Död joker (Hanne Wilhelmsen, #5)
From Anne Holt, the internationally bestselling author of 1222—called the “godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction” by Jo Nesbø—the next installment of the Edgar Award nominated-mystery series finds Hanne Wilhelmsen caught at a deadly crossroads…Chief Public Prosecutor Sigurd Halvorsrud’s wife is found dead in front of the fireplace in the family living room. The cause of death: she has been brutally decapitated. Her husband, who witnessed the grisly murder and is himself covered in blood, immediately falls under suspicion, though he claims his wife’s killer was Ståle Salvesen, a man he’d prosecuted years before. Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is called in to lead the investigation with her old colleague, Billy T. Despite the circumstantial evidence, Hanne is unconvinced of Sigurd Halvorsrud’s guilt—that is, until a witness says he saw Ståle Salvesen commit suicide by jumping off a bridge days before the murder took place. Then a journalist at one of Oslo's largest newspapers is found beheaded. What links these two horrifically violent crimes?The demanding investigation soon clashes with a terrible crisis in Hanne’s personal life. Cecilie, the woman she has lived with for almost twenty years, has fallen seriously ill and doesn’t have much time to live.With a savage killer on the loose, Hanne must ask herself: Is the truth worth chasing at all costs?

Död joker (Hanne Wilhelmsen, #5) Details

TitleDöd joker (Hanne Wilhelmsen, #5)
Author
LanguageSwedish
ReleaseAug 18th, 2019
PublisherStockholm : Piratförlaget
ISBN-139789189426030
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, European Literature, Scandinavian Literature, Thriller

Död joker (Hanne Wilhelmsen, #5) Review

  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, I am starting in the middle of a series and wondering how I never ran across this series since it was first published in the 90s. This is Norwegian crime fiction, starring Hanne Wilhelmsen, Detective Inspector.Chief Public Prosecutor Sigurd Halvorsrud's found covered in blood and his wife decapitated in the next room. He is obvious the primary suspect and he comes up with a fantastic story claiming a man he's never met killed his wife. Yet he knows the man's name and address.Things g Once again, I am starting in the middle of a series and wondering how I never ran across this series since it was first published in the 90s. This is Norwegian crime fiction, starring Hanne Wilhelmsen, Detective Inspector.Chief Public Prosecutor Sigurd Halvorsrud's found covered in blood and his wife decapitated in the next room. He is obvious the primary suspect and he comes up with a fantastic story claiming a man he's never met killed his wife. Yet he knows the man's name and address.Things get real interesting when someone reports that this man committed suicide days before Halvorsrud's wife is murdered ... yet his body cannot be found. And then there is another beheading.Hanne and her colleague, Billy T, are called in to investigate ... quietly.This has a very complicated plot with a lot of complex characters. It's slow moving, but very thorough. Being a translation, some things seem a little off, but if you have patience, the story is quite good.Hanne is not a nice person, at least what she presents to the outside world. Inside, there is some softness, but she's more dedicated to her job than to anything else. The woman she has lived with for many years is critically ill ... yet Hanne misses all the signs. Her best friend, Billy T, is just about to reach the end of his rope dealing with her.I would like to read the beginning of this series, if only to see how these characters have grown and changed over the years.My thanks to the author / Scribner / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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  • Bruce Hatton
    January 1, 1970
    This is a well-written book with an intriguing and unusual storyline. However, I felt the frequent forays into the personal lives of the protagonists did disrupt the momentum. When the investigation into a couple of decapitations gets into full swing it is very thrilling, but, alas, the ending was somewhat unresolved and very downbeat.
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  • Katie D
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis is the first book in the series that I've read. The fact that I've started with book #5 rather than #1 is perhaps not so problematic, as Holt clearly has a good handle on the characters and on narrative.There are a lot of characters to come to grips with. Starting with book #1 no doubt would have been easier. I've just started reading book #6, and I gather the broad range of characters is a stylistic device used by the author to allow us to see various points of view, and to give u 4.5 starsThis is the first book in the series that I've read. The fact that I've started with book #5 rather than #1 is perhaps not so problematic, as Holt clearly has a good handle on the characters and on narrative.There are a lot of characters to come to grips with. Starting with book #1 no doubt would have been easier. I've just started reading book #6, and I gather the broad range of characters is a stylistic device used by the author to allow us to see various points of view, and to give us a broader perspective on all the people involved in the crime, and the solving of it.The main character, Hanne Wilhelmsen, is a wonderful creation. Smart, sharp and grumpy as hell, Hanne is the Chief Inspector with the Oslo Police. Her best friend and second in charge is Billy T., who is 6'6" and almost as grumpy as his boss. They are a great pair.It was nice to read about a character who was a lesbian without it being a major part of the story. Her partner was a woman, and that was just how it was. I found this refreshing after reading so many American and Australian novels recently, in which this is either a major part of the plotline or is simply ignored by the author.The crimes are complex and dark, and there are tones of the bleakness often seen in Scandi Noir without it dissolving into the gruesome, or wallowing in sadism which can imbue crime thrillers with the sticky voyeurism of so many dark crime thrillers. I also found it refreshing to spend most of the book following the detectives rather than the sickos they are hunting. The translation into English is well done by Anne Bruce, whom I suspect has managed to keep much of the flavour of the original without it losing too much of the flow in English.This was a well crafted crime novel, with a delicious sense of foreboding throughout, great main characters, interesting bit players, and a clever plot. I have bolted to the local library today and picked up another 5 in the series. I can't wait to get sucked back into Hanne and Billy T's world.
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    I think this was one of the single most depressing books I ever read. I liked it, but not a single good thing happens in this story.It was a very quick read - I absolutely love her style. Her language is very clear cut and really gets to me. Which is kind of the problem, I suppose. It wasn't just the case, although it was extraordinarily gloomy. At the beginning it just looked as if Hanne Wilhelmsen, the leading detective of the book, just had problems in the relationship department - she and he I think this was one of the single most depressing books I ever read. I liked it, but not a single good thing happens in this story.It was a very quick read - I absolutely love her style. Her language is very clear cut and really gets to me. Which is kind of the problem, I suppose. It wasn't just the case, although it was extraordinarily gloomy. At the beginning it just looked as if Hanne Wilhelmsen, the leading detective of the book, just had problems in the relationship department - she and her lover seem to have grown apart, hardly ever talk, etc. I could have handled that. But then the lover is diagnosed with cancer and deteriorates throughout the course of the book until she dies in the end. I am not kidding when I say that not a single good thing happens in this book. There are moments of odd peace, but they are weaved with melancholy at best. It was a beautiful book, and I enjoyed it, but it was very depressing.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series, smart, gritty - terrific detective and partner. This was an emotional harrowing read, aside from the incredibly complex murder investigation (as usual), main character, Hanne Wilhelmsen's partner, Cecilie, is critically ill with cancer.The well written evolution of Hanne's character going from a hard-bitten, capable investigator to a ghost of herself is worth the read.Recommendation: There is a lot of character development within the series, start at the beginning!
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy Hanne Wilhelmsen books. I’ve read most of the others. If this had been my first I would not read another. The personal drama overtook the book. It turned her into a character unrecognizable from the earlier works; a character I could not stand. The last 50 pages were the best, but it was a chore getting that far.
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  • Lynda Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Hurrah !!! Anne Holt reverts to form after the mess that was The Lion's Mouth. If this one had been as bad I'd have given up on this series but she'd had her dud and this one was a terrific read. There were also no mistakes which would merit 5* alone since that rarely happens in e-books as a rule and IF it does it tends to be the Nordic stories that get the job of editing done properly.There are some lifechanging occurrences for Hanne in this story. Some her own fault, some not. There were some Hurrah !!! Anne Holt reverts to form after the mess that was The Lion's Mouth. If this one had been as bad I'd have given up on this series but she'd had her dud and this one was a terrific read. There were also no mistakes which would merit 5* alone since that rarely happens in e-books as a rule and IF it does it tends to be the Nordic stories that get the job of editing done properly.There are some lifechanging occurrences for Hanne in this story. Some her own fault, some not. There were some big twists in this one, too. It was a very interesting story. The synopsis mentions a second murder and I kept wondering if it was wrong but it happened at last 70% in !!I did wonder why, almost every time Cecilie is mentioned, that her surname is also added. We know who's being referred to !! I loved Eivind's character and it would be great if we see more of him in ensuing stories. I did struggle a little again with names and places since none are familiar or roll off the tongue for me, of course. Stale Salvesen and then Skarselva for instance !! Then Birge Bugge...It was frustrating reading of clues that were discovered and of course those finding them had no idea and binned them and fascinating to read how little "out on bail" is used over there, too. If we kept someone in jail for 2 weeks while we investigated their transgressions, can you imagine the outcry ??I have book 6 downloaded and look forward to it.
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  • Asian Nina
    January 1, 1970
    Anne Holt has a very creative way of linking all the suspects and the victims together. I do applaud that. However, the whole police investigation is too slow for me. Because it's too slow and we only find out in the last few chapters how the suspects are connected, the suspense has died, all the way till the end. It starts with a gruesome murder where the wife of the Chief Public Prosecutor is decapitated and the CPP is the main suspect. Then, too many talking, not enough actions to my liking, Anne Holt has a very creative way of linking all the suspects and the victims together. I do applaud that. However, the whole police investigation is too slow for me. Because it's too slow and we only find out in the last few chapters how the suspects are connected, the suspense has died, all the way till the end. It starts with a gruesome murder where the wife of the Chief Public Prosecutor is decapitated and the CPP is the main suspect. Then, too many talking, not enough actions to my liking, and so, it gets really boring. I put the book down many times cause I'm bored, and pick it up again the next day and the next until today. By the time I've found out all the connections, I'm all ready to put this book down for good. I'd give it a 2 cause I judge crime fictions based on how fast paced it is and how suspenseful it is but I give it a 3 🌟 only because the book makes a great point about how the bad culprits (in this context, pedophiles) are usually the ones that are supposed to keep us safe or guide us, ie: the police, teachers, etc.
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  • Stacia
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful, frustrating, heartbreaking entry in this series.
  • Ice Bear
    January 1, 1970
    We make our lives complicated and overlay too much information, the resultant clues and opportunities are missed and for once we let our assailant go.
  • Roz
    January 1, 1970
    I have a strange opinion of this book. I will have to discuss it in three parts.To start with, let's look at the crime aspect. That was pretty good. I enjoyed the uncertainty, the red herrings, the confusion. If I had to get another Anne Holt book, it would be solely for this reason. As far as a crime story went, it was done well.But... Somethings weren't so great. Take for instance the instant labour and birth. Here is a lady, preggers with her first child, having dinner with friends. Suddenly I have a strange opinion of this book. I will have to discuss it in three parts.To start with, let's look at the crime aspect. That was pretty good. I enjoyed the uncertainty, the red herrings, the confusion. If I had to get another Anne Holt book, it would be solely for this reason. As far as a crime story went, it was done well.But... Somethings weren't so great. Take for instance the instant labour and birth. Here is a lady, preggers with her first child, having dinner with friends. Suddenly her water breaks. They toss her on the floor and whip off her tights and knickers. At this point, I am confused. Why on earth would they want to do that? Get the poor woman off to the maternity ward. Then, it just got better. They had to boil water to sterilise shears. But wait! They wouldn't have time for the water to boil! Pop, the baby was there! Hmmm... if labour lasted less than 5 minutes, it wouldn't have the stigma it has. I also found the dialogue forced and unnatural. In places some things read like a scene from an over-cliched American teen TV show. Then I have to pick out the translator - or at least I assume it is the translator. Multiple pronouns for the same gender but different characters, in the same sentence, leave one horribly confused. I detest wasting time, trying to clarify what the blazes is trying to be said. Then there was my favourite line, the one where the kid had snot and tears dripping from his eyelashes. Perhaps it is that I am from a third world country that my thoughts immediately went to police brutality and not poor grammar. But there I was trying to visualise how on earth someone would have snot dripping from their eyelashes, only to realise that it was just the tears, and the kid was not being dangled upside down while being questioned. So... the crime side of it was good. I enjoyed that part. As to the rest, I was disappointed.
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  • Eva • All Books Considered
    January 1, 1970
    Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 3 STARS Well if you are familiar with this series (which you don't necessarily have to be to read this -- it can be read as a standalone but I would recommend starting from the beginning), then there will definitely be more than a few surprises for the characters in this book! Hanne is her usual compulsive, introspective and a bit selfish/dense self but she does surprise a bit with doing a few things out of character. They mystery was interestin Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 3 STARS Well if you are familiar with this series (which you don't necessarily have to be to read this -- it can be read as a standalone but I would recommend starting from the beginning), then there will definitely be more than a few surprises for the characters in this book! Hanne is her usual compulsive, introspective and a bit selfish/dense self but she does surprise a bit with doing a few things out of character. They mystery was interesting but I did feel a bit deflated in how it was figured out because I was expecting a bit more of a cover-up. Still, this is a great example of the genre and you will love it if you like a Scandinavian setting and police procedural murder mysteries!I will definitely continue this series -- I like this genre and Hanne Wilhelmsen is such an interesting character. You can read my review of book 4 in this series, HERE. Lawyers were a waste of space. He had always known that. Usually he laughed at them, these gowned, snotty-nosed, self-important and omniscient knights at the court of Lady Justice. They could never control themselves. As soon as they got a whiff of something resembling a setback, they pounced. Rather than lose face. Whatever the cost. Get even. Fire away. Show off.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Dead Joker. #5. 2015/2016 iBook. Excellent cases and storyline plus character development of main recurring group. Starts with a cruesome murder. There are a couple, are they related? Who is responsible or are people being set up. Is there a body? The interpersonal relationships are well explored in this book of the suspects, witnesses and the police plus their friends. Hanna is only just coping with her mate's serious illness and stress. Colleagues and friends try to help.... A very good read i Dead Joker. #5. 2015/2016 iBook. Excellent cases and storyline plus character development of main recurring group. Starts with a cruesome murder. There are a couple, are they related? Who is responsible or are people being set up. Is there a body? The interpersonal relationships are well explored in this book of the suspects, witnesses and the police plus their friends. Hanna is only just coping with her mate's serious illness and stress. Colleagues and friends try to help.... A very good read indeed!
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  • Doug Dosdall
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Another dark and quirky thriller in the series where the personal lives of the detectives takes on an even bigger role in the narrative. And why do all Scandinavian writers seem to go for excessive detail? Do we really need to know whenever a character drinks water that it's "Ferris mineral water" (many instances). The audiobook reader was excellent but the translation of this one left something to be desired, for example characters often say something "in an undertone". Huh?
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    I usually love Anne Holt’s books. This one ,I liked but not loved. Some things were just too unreal. As a labor and delivery nurse, I have to agree with another reviewer that the birth scene was completely unbelievable! Then there was such a plethora of characters and details , my poor brain had to struggle to keep track. I will certainly read more of her books though!
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  • Sharyn Simcox
    January 1, 1970
    Didn't care much for this book.Too much personal stuff for my taste. I also found the characters confusing.I listened rather than read so the strange names were hard to follow. The gay angle was well handled.I think others may like this writer more than I do
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  • Ken Fredette
    January 1, 1970
    I can't really tell this story without spoilers. It was worth the read and it continually changed from one moment to the next. If you want a good read Anne Holt really gives a good story.
  • M
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent Norwegian Mystery & Police Procedural The synopsis for this stand-alone novel is very good, so a recap is unnecessary. The main plot line and side stories are intricate but well-thought-out. It wasn’t difficult to follow the various twists and interwoven plot threads, because the overall pace is slower than most American police procedurals. I usually don’t mind the slower pace of foreign mysteries, especially if the character names are difficult to pronounce and/or hard to remember Excellent Norwegian Mystery & Police Procedural The synopsis for this stand-alone novel is very good, so a recap is unnecessary. The main plot line and side stories are intricate but well-thought-out. It wasn’t difficult to follow the various twists and interwoven plot threads, because the overall pace is slower than most American police procedurals. I usually don’t mind the slower pace of foreign mysteries, especially if the character names are difficult to pronounce and/or hard to remember. There are a lot of characters, but they are well-drawn, and the MCs are especially complex as are their personal lives. The detective inspector protagonist comes across as prickly, brusque and introverted at the start, but as the story proceeds, the author reveals more, and I was able to relate to and empathize with the MC. There is some drama in the MC’s life but it’s not excessive and doesn’t overwhelm the storyline. The final plot twist was a surprising one, and I couldn’t identify the mastermind. The plot thread(s) wasn’t/weren’t tied up as neatly as I’d hoped, but I’ll go the author’s choice. If you like reading complex mystery/police procedurals without a lot of sexual situations and maudlin drama, I highly recommend “Dead Joker.” PSThose who are sensitive about “bad language,” this IS a hardcore mystery and police procedural. OTOH, the profanity isn’t as bad as that in many American mysteries/police procedurals.
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  • Janka H.
    January 1, 1970
    A strange murder. And how can the victims husband say that he saw the killer - a dead man? And then - another murder. Any connection?Hanne Wilhelmsen is solving the hardest case in her life - as her loved one is dying. Trigger warning - this book contains the mentions of sexual violence on children.3.5 stars. Much more interesting than the previous installment! Much more personal, much more conflicted - which I like. Yet... the story is too much wordy, too many unnecessary details and too abrupt A strange murder. And how can the victim´s husband say that he saw the killer - a dead man? And then - another murder. Any connection?Hanne Wilhelmsen is solving the hardest case in her life - as her loved one is dying. Trigger warning - this book contains the mentions of sexual violence on children.3.5 stars. Much more interesting than the previous installment! Much more personal, much more conflicted - which I like. Yet... the story is too much wordy, too many unnecessary details and too abrupt a solution. Especially the abrupt solution is my reason for nitpicking here - I like the old school, where I can turn back and see the possible motifs in retrospective. Here, not that much. But I very much how well-described is the personal, honest struggle Hanne is going through. Truly heart-wrenching. And this struggle is opening many other hidden places in her heart. Very relatable. But, to be honest, I would read the next installment only in hopes for something happening between Hanne and Billy T., not in hopes for the kind of mystery I like. So I will not read the next installments. But I leave as a friend, with thanks for heart-tugging human story.
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    This was a book I couldn't put down. The main character, Hanne Wilhelmsen, Detective Inspector, has the case of the decapitated wife of the Chief Public Prosecutor's wife. He keeps stating the name of the.killer, whom he claims he saw, commit the crime. However, this person was seen committing suicide before the crime was committed.We meet other characters, Hanne's police team, a financial reporter, and a brilliant recluse. We also meet Cecilie,Hanne's partner who has fallen seriously ill.Anothe This was a book I couldn't put down. The main character, Hanne Wilhelmsen, Detective Inspector, has the case of the decapitated wife of the Chief Public Prosecutor's wife. He keeps stating the name of the.killer, whom he claims he saw, commit the crime. However, this person was seen committing suicide before the crime was committed.We meet other characters, Hanne's police team, a financial reporter, and a brilliant recluse. We also meet Cecilie,Hanne's partner who has fallen seriously ill.Another decapitation takes place and things become more complicated.The characters are well developed and so are the events leading up to the denouement. liked the conflicted Hanne very much. To me, she seemed very real. I have bought 2 other Hanne Wilhelm Sen mysteries. Meanwhile, I highly recommend this book.
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  • Nerfzilla
    January 1, 1970
    Dead Joker: Hanne Wlhelmsen Novel 5A perfectly agreeable mystery with very well drawn and complex characters. It was extraordinarily well plotted if quite slow moving. Whilst the plot is certainly involving it is not the only thing going on in the book which I really appreciated. So overall, a very good and interesting mystery and novel. Quite tame as far as violence although what little violence there is is very descriptive and brutal but never gratuitous. I should point out for persons suscept Dead Joker: Hanne Wlhelmsen Novel 5A perfectly agreeable mystery with very well drawn and complex characters. It was extraordinarily well plotted if quite slow moving. Whilst the plot is certainly involving it is not the only thing going on in the book which I really appreciated. So overall, a very good and interesting mystery and novel. Quite tame as far as violence although what little violence there is is very descriptive and brutal but never gratuitous. I should point out for persons susceptible to emotional and psychical triggers, there is a great deal of (very intelligent) information about the sexual abuse of children which could very easily be a trigger for many people. Please read this only is you are able to comfortably manage such discussions at this time.
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  • Eliza
    January 1, 1970
    A man ruined by the media through innuendo and not cleared by judicary, gets even. He kills the wife of the chief prosecuter in front of him but after "he committed suicide". The journalist, a pedophile, is sent evidence of his dalliances and given 6 months before all will be revealed to his current newspaper employer, but is instead beheaded byWilhelmsen is perplexed and short tempered. Billy T and others help her solve the mystery.Cecelia, Hanne's partner for 20 years is diagnosed with termina A man ruined by the media through innuendo and not cleared by judicary, gets even. He kills the wife of the chief prosecuter in front of him but after "he committed suicide". The journalist, a pedophile, is sent evidence of his dalliances and given 6 months before all will be revealed to his current newspaper employer, but is instead beheaded byWilhelmsen is perplexed and short tempered. Billy T and others help her solve the mystery.Cecelia, Hanne's partner for 20 years is diagnosed with terminal colon cancer and fades quickly. At the end of the book, Hanne is totally at sea.
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  • Annabelle
    January 1, 1970
    Hanne, is a chief inspector and works with detective Billy T, she is coping with her lover’s, Cecile’s cancer, but is not supportive. Halvorsrud, the public prosecutor’s wife is found beheaded, and he waits to call in her murder, and he claims someone who is seemingly dead killed her. The daughter of the prosecutor is strangely blasé about the mother’s death, and is oddly attached to her father. Another beheading, a chase in a plot holder, pedophilia, another beheading, all contribute to an okay Hanne, is a chief inspector and works with detective Billy T, she is coping with her lover’s, Cecile’s cancer, but is not supportive. Halvorsrud, the public prosecutor’s wife is found beheaded, and he waits to call in her murder, and he claims someone who is seemingly dead killed her. The daughter of the prosecutor is strangely blasé about the mother’s death, and is oddly attached to her father. Another beheading, a chase in a plot holder, pedophilia, another beheading, all contribute to an okay read. I like the whole Hanne and Billy T dynamic.
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  • Colette
    January 1, 1970
    A dark Norwegian mystery with a totally confusing plot and too many characters. The heroine is a high level Oslo police inspector whose female lover is dying from cancer. I just finished reading it and I can't remember the plot. So many threads to follow. The innocent suffer and I am not sure if the bad guys are ever caught. I will try to read another one of her books to see if this is just an off-putting effort.
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  • Rog Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    I have read most of the books in this series and now that I am used to the characters and the author's style I am enjoying them more. This is one of the earlier books and Hanne finds some unhappiness (the author is pretty unkind to her main characters) but there is a really good story here and nothing is quite as it may seem. Well worth a read though I recommend trying to read the books in order.
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  • Lis
    January 1, 1970
    This is a series one really needs to read in order, as the relationships among the justice system individuals (police/lawyers/prosecutors) change over time and are important. I found myself two books ahead, clearly missing some important events in between. So I am going back. This is the first of the two I had missed. The story is well done -- and as usual, everything points in the wrong direction for a long time. And there are puzzling threads that all come together near the end.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    This is Anne Holts 5th novel about Hanne Wilhelmsen, an Oslo police inspector and I think it’s her best yet. Not only is the plot complex and suspenseful and the characters well defined, she has flushed out the main character, Hanne Wilhelmsen with more depth and humanity than in the previous novels. I highly recommend this fascinating series and especially this novel.
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  • Bridget Martin
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite Hanne Wilhelmsen book is Offline, the last as I write this. I read that Anne Holt is not writing another and that makes me sad. I next read #1 and I've been pleased with every offering since. I have to stagger reading the books because each audio version is a new purchase for my library system. Fortunately another reader started to request them and we alternate. :)
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  • Ronnie Duffy
    January 1, 1970
    I only gave this three detective story 3 stars, although I must admit the plot was very clever! The reason for the three stars, I personally did not like Hanne, I thought she was a selfish human being, without any redeeming features at all, I especially didn't like the way she treated Cecilie, but this is only a personal feeling.Others may enjoy it!
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  • Sherie
    January 1, 1970
    Ah, these Nordic writers. Not much is straight forward with them. So many red herrings!!! And they write about murders that are seldom mundane. Lots of blood, gore, and brutality. Mercy, is this what happens after loooong cold winters. With climate change, will they shift into a more mellow way of killing their fellow man?
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