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Detective Inspector Huss Paperback – 6 Jan 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: SohoCrime,US; Reprint edition (6 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569473706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569473702
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,379,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Add the voice of Helen Tursten to the list of mystery writers who know how to craft a truly satisfying police procedural."--"Philadelphia Inquirer"
"An absorbing, intelligent mystery that holds its own alongside the best feminine hardboiled novels currently being written by Englishwomen Val McDermid and Liza Cody, and our own Sara Paretsky."--Maureen Corrigan, NPR, "Fresh Air"
"The picture Tursten provides of Sweden's growing anti-immigrant resentment--embodied in Huss' skinhead daughter--imbues this novel with a cold chill of dread that can't be attributed only to the subfreezing temperatures of Goteborg in winter."--"Chicago Sun-Times"

"Add the voice of Helene Tursten to the list of mystery writers who know how to craft a truly satisfying police procedural."
--"Philadelphia Inquirer"
"An absorbing, intelligent mystery that holds its own alongside the best feminine hardboiled novels currently being written by Englishwomen Val McDermid and Liza Cody, and our own Sara Paretsky."
--Maureen Corrigan, NPR, "Fresh Air"
"The picture Tursten provides of Sweden's growing anti-immigrant resentment--embodied in Huss' skinhead daughter--imbues this novel with a cold chill of dread that can't be attributed only to the subfreezing temperatures of GOteborg in winter."
--"Chicago Sun-Times"

Praise for "Detective Inspector Huss"
"An absorbing, intelligent mystery that holds its own alongside the best feminine hardboiled novels currently being written."
--Maureen Corrigan, "The Washington Post Book World"
"Add the voice of Helene Tursten to the list of mystery writers who know how to craft a truly satisfying police procedural."
--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
"[Tursten] imbues this novel with a cold chill of dread that can't be attributed only to the subfreezing temperatures of GOteborg in winter."
--"Chicago Sun-Times"
"An intriguing portrait of the workings of a murder squad as well as modern Swedish life."
--"Portsmouth Herald"

Praise for "Detective Inspector Huss"
An absorbing, intelligent mystery that holds its own alongside the best feminine hardboiled novels currently being written.
Maureen Corrigan, "The Washington Post Book World"
Add the voice of Helene Tursten to the list of mystery writers who know how to craft a truly satisfying police procedural.
"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
[Tursten] imbues this novel with a cold chill of dread that can t be attributed only to the subfreezing temperatures of Goteborg in winter.
"Chicago Sun-Times"
An intriguing portrait of the workings of a murder squad as well as modern Swedish life.
"Portsmouth Herald"" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. Other books in the Irene Huss series include "Night Rounds," "The Torso," "The Glass Devil," "The Golden Calf," "The Beige Man," and "The Treacherous Net." She was born in Goteborg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband and daughter." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Customer Reviews

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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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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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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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very well written - it is not misery all round and not anti-capitalist (misery lovers and anti-capitalists be aware) unlike many other Scandinavian crime fiction. It is a prcedural with nice characters. I will return to this series.
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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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I enjoyed this book. There is enough going on.

A very wealthy Swedish businessman is murdered. There is supposed insight to the lives of the wealthy.

The ending is a little weak.
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Format: Paperback
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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