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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: SOHO PRESS; Reprint edition (23 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616951117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616951115
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.6 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dw Marshall on 23 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
I love Scandinavian cop books. I came across this book by total accident and began to read it. On the evidence of the portion I had read I ordered the other two books by the author.
The characters are good, solid. The hinterland of the novels owes much to Wahloo and Manning and the stories are interesting. I enjoy the forays into Huss' family life and the interaction of the cops. All good.
However, when I had read a little further, I regretted ordering the other books. Why? Because of the translation. It began really well. Later it became clumsy and contorted. It almost seems that the American translation had been farmed out to various translators and that the final product was a mongrel construct of several people. As such, it suffers badly. Sections flow, others clunk.
The later books show different translators but, having begun the second, find the same erratic nature of language.
It was illuminating to read on the back of my copy the comment from the New York Review of Books,(was it?), to the effect that reading a foreign novel was a mind expanding experience.
Scary.
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By Allan DB on 26 May 2014
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When financier Richard von Knecht drops dead in the street the first question for the pólice is whether he jumped, fell or was pushed from his third floor balcony. Det Inspector Irene Huss is part of the team to investigate. Published in Sweden in 1998 this is Helene Tursten's first book. It is almost 400 pages long but seems longer because of the slow pace and various asides. As a pólice procedural it is very good but as usual there is too much about Irene's home life with husband Krister and the teenage twin daughters, a few interludes on how to be a good Swede and the usual stereotypes in the pólice forcé - young, sexist male, two decrepit males, almost 60 years old, and the outsider this time is a Finn. Despite my reservations I liked the book and shall read the other two available in English. Other reviewers have commented on the translation; true, not ideal but easier than learning Swedish.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE on 22 Feb. 2011
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Although I often enthuse about Scandinavian crime fiction, DETECTIVE INSPECTOR HUSS is an excellent police procedural even by the sky-high standards of authors such as Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, Arnaldur Indridason and Kjell Eriksson.
Irene Huss is a 40-something police detective, happily married to Krister, a chef, and with twin teenage daughters Kristina and Jenny. The book tells the story of her and her colleagues' investigation into the death of a rich financier, Richard von Knecht, who falls from his balcony window in spectacular fashion as the book opens in the middle of a cold and slushy Swedish winter, while his wife and their adult son are waiting for him in their car below.
Immediately, the strength of the story writing is apparent. In the style of the brilliant "parents" of the genre, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, the book covers in full the details and interpersonal dynamics of the police investigation, as the half dozen or so cops follow up all the leads and meet up every morning over ubiquitous cups of coffee to review progress, decide next steps, and assign tasks for the upcoming day. Gradually, the characters crystallise in the reader's mind: the titular Irene is always juggling home and work duties, though work doesn't have much trouble in winning that particular struggle. She's feisty yet practical and humorous, in many small ways defusing the tensions between other members of the team and keeping them optimistic that a solution to the case will be found, although she is certainly no Pollyanna. She doesn't own a handbag, wears jeans and a padded jacket (with lots of pockets), and doesn't bother about the housework - definitely my kind of woman.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Edwards VINE VOICE on 12 April 2011
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A first rate police procedural, which tries to stay as close to gritty realism as the need to entertain allows.
A well developed, multi threaded, plot moves along well, and I thought that the characterisation was pretty good. It is really refreshing, for the heroine to be happily married, respected by her colleagues and boss, and keen to be a good team member, rather than the usual stereotypes. Irene Huss comes across as a real human being rather than a cartoon.
I haven't given the book five stars, because of the truly dreadful translation. It is taken too literally, so that there is a lot of Swedish cadence and structure, translated word for word into what appears to be 1970s American English. The book deserves better, and the fact that it is still a very satisfying read says a lot for the strength of the original work by Helene Tursten.
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By Roland Dixon on 18 Mar. 2014
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Nice to see a police inspector who isn't racked with guilt (well, not much) and also has a fairly settled and conventional home life. And the case was enthralling from the first page. It suggests that Sweden isn't quite as 'good' as one thought. But where is? The book was very enjoyable and I do want to read more and possibly watch some DVDs.
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I'm having a break from this book, I shall finish it, but am reading a Library book at the mo as Inspector Huss isn't really an "unputdownable" read, I've got to Chapter 5 and am flagging which is a shame. So, a readable whodunnit but not a gripping read YET.
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