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In this sixth installment in the critically acclaimed Swedish crime series, the murder of a young ballerina named Sophie, apparently an arson victim, sets off shrill alarm bells for Detective Inspector Irene Huss, who remembers the matching details of an unsolved case from fifteen years earlier, when Irene had only just started in the police force. The stepfather of the then eight-year-old Sophie has been murdered in a very similar way, and at the time the girl herself had been under suspicions. The circumstances force Irene and her colleagues to confront an uncomfortable question: can a child be responsible for the cold-blooded murder of an adult? The case awakens vivid memories that take the reader back to Irene's days as a young police officer.


The Fire Dance
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Fire Dance
October 24th, 2014
Another excellent offering from Helene Tursten. Kept me guessing right up to the end. The extended dysfunctional family described within is thoroughly convincing. She has added awareness re: new types of crime arriving in Sweden. No country is free of gang violence, drug trafficking and old standby crimes: arson and murder. I guess there has to be one recurring police character who is less than helpful. He makes the competent and dedicated members of the police force work more diligently to compensate. But, in the end, diligence succeeds even though their families suffer from their absence. It's the curse of police families everywhere. I hope more high quality English translations will be available soon.
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