The Harbor

S. & S. Audio. (Kørner and Werner, Bk. 4). Feb. 2022. tr. from Danish by Tara F. Chace. 9:38 hrs. ISBN 9781797136295. $19.99. CRIME
This is the fourth novel in Engberg’s “Kørner and Werner” series. Fifteen-year-old Oscar Dreyer-Hoff is missing. His parents believe he has been kidnapped, although their only clue is a note with a cryptic quote from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. The police believe Oscar is a runaway, and detectives Anette Werner and Jeppe Kørner are assigned to the case. The numerous interesting characters and subplots can be confusing at first, but they are well worth a little extra concentration on the part of listeners. Each multifaceted and well-developed character deals with personal issues, such as love, family, loyalty, and aging. Narrator Graeme Malcolm’s Danish accent is pleasant. He ably provides each character with a distinctive voice.
VERDICT Listeners unfamiliar with Danish might have difficulty grasping the names of streets and characters at first, but after a short time, they will become accustomed to the language, and it will not impede their enjoyment of this engaging and complex crime story.
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