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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: SOHO PRESS (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616952989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616952983
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Clarke on 19 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the fifth police procedural novel featuring Detective
Irene Huss of Gothenburg Police to be published in English.
Here again the author,Helene Tursten,shows herself to be
amongst the best writers of the genre.It is only a shame that
although she has a US publisher,not a British one.
A wealthy restauranteur is found murdered in his plush
Gothenburg house.As Huss and her colleagues investigate,
there are further murders,and the identity of the likely perpetrator-
ever changing.
The intricate plot concerns shady business deals and their repercussions.
The police procedural aspects of the novel are particularly well done,
especially the morning 'prayer' meetings,and the character of Irene Huss
is always a delight.An excellent read,slightly tarnished by the hurried
ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Despite my passion for Scandinavian crime fiction I am ashamed to admit that Helene Tursten is an author I have not read before, and on reading this, the fifth in the series, I will certainly be catching up on the other four! With all the essential ingredients of a compelling Scandi crime thriller, but with an altogether lighter feel than some of the other established authors, Tursten weaves a finely crafted police procedural with the incredibly likeable DI Huss at the centre. Huss has a great balance of intelligence and dogged determination suffused with a ready wit and a natural empathy with those she encounters in her professional life. The rapport with herself and her police partner Tommy adds a nice touch to the book, as this investigation proves to be a thorny and emotional one with more than one damaged victim along the way. The characterisation throughout is good and I particularly liked that the central suspect, Sanna, was so completely infuriating and annoying, that I relished every harsh interrogation of her at the hands of Irene and Tommy. I found the storyline involving Annika Hermansson, interviewed by Irene in conjunction with the investigation, particularly heartfelt arousing my sympathy for her and the tragic nature of her life. The plot is quite convulated with the overlapping murder investigations, and for me, a more than necessary amount of the workings and dark shennanigans of the business world which does become a little tedious in its factual detail as Huss herself struggles with the intricacies of the financial world. However, in the overall scheme of the book this is just a minor irritation as the plot moves along at a steady place with the story pivoting between Europe and America. As I said at the beginning despite the violence of the central murders, there is a natural humour to the book, lightening the mood and I found this to be refreshingly different from other authors within the Scandinavian crime genre and definitely an author to catch up on...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit on 28 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
It is really refreshing to read a Scandinavian police procedural that is a straightforward investigation of a crime or murder, peopled by uncomplicated detectives. Such is this novel, the fifth in the Detective Inspector Irene Huss mystery series, which begins with one murder and is followed by more which eventually prove to be related.

The first victim is a wealthy restaurateur, found by his wife with two bullet wounds in his head. Another three murdered persons are found with the same wounds. The only thing apparent initially is the first victim's wife, who also was a business associate in a dot-com venture with the three later victims. The question immediately arises, is she the murderer or possibly the next victim. And the plot unfolds.

Huss is a complex character, competent detective, mother of twins, and wife of a celebrated chef. The author painstakingly creates a satisfying police procedural, weaving together a believable story woven from a set of facts that are derived from a combination of financial fraud, organized crime and just plain human emotions. It is written simply and translated well, and is recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blyth on 25 Jun. 2013
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As usual for Helen Tursten, this is an enjoyable book. She characterises well, both her team and family.

In this book everyone has moved on a few years, the children, her colleagues and the dog. And her boss, who is over 60 and therefore barely able to function (in the author's view).

The story is a bit far fetched though. It is about financial miss-doings that lead to a number of murders and the link stretches credibility a little. The endings tend to be a bit poor and this is the case here. Nevertheless, I like Inspector Huss and would read more if there were more.
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