Synopses & Reviews
The second in an “excellent series blowing out of Scandinavia” (The Globe and Mail)
featuring brilliant and enigmatic Detective Hanne Wilhelmsen on the hunt for a serial killer who targets immigrants.
It is only the beginning of May but to Norwegians, the unseasonable heat already feels tropical when criminal investigating officer Hanne Wilhelmsen is sent to a macabre crime scene on the outskirts of Oslo: an abandoned shed that is covered in blood. On one wall is an eight-digit number written in blood. There is no sign of a victim — is it just a kid’s prank, or foul play? Is it even human blood? Hanne has a bad feeling about the numbers, but without further evidence, she can do nothing.
As more bloody numbers are found throughout Oslo, Hanne’s colleague Håkon Sand discovers that the eight-digit number corresponds to the filing number of foreign immigrants waiting to be granted Norwegian citizenship — all female, all missing. When a dead body is finally unearthed, Hanne and Håkon fear they have a serial killer on their hands. Meanwhile, an unsolved rape case appears to be connected to the murders and Hanne and Håkon must race to find the killer, before he is hunted down by one of his own victims.
"A sympathetic lead distinguishes Holt's second novel featuring Oslo's Det. Insp. Hanne Wilhelmsen (after The Blind Goddess). Hanne has been keeping her relationship with her female lover a secret, a choice that creates tension between the two women. Professionally, the inspector must deal with the person who's leaving rooms drenched with blood every Saturday night, but without traces of an actual body, as well as a series of rapes. Evocative descriptive prose is a plus ('In the west, the heavens showed that intense hue only a Scandinavian sky in springtime is blessed with royal blue on the horizon and lighter toward the meridian, before dissolving into a pink eiderdown where the sun was still lying lazily in the east'). Holt made her U.S. debut in 2011 with the eighth book in the series, 1222, which was an Edgar finalist." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Anne Holt is the godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction.” Jo Nesbø
“Holt proves a masterful plotter. Unexpected twists hold up to scrutiny, loose ends are tied up and the finale leaves readers wanting more.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A good old-fashioned mystery.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Expertly translated forAmerican readers by the highly capable Anne Bruce… A wonderful combination ofold-school police procedure and amateur detective work…. Holt is a master ofbalancing criminal procedure with suspense…. This is a series that demands tobe read, and the more quickly the better.”
The second book in Edgar-nominated Anne Holt’s international bestselling mystery series featuring detective Hanne Wilhelmsen, last seen in The Blind Goddess
IT is only the beginning of May but in Oslo a brutal heat wave has coincided with an alarming increase in violent crime. In the latest instance, police investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen is sent to a macabre crime scene on the outskirts of town. An abandoned shed is covered in blood. On one wall an eight-digit number is written in blood. There is no body — nor any sign of a victim. Is it a kid’s prank or foul play? Is it even human blood?
As more bloody numbers are found in isolated locations throughout Oslo, Hanne’s colleague Håkon Sand makes a startling discovery: the digits correspond to the filing numbers of foreign immigrants. All are female, all are missing. Is there a serial killer on the loose in Oslo? How does the killer have access to immigrant data?
Meanwhile, as the trail heats up, the victim of a horrific unsolved rape case and her father have each decided to take justice into their own hands. Hanne and Håkon soon discover that they aren’t the only ones on the hunt for the killer.
About the Author
Anne Holt has worked as a journalist and news anchor and spent two years working for the Oslo Police Department before founding her own law firm and serving as Norway’s Minister for Justice in 1996-97. Her first book was published in 1993 and her works have been translated into over twenty-five languages. Her novel 1222 was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in Oslo with her family.