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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," Washington Post Book World

"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 Göteborg in winter."—Chicago Sun-Times

Inspector Irene Huss, stationed in Göteborg, is called through the rain-drenched wintry streets to the scene of an apparent suicide. The dead man landed on the sidewalk in front of his luxurious duplex apartment. He was a wealthy financier connected, through an old-boys’ network, with the first families of Sweden. But the "Society Suicide" turns out to have been a carefully plotted murder. As more murders ensue, she tangles with street gang members, skinheads, immigrants and neo-Nazis—a cross-section of Sweden’s disaffected—in order to catch the killer.

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

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Detective Inspector Huss
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3.9 / 5
Great introduction!
November 20th, 2015
I really enjoyed meeting Irene Huss & her colleagues! Helena Tursten has allowed us into their work & private lives and I look forward to meeting the team again in the next book. The book was captivating & compelling with many twists & turns with a surprise ending. A great read on many levels!
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Detective inspector Huss
November 15th, 2015
I have read many scandinavian thrillers. This one had a good story but became a bit boring and uneventful. I read half the book then had to skip to the last chapter to finish it off.
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M0re Scandi Noir
May 21st, 2015
This book introduces us to Inspector Irene Huss. The storyline was good, especially the ending which neatly tied all loose ends together. I think parts of the book were lost in translation & the book would have worked better for me if it was shorter. Some of the chapters were repetetive & didn't enhance the storyline. Having said this, I've already purchased the next few books in the series. I look forward to finding where Helene Tursten leads us with Inspector Hess.
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Bom enredo
February 23rd, 2015
A história não é apenas sobre a investigação, mas também sobre as pessoas que dela participam, suas vidas pessoais e problemas. Isso nos mostra o lado humano da detetive Huss. Achei diferente e interessante o desenrolar da história dessa forma.
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Detective inspector huss
November 12th, 2014
A good read. However there are many incidental characters and situations that tend to lead away from the main plot and muddy the waters so to speak. I would recommend it as a well thought out book.
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Detective Inspector Huss
July 26th, 2014
Wow! Terrific introduction to a crime fiction writer who clearly knows what she is doing! Excellent characters and genuine understanding of how investigations proceed, complete with the highs of progress and lows of lack of results. Her medical knowledge is crucial to the details of injuries and postmortem expertise with a realistic medical examiner and staff.
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