Synopses & Reviews
Irene Huss is a former Ju-Jitsu champion, a mother of twin teenage girls, the wife of a successful chef, and a Detective Inspector with the Violent Crimes Unit in Goteborg, Sweden. And now she’s back with a gripping follow-up to Detective Inspector Huss
One nurse lies dead and another vanishes after their hospital is hit by a blackout. The only witness claims to have seen Nurse Tekla doing her rounds, but Nurse Tekla died sixty years ago. Detective Inspector Irene Huss of the Violent Crimes Unit has the challenge of disentangling wandering ghosts and complex human relationships to get to the bottom of this intriguing case.
A cult hit in its first three installments, the Irene Huss series is available once again for English-language fans.
"A self-effacing but effective lead plus a complex whodunit plot add up to a superior Scandinavian crime novel, Tursten's fourth featuring Det. Insp. Irene Huss (after 2007's The Glass Devil). When a nurse, Marianne SvÃ¤rd, is found strangled at a small hospital in GÃ¶teborg after a blackout that also claimed the life of a patient who was on a respirator, the night nurse on duty, Siv Persson, tells the police an incredible story. While the power was out, Persson claims she saw the ghost of a nurse who committed suicide in the hospital 50 years earlier after having an affair with a surgeon. While Huss and her team instantly dismiss a supernatural explanation, she becomes convinced that the motive for SvÃ¤rd's slaying stems from the hospital's past. Tursten does an outstanding job of offering multiple plausible murderers, making this the rare procedural that actually requires the reader to evaluate alibis, motives, and means to solve the case. Agent: Anneli Hoier." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. Other books in the Irene Huss series include Detective Inspector Huss, The Torso, and The Glass Devil. She was born in Goteborg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband and daughter.