very good mystery read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Frieda Heyting

    Though this book might support victims of domestic violence, the inserted flashbacks to war experiences in the childhood of the violent crimial suggest without any foundation that war trauma in childhood causes violent and criminal behaviour in adulthood. In addition, the author allows herself some "liberties" (as she calls it) in describing the Swedish criminal justice trying to make this story more or less plausible. However, this approach only results in an image of criminal justice character Though this book might support victims of domestic violence, the inserted flashbacks to war experiences in the childhood of the violent crimial suggest without any foundation that war trauma in childhood causes violent and criminal behaviour in adulthood. In addition, the author allows herself some "liberties" (as she calls it) in describing the Swedish criminal justice trying to make this story more or less plausible. However, this approach only results in an image of criminal justice characterized by stupidity and unprofessionality. The author did write some nice crimis, but this time she completely overplayed her hand.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Atl Goddess

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Because the author did a fabulous job, this one was harder for me to finish. This book is even deeper than her previous ones that have gone into the immigrant experience in Sweden as part of the storyline. The abuse storyline was well done. The backstory of the husband's youth in Bosnia, also hit during the insurrection in Washington DC. There were some interesting secondary characters. I would like to see more of the young police officer introduced in this book. I'm glad I finished it and look Because the author did a fabulous job, this one was harder for me to finish. This book is even deeper than her previous ones that have gone into the immigrant experience in Sweden as part of the storyline. The abuse storyline was well done. The backstory of the husband's youth in Bosnia, also hit during the insurrection in Washington DC. There were some interesting secondary characters. I would like to see more of the young police officer introduced in this book. I'm glad I finished it and look forward to see where else this series goes. She is keeping it fresh and interesting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    gerry

    Well.constructed thriller that is written with empathetic style All of Sten's books are great but this one is really intense, keeping the reader on edge until the very end, and then some. Any working adult who has young children will identify with the stress that the key characters experience, trying to balance careers with child care and spousal relationships. The plot brings the story back to Sandhamm, in the Swedish Arcpeglio, a small island that has seen a lot through this interesting series. Well.constructed thriller that is written with empathetic style All of Sten's books are great but this one is really intense, keeping the reader on edge until the very end, and then some. Any working adult who has young children will identify with the stress that the key characters experience, trying to balance careers with child care and spousal relationships. The plot brings the story back to Sandhamm, in the Swedish Arcpeglio, a small island that has seen a lot through this interesting series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Harvee

    This novel focuses on domestic violence and the plight of women caught in situations they find it hard to extricate themselves from. Prosecutor Nora tries to convince a battered wife, Mina, to testify against her husband Andreis, who is also under suspicion of major drug crimes and tax evasion. Andreis fights back, threatening officials as well as his wife, if she does not return to him with his baby son. How the police and Nora resolve this situation makes for some suspenseful reading, punctuat This novel focuses on domestic violence and the plight of women caught in situations they find it hard to extricate themselves from. Prosecutor Nora tries to convince a battered wife, Mina, to testify against her husband Andreis, who is also under suspicion of major drug crimes and tax evasion. Andreis fights back, threatening officials as well as his wife, if she does not return to him with his baby son. How the police and Nora resolve this situation makes for some suspenseful reading, punctuated by insights into the personal lives of Nora and of Thomas, the police detective also working on the case.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rita Hebert

    Timely. Riveting. Sobering. Domestic abuse is an issue of important significance to me, especially its increasing occurrence. This novel is sobering and insightful. The story is very relevant. Also, the back story of violence and turmoil in Bosnia and the cruelty to the people there amid the social unrest was enlightening. All in all, I highly recommend it. Thought provoking, to say the least.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Mccollum

    I enjoyed this book so much. It’s the ninth book in th Sandhamm Murder series. Set in Sweden it’s a fast paced thriller with heart and a compelling insight into the world of domestic violence. These characters are so familiar and I’ve followed their development throughout the previous eight novels. Yet the author continues to expand her portrayals and is consistently providing new and intriguing scenarios. Definitely recommend it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    reneeNaDaBomb

    First of all, this recommendation from Kindle Unlimited is close to the end of the series (Book 9 of 10). Second of all, I will continue with this series even as I go backward to finish..lol. In the story Nora Linde is a Prosecuting Lawyer/female head of the Economic Crimes Authority in Sweden. Her close friend & confidant is Thomas Andreasson, a Detective Inspector. It was a very good book which held my attention page after page. I do like mysteries every once in awhile. 1/23/2021.

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