Marked for Revenge (Jana Berzelius – 2) by Emelie Schepp
When a Thai girl overdoses smuggling drugs, the trail points to Danillo, the one criminal MMA-trained public prosecutor Jana Berzelius most wants to destroy. Eager to erase any evidence of her sordid childhood, Berzelius must secretly hunt down this deadly nemesis with whom she shares a horrific past.
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 clandestinely 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 betrayalone that entangles her inextricably in the whole sordid network of crime.
The second in a trilogy 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.”
Emelie Schepp was born in 1979 and grew up in Motala. She has worked for many years as a project manager in the advertising industry.
The written word has always been close to her heart and in 1998 she won first prize in the Östergötland Theatre’s drama prize “Meetings”. Since then she has written two feature screenplays and two crime novels set in Norrkoping. Marked for life became her first book in 2013 that she first gave out self-published, and with over 40,000 copies sold Schepp ranked as Sweden’s leading private publisher. Marked for life is the first part in the series about prosecutors Jana Berzelius. The book became a sensation and today has sold close to 200,000 copies. Marked for life became Sweden’s sixth best-selling e-book in 2014 (Swedish bookstore), the year’s best-selling audio book in 2015 (Swedish Bookstore) and was nominated for the Swedish Audiobook Prize. Sequel White tracks released in May 2015 and has long topped the sales charts. Even the White tracks have been nominated to the Great Audiobook Prize. In May 2016 released the third installment in the series, Priority One. The series of Jana Berzelius are sold to 28 countries around the world.
Jane Berzelius is a prosecutor that works with the police on serious crimes. But her own past has her trained as a soldier and she goes out at night to get those that deserve it. She is intent on finding the criminal Danillo since he knows about her past and he can ruin her with that information. While Jane is on the hunt for Danillo, the police are looking for a shadow leader that is in control of the drugs and much more. At the same time we alternate with a story of two Thai girls that have been turned into drug mules. Unfortunately the one ends up overdosing on the drugs and bringing the attention of the police.
This book has a lot happening in it. Jane doesn’t remember a lot about her past so she remembers as we learn about it. I like how this made you more sympathetic to her. She has come so far from her past that she is willing and able to do anything to keep things the way they are currently. Although that was tough enough, it broke my heart to follow the Thai girls. Just reading about the one overdosing was so hard. It added a realistic and hard truth to this story.
Over all this is a great, fast paced thriller. Jane is a strong female character that I loved to follow. I admit that I have not read the first book in this series, Marked for Life. I could tell this story follows closely after so it took a few moments to catch on to where I was at. It didn’t make that big of a difference for enjoying Marked for Revenge. But it does mean that I have to get Marked for Life to figure out what I have missed.
I received Marked for Revenge from Beth Parker PR for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.