The Wolf in Banja Luka

Published: 2002 - Publisher: Politikens Forlag - Pages: 482

Not published in English

When CIA agent Jan Jordi Kazanski’s girlfriend Ewa disappears without trace in the Balkans, Kazanski comes under pressure from the International Criminal Court in the Hague to take over her mission. He has to track down a  mythical figure from the Serbian underworld by the name of Kurjak - the Wolf - and force him to witness in court. 

Unaware of the games of high politics going on behind his back, Kazanski begins a dramatic manhunt which takes him through the war-torn areas of Croatia, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

With a taciturn old Serb and a mysterious Croatian woman as travel companions and unknown pursuers on his heels, Kazanski has to proceed with caution if he is to have any hope of completing his mission and find Ewa alive. On the Wolf’s territory a wrong move can be fatal.

The Wolf in Banja Luka is Jensens third and last international thriller with the CIA agent Jan Jordi Kazanski as main character.



A fabulous ending to Jensen’s trilogy

With “The Wolf in Banja Luka”, Jens Henrik Jensen establishes himself as one of our very best thriller writers.

The news director of Jydske Vestkysten has his finger on the pulse in the game of high politics. Discretely, but with great discipline and perfect timing in this intricate and always surprising plot, he delivers just the right information for the reader to understand the complex political games in the Balkans.

Situations, places and characters are sketched in few but certain strokes, and the reader breaks out in cold sweat as the plot gradually unfolds in a series of hair-raising situations.

If “The Wolf in Banja Luka” is meant to be the last book in the trilogy, it is a fabulous ending, however, we nevertheless hope to hear more about Jan Jordi Kazanski, the severely tried “Company man” with Polish-Spanish ancestors.

Among the very best

The shelves are already full of books that use the brutal conflict in the Balkans as a background: political, historical and military books. A string of novels has also been published on the subject, but Jens Henrik Jensen’s new “The Wolf in Banja Luka” is among the very best.

The book now available is the third in a trilogy – a series that, combined, gives a dramatic and exciting picture of the new world and the new neighbours in East and Central Europe. Deep-rooted hatred, civil wars and blatant corruption are part of the new European agenda, and Jens Henrik Jensen’s trilogy, though fiction, is a brilliant introduction for anyone with a wish to understand what has been going on behind the scenes in recent years.

The author is incredibly knowledgeable and very skilled at weaving the current and historical situation into the action-packed story. With this book, Jens Henrik Jensen has proved that he is one of the top Danish thriller writers of international calibre.

Jensen at international level

“The Wolf in Banja Luka” is written in Jens Henrik Jensen’s distinctive style: it is characterized by thorough research, which clearly is a result of his background as a journalist. At the same time, Jens Henrik Jensen again proves his remarkable skill at creating a plot in a political setting that is both current and convincing.

His description of places and surroundings – the shattered Mostar, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Sarajaveo – places that most of us only know from the TV screen after years of war – oozes intimacy, insight, knowledge and exuberant language.

Jens Henrik Jensen also demonstrates a keen analytical eye. Why did it go so terribly wrong in Kosovo? What actually came out of the Dayton agreement? What is the political reality that the world faces after September 11?

Jens Henrik Jensen is without doubt a splendid writer, even at international level.

What do the readers say?

A fantastic novel. A fantastic story. I am impressed by the huge knowledge the author shares with us as regards the historical development in the former Yugoslavia, the geographic details, the human mind and the complex plot.
Don't now how he does it - but dammit, he does it good.
♦ Ole Danborg, reader at Facebook

An exorbitant exiting novel. In addition a novel which leaves you wiser. And gosh... What descriptions of the many places. Like being there yourself!
♦ Erik P., former soldier at Facebook

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