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Part of a human torso washes up on a beach near Goteborg, 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.

Review:

"In Swedish author Tursten's outstanding second police procedural to feature Irene Huss of the Gteborg Violent Crimes Unit (after 2003's Detective Inspector Huss), the discovery of a dismembered corpse initiates a frustrating chase for a wily serial killer. The trail leads to Copenhagen, where Huss realizes the same murderer committed a similar horrific crime. After several more deaths, the complex investigation reaches a frightening climax and stunning conclusion. Smart and intuitive, Huss is a fully realized character, whose demanding job often collides with obligations to her chef husband, twin teenage daughters and wandering terrier. While the locales and sensibilities resemble those of such other Scandinavian writers as Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum, the private lives, work habits and personal quirks of Huss's colleagues are as individual as those of the cops in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct. Some readers may be put off by the gruesome crime scene descriptions, but all will relish the vivid writing, strong sense of place, distinctive characters and steady pace." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The scenes in which Huss tracks her killer through the underbelly of Copenhagen are as good as Louise Welsh's similarly creepy tour of Glasgow in The Cutting Room." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[Tursten] is a master at setting the scene, detailing a foreign milieu until it feels familiar. She juggles a large cast of characters with aplomb." Time Out Chicago

Review:

"One of the better examples of the Swedish crime fiction invasion." Baltimore Sun

Review:

"Spins a good story...this is a solid police procedural." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Inspector Huss's contacts turn up in bits and pieces.

Synopsis:

Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. Other books in the Irene Huss series include Detective Inspector Huss, Night Rounds, The Glass Devil, The Golden Calf, The Fire Dance, and The Beige Man. Her books have been translated into 18 languages. She was born in Göteborg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband and daughter.

Synopsis:

When part of a human torso that is so mutilated that its gender can only be established by DNA testing washes up on a beach near Goteborg, Sweden, Detective Inspector Irene Huss is dispatched to Copenhagen to liaise with police there in pursuing the killer.

About the Author

Helene Tursten has been compared to P. D. James in her native Sweden. Her two subsequent Irene Huss mysteries have been highly praised. She was born in Goteborg in 1954 where she now lives.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781569474532
Author:
Tursten, Helene
Publisher:
Soho Crime
Translator:
Tucker, Katarina E.
Translator:
Tucker, Katarina
Author:
Tucker, Katarina
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
mystery;fiction;sweden;irene huss;crime;denmark;necrophilia;novel;police procedural;crime fiction
Subject:
mystery;fiction;sweden;irene huss;crime;denmark;necrophilia;novel;police procedural;swedish;crime fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
An Irene Huss Investigation
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.48x5.30x.96 in. .61 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Soho Crime - English 9781569474532 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Swedish author Tursten's outstanding second police procedural to feature Irene Huss of the Gteborg Violent Crimes Unit (after 2003's Detective Inspector Huss), the discovery of a dismembered corpse initiates a frustrating chase for a wily serial killer. The trail leads to Copenhagen, where Huss realizes the same murderer committed a similar horrific crime. After several more deaths, the complex investigation reaches a frightening climax and stunning conclusion. Smart and intuitive, Huss is a fully realized character, whose demanding job often collides with obligations to her chef husband, twin teenage daughters and wandering terrier. While the locales and sensibilities resemble those of such other Scandinavian writers as Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum, the private lives, work habits and personal quirks of Huss's colleagues are as individual as those of the cops in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct. Some readers may be put off by the gruesome crime scene descriptions, but all will relish the vivid writing, strong sense of place, distinctive characters and steady pace." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The scenes in which Huss tracks her killer through the underbelly of Copenhagen are as good as Louise Welsh's similarly creepy tour of Glasgow in The Cutting Room."
"Review" by , "[Tursten] is a master at setting the scene, detailing a foreign milieu until it feels familiar. She juggles a large cast of characters with aplomb."
"Review" by , "One of the better examples of the Swedish crime fiction invasion."
"Review" by , "Spins a good story...this is a solid police procedural."
"Synopsis" by ,
Inspector Huss's contacts turn up in bits and pieces.

"Synopsis" by , Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. Other books in the Irene Huss series include Detective Inspector Huss, Night Rounds, The Glass Devil, The Golden Calf, The Fire Dance, and The Beige Man. Her books have been translated into 18 languages. She was born in Göteborg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband and daughter.
"Synopsis" by , When part of a human torso that is so mutilated that its gender can only be established by DNA testing washes up on a beach near Goteborg, Sweden, Detective Inspector Irene Huss is dispatched to Copenhagen to liaise with police there in pursuing the killer.
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