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The Glass Devil (Inspector Huss Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Helene Tursten , Katarina Tucker
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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The principal of a high school telephones his friend, Inspector Andersson of the Göteborg Crime Police; one of his teachers failed to show up for work. To Inspector Irene Huss’ surprise, on the basis of this vague complaint her boss drives out with her to a remote cottage in snowbound southern Sweden to investigate. There they find a body, its head blasted by a rifle. Teacher Jacob Schyttelius has been murdered. When they go to break the news to his elderly parents, Pastor Sten Schyttelius and his wife, they find the couple dead in their beds, each shot between the eyes. Upside-down pentagrams have been drawn in blood on their computer screens. The only surviving member of the family is a daughter, now residing in London, but she is too distressed to be interviewed. Is the killer a member of a satanic cult? Is it the parish treasurer, rumored to have been embezzling church funds? Or one of the assistant pastors, tired of waiting for a promotion? Perhaps the attractive blonde who sings in church and practices witchcraft? Irene Huss has a hunch that the answer lies in England, and she travels there twice to discover the reason for this triple homicide.


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  • Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 732 KB
    • Print Length: 321 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1569474524
    • Publisher: Soho Crime (1 April 2007)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004HYHB2A
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Really good 19 Jun. 2013
    By Maxwell
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have now read 3 of the Inspector Huss series and I have really enjoyed them. I don't agree with other reviews about the translations they were all fine to me and certainly won't stop me buying the rest of the series.
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    6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written novel with an engaging detective 24 July 2009
    By Feanor
    Format:Paperback
    The Glass Devil is as poor an example of the Nordic crime genre as we can imagine. This is a very poor effort, I'm saddened to say, especially because in Inspector Irene Huss is an interesting protagonist - a loving wife and mother and workaholic. A teacher is found brutally slain, and when the police go over to his parents' place to break the news, they find that the couple have been murdered as well. There are signs of Satanism (inverted pentagrams and all), and evidence of computer geekery - the hard-drives of the machines have been found completely wiped. It turns out that the surviving member of the family is a daughter (a computer geek) based in London, who has been so stunned by the deaths of her kin that she suffers a mental collapse. Huss is forced to travel to London to interrogate the woman, and there's an entirely pointless addition of a travelogue about the places she has time to visit and H&M shopping she is able to accomplish while she awaits the woman's pleasure. Even more egregious is the several pages describing a gruesome attack on Huss by drug-addled rapists that she is able to repel owing to her Olympic-level jiu-jitsu. What was the point of this? What are the chances that a chance visitor in London will suffer such an attack? Negligible, I'd have thought. The attack does nothing to advance the plot, adds little to Huss's character development, and serves no earthly purpose I could discern. But what really got my goat were the footnotes that dotted the book at various places. The publisher evidently is targeting an American audience, for whenever the text used metric measurements, a footnote would translate into imperial measures. Now consider - how many readers of translated fiction would be unaware of the metric system? It's just a puerile insult to one's intelligence. And, I'm sad to say, the book is no better, discussing that old standby of Scandinavian child abuse. Evidently there are no other social problems worth addressing in that idyllic land.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read 12 Oct. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Another great read with inspector Huss. Great suspense and build up. Very good plot and imagining ending. I hope to read another one soon.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Sandinavian thriller fan 19 Mar. 2013
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This book arrived in good time. It is an excellent read. Well plotted and well written. I could not put it down.
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