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Blessed Are Those Who Thirst (HANNE WILHELMSEN SERIES)

Blessed Are Those Who Thirst (HANNE WILHELMSEN SERIES) [Kindle Edition]

Anne Holt
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Fast-paced and involving.... Holt knows psychology as well as she knows the ins and outs of police-work. She quickly draws the reader into the minds and lives of half a dozen disparate characters--none more interesting than Inspector Wilhelmsen herself... Holt's visions of societal and ethical decay are balanced by glimpses of great poignancy, human consolation and love. --Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

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In the second instalment of the Hanne Wilhelmsen series, the detective hunts down a serial rapist - but can she find him before a father devastated by an attack on his daughter takes the law into his own hands?

'Anne Holt is the Godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction' Jo Nesbo

The Oslo police are baffled. Crime scenes are being found covered with blood, but there is no victim. Only an odd series of numbers is left behind.

When a girl is brutally raped in her apartment. Detective Hanne Wilhelmsen is charged with solving the case. Hanne quickly notices strange similarities with the blood-stained crime scenes. But the victim's father has started an independent hunt for the rapist...and Hanne will have to race against time to prevent a victim becoming a vigilante.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3630 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (9 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A25NLQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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... here just at the beginning of her career. It is the second book she wrote after The Blind Goddess (Hanne Wilhelmsen 1).

Before the readers continue to reclaim the "outdated" DNA procedures of the Oslo Police, please be aware that this book is the second in the Hanne-Wilhelmsen Series and the crimes take place in the year 1993!
The book first came out in Norway in 1994, so it is not surprising that the police has to work with the old methods.
So 20 years have passed...

...since the Oslo Police Department is finding in the hottest spring within living memory every early Sunday morning in solitary, enclosed places obvious crime scenes splattered with immense quantities of blood, but never a victim. Some numbers are scratched onto a wall - that's all.

The a young woman is raped in her apartment. Detective Hanne Wilhelmsen is charged with solving the case. Soon the victim's father starts an investigation of his own for the culprit with some real success. But his daughter cries for revenge...

Still at the beginning of the series, Hanne Wilhelmson is still a bit rough in her contours, but she will soon take a better shape in the following thrillers of the series.
I have read them all, years ago in German language and I can only recommend them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blessed Are Those Who Thirst --Anne Holt 29 Jan 2013
By Simon Clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the second novel in the Detective Hanne Wilhelmsen series.
Oslo is experiencing a heatwave,whilst a spate of rapes and other
violent crimes are drastically stretching police resources.
Wilhelmsen is investigating both an incident of rape and case of
a large amount of blood found in a shed with no body,but numbers
found written in the blood.As the case progresses ,the rape victim,
her father,and Wilhelmsen are all in pursuit of the perpetrator.
This is a highly readable novel,although perhaps not the author at
the peak of her talents. An engaging plot,with a social edge,and
the ever fascinating Hanne Wilhelmsen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first book! 23 Jan 2013
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Having enjoyed the first Hanne Wilhelmsen novel, I looked forward to this second book. and was not disappointed. In fact this is an assured and well crafted story which grips from the opening page.

The plot involves a murder, of course. but also deals with rape, illegal immigration and revenge; all handled with sensitivity and extraordinary compassion for the characters involved. As is true of the best writing in the crime genre, the relationships are as important as the events, and this is true for the heroine too. Hanne's personal life, so deftly established in the first novel, is developed here in a convincing and intriguing manner.

There is a well-sustained balance between our interest in the hunt for a brutal killer and rapist, ( a hunt by both the police and the rape victim's father), and in the growing tension at the heart of Hanne's own life.

The denouement is strong and left this reader eagerly awaiting Hanne Willhelmsen Three!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blessed are those... 16 Jun 2014
By Chris W
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First book I have read by this author. Found the plot rather thin. Characters are not very convincing or well drawn. Not sure if I would bother to read another in the series. It was an average read and lacked any sort of complexity for me. Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson fans take comparison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read... 13 May 2014
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Really strong writing from a great female author and a very strong lead female character too - engaging read no doubt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 9 Dec 2013
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Enjoyed the story and.found it hard to put down it gripped me from start to finish. Great read loved it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scandinavin talent 29 Aug 2013
By Des
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This great writer has been about for a while but the market has been dominated for too long by a dead sensationalist and a guy who has given up; the former, a flash in the pan, the latter, a genius who retired. This is gold, if not platinum!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent crime thriller from Holt 12 July 2013
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I can't even begin to describe or verbalise how mucho enjoyed this novel. Excellent plot with some clever twists, fantastic characters all set against an amazing scandic backdrop. Read it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping but strangely elusive
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting but it has a strange style. Nothing is cut and dried. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Holt
I really enjoy the way Holt writes, she manages to build up the tension in her books and then brings all the threads together in the later half. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs DA Peacock
1.0 out of 5 stars trivial
The blurb says 'move over Stieg Larson!' I think not! It has none of Larson's complexity. The characters are thin, the plot trivial. Read more
Published 13 months ago by E. M. Stansbridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite readable
I enjoyed this, as I did the other 2 Anne Holt books I had read. I just didn't find this one that good. The main character, Hanne , seems to have morphed into a silly girlie ! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Margaret A. Layton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Another great story. You get to know Hanne and her character well especially if you have read the first story about her
Published 15 months ago by Michael J. Cushing
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
will continue with this series have really enjoyed it but then Anne Holt always delivers a good and exciting storyline
Published 15 months ago by M. A. Aitken
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and Realistic.
I received my copy from Corvus through Nudge and rated it 4.5 stars.

It is May and Oslo finds itself in the middle of an unseasonal heat-wave when Detective Hanne... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Marleen
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