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4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome case for Inspector Irene Huss - pity we had to wait 13 years for the translation, 26 May 2012
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Maxine Clarke "Maxine of Petrona" (Kingston upon Thames, Surrey United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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The Lowander Institute is a crumbling private hospital in Goteborg, Sweden - not only is the fabric of the building falling to pieces but the number of patients is rapidly declining over time. One night, there is a power cut, which causes a crisis for one of the patients in intensive care who is recovering from an operation as the standby generator in the basement did not work. A nurse is found, lying dead, on the generator - which is subsequently found to have been sabotaged.

Criminal Inspector Irene Huss and her colleagues are called in: the novel tells the story of the case as the police search for a motive and evidence that might lead to a perpetrator. Although the detectives uncover plenty of information, it is impossible for them to tell which of it is relevant to the crime, particularly when other bad deeds become apparent.

The bulk of the novel follows the established trajectory of this series, as the team of cops meets every morning to assess progress in the case and to assign tasks for the next day. Irene and her colleagues talk to witnesses who believe that the criminal is the ghost of a nurse who hanged herself many years ago in the attic there, and who is now said to undertake her "night rounds" between midnight and one in the morning, which is the time when the murder occurred.

The other familiar element of the novel is the window it presents into Irene's domestic life and issues with her chef husband Krister, twin daughters, and dog Sammie. Several aspects slot into place, as the two novels in the series subsequent to this one have been translated some time ago. Irene herself is a woman thankfully immune to fashion and trends, so she often feels dowdy compared with some of her glossy interviewees, and indeed is quite susceptible (in theory) to the handsomer of the male ones.

Night Rounds is, as can be expected from Helene Tursten, a good, solid police procedural that holds up well in the 13 years since it was first published in Swedish. The ending is a little ham-fisted and the essence of the story lacks the punch of some of the other books, though like the others, the crime is rooted in the past so the fascinating uncovering of old events and passions forms an integral part of the narrative. The book is an engaging read and no doubt will be enjoyed by those who, like myself, are very fond of Irene Huss as a realistic, independent character juggling personal and professional demands. Laura A. Wideburg, who has previously translated novels by Inger Frimansson, has done an excellent job here in conveying the story in colloquial (American English) prose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Night Rounds--Helene Tursten, 5 Jun. 2012
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Simon Clarke (Hackney, London) - See all my reviews
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'Night Rounds' is the fourth novel to be translated into English,
featuring Criminal Investigator Irene Huss of the Gothenburg police.
(Sequentially this is the second novel in the series,but being
published out of order did not spoil my enjoyment.)
Dr.Sverker Lowander runs a small private hospital which he inherited
from his father.One night he discovers that a nurse has been murdered
in the hospital following a power blackout,and another of his nurses
appears to have gone missing.A further nurse,who is the only witness
thinks that she saw the ghost of a nurse who had been dead for 60
years around the hospital at the time of the murder.
As Irene Huss and her colleagues investigate ,they follow one lead
after another as the plot develops into a classic and engaging police
procedural novel.However,what enhances the story is the character of
Irene Huss.Aside from her intuitive powers of detection,she is an
interesting person,bringing up two teenaged twins with a supportive
husband,and unusually for crime fiction,she is not bogged down
by a troublesome past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 6 Jan. 2015
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Elaine Tomasso (Troon. Uk) - See all my reviews
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A nurse is murdered during a power failure in a small private hospital. At the same time a patient dies as there is no electricity to power his ventilator and the next day another nurse is discovered missing. An elderly nurse insists she saw the perpetrator and she was a ghost. This is the basic plot of a solid police procedural. It is not particularly riveting but it gets the job done, examining the case from all angles and leading the team looking into the historical aspects to be nicknamed Ghostbusters. I enjoyed these historical details and the methodology behind the investigation but I felt the ending was a bit of a damp squib. I also liked the way Ms Tursten intertwined the investigation with details of Inspector Huss's home life - it makes her more human, especially as she frequently expresses a desire to stop work and go home, not something you see often in crime fiction but understandable given the shocking sexism rife in her department - surely that cannot be the way things were in the 90s? There are good and bad things in this novel but it is, as I've said before, a solid read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Irene Huss so far, 11 Feb. 2013
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Couldn't put this down - gripping investigation with interesting social commentary and great development of family characters (and I love Sammie)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 18 Mar. 2015
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Enjoyed reading this one. On to the next
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but weak ending, 12 Jun. 2013
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Blyth (Northumberland, England) - See all my reviews
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I found this book to be interesting. The writer describes family life and the characters in the team well and the plot is interesting enough. However she seems to have some difficulty finishing the story and the ending is a little weak.

There are a number of murders surrounding and in a private hospital and the book is mainly about these murders and solving them.

There is the usual difficulty going on with one of Inspector Huss's daughters, who seems to be attracted to risky boys.

Also the writer seems to think that anyone over the age of about 50, especially men, are way past it. This is a bit insulting to many of her readers I would guess.

Nevertheless a good read and I will read more by Helen Tursten.
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