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The Torso (Inspector Huss Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Helene Tursten , Katarina Tucker
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Part of a human torso washes up on a beach near Göteborg, Sweden. It is so mutilated that gender is only established by DNA testing. A similar crime, now several years old, remains unsolved in Denmark. Detective Inspector Irene Huss is dispatched to Copenhagen to liaise with police. Then a third corpse is discovered. This time it’s identified. It is a girl Detective Huss knew; she had been asked by the girl’s mother to locate her missing daughter. A fourth victim, the son of a woman heading the Copenhagen crime squad, is also known to Huss. She fears the killer is tracking her, killing people with whom she is connected. There is even a chilling suggestion that he or she is one of her colleagues.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2837 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (1 April 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars 'Overuse of the word 'Gotten' 21 July 2014
Although the plot is well thought-out and the characters 'believable', the annoying translation into American-English spoilt the whole book. The overuse of the word 'gotten' which isn't a good word to use anyway, supplemented by other phrases which are only understandable to a US audience meant that I couldn't concentrate on the actual storyline.
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By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
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A woman walking her dog along the beach makes the grim discovery of a rotting human torso inside a black refuse sack. Inspector Irene Huss of the Goteborg police is assigned the case. As in the previous book, DETECTIVE INSPECTOR HUSS, Irene's colleagues help out via the daily "morning prayers" meeting and with a range of tasks, but Irene is the main focus of the story, not least when the investigation becomes very personal for her.
The clue of an unusual tattoo on the victim's body eventually leads the police to the case of a similar, unsolved murder that took place a couple of years previously, in Copenhagen. Irene is duly dispatched to collaborate with the Danish police, but upon arriving she is puzzled and suspicious by the reception she receives. Could one of the Danes be involved?
I was initially put off this book by its ghoulish theme, but I am very glad I overcame my reluctance. Although the case becomes more and more repellent, the straightforward writing style, not shying away from anything but with no hint of sensationalism, is utterly absorbing. After it was written (in 2000, the book was not translated into English until 2006), a similar true-life case in Germany caused international revulsion when it reached the courts. THE TORSO's calm yet detailed dissection of a horribly dark motivation is all the more effective for avoiding hyperbole and hysteria.
I particularly like the integration of the detectives' lives into the story: Irene is faced with the disgusting finding, yet at the same time she is thinking about her domestic duties at home and how to cover them while she works extra hours on the case. And her colleagues turn out to have their own concerns also: two are about to get married to each other, another is revealed as an alcoholic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gory but gripping 29 Jun. 2014
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Not for the squeamish. Gradually working my way through the Inspector Huss books..engaging series for fans of Scandi Crime. Mostly believable though Irene is a bit reckless for an experienced detective with apparently happy home life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swedish noir 28 Mar. 2014
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Outstanding,dark and gritty . the best Swedish crime book I have read since The girl who played with fire written by Stieg Larsson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story 17 Nov. 2013
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Enjoyed this as much as the last one. Kirsten is a good story teller and her characters are very believable. I wanted to read in one go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good series 10 Sept. 2014
By Mr. Stephen Edwards VINE VOICE
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A really good thriller/procedural. The Gothenberg/Copenhagen contrasts work well, and Inspector Huss is coming along nicely as a character. The translation is dreadful.
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