The Purity of Vengeance by Jussi Adler-Olsen
(Plume, 2014, 528 pages)
Nete Hermansen grew up without the support of a loving family. Who would have thought that when she became pregnant she would be subjected to years of cruel and inhuman treatment? She was turned over to a surgeon who was a part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in Denmark. After suffering the abuse of the system, Nete rises above her circumstances and marries into wealth, but upon the fatal death of her husband she revisits those who harmed her for vengeance. Detective Carl Morck slowly connects the dots of several murders that lead him to understand what happened to Nete so many years prior.