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One of the most prominent citizens of Göteborg, Sweden, plunges to his death off an apartment balcony, but what appears to be a “society suicide” soon reveals itself to be a carefully plotted murder. Irene Huss finds herself embroiled in a complex and high-stakes investigation. As Huss and her team begin to uncover the victim’s hidden past, they are dragged into Sweden’s sOne of the most prominent citizens of Göteborg, Sweden, plunges to his death off an apartment balcony, but what appears to be a “society suicide” soon reveals itself to be a carefully plotted murder. Irene Huss finds herself embroiled in a complex and high-stakes investigation. As Huss and her team begin to uncover the victim’s hidden past, they are dragged into Sweden’s seamy underworld of street gangs, struggling immigrants, and neo-Nazis in order to catch the killer....

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Detective Inspector Huss Reviews

  • Francis
    2019-05-28 18:53

    I don't get why I liked this book so much?Inspector Huss does not seem to have any essential character flaws. She has no hidden demons in her background. She loves and cares for her family and I think she prefers weekends to working. She's like so normal.She goes to work with a bunch of normal acting people and they sit around and discuss cases while eating take-out pizza. Once in a while somebody may get beat-up by a motorcycle gang, puncture a lung, lose a kidney or something, but other than that, and then only occasionaly, pretty much normal.The police work is tedious and you can hear the "oh Christ, not pizza again" chorus coming from each staff meeting. But, it is precisely because it's so normal, so true to life, that you believe, and because you believe, you get sucked into the story and then you feel your ribs hurt after each beating.So, the characters are normal, but in a good way, not a one dimensional way and the story is actually very good. In fact the only bad thing, the only really sad thing ..was the pizza.

  • Bill
    2019-06-11 17:32

    Yet another is the seemingly never ending stream of Scandinavian crime fiction. And this one by a female author. And a good thing too, as this is one of the best I've read of that genre.This is the first installment of a series featuring detective Irene Huss, a thirty something mother, with a husband, two twin girls aged thirteen, and a dog. The book opens with one of Sweden's richest men falling to his death from his fifth floor apartment balcony. What originally looked liked suicide is very soon turned into a murder investigation. (This is not spoiler as it tells you this on the back of the book, plus it happens in the first few pages). The rest of the book is involved with the police trying to solve this murder, especially in why it happened.The book is full of interesting characters: a nymphomaniac, Nazi skinheads, Hells Angels and more. I actually didn't know that the Hells Angels were to be found in Europe. Also, the book doesn't take place in Stockholm, rather it is set in Goteborg, where the author lives. Another interesting fact that came to light was that the police in Sweden do carry guns, whereas in Norway and Iceland they do not.All in all, a first class crime thriller, highly recommended. It's on to the next book for me.

  • M.J. Fiori
    2019-05-22 18:35

    I was happy to pick up a female detective novel (centered around Detective Irene Huss, former Swedish national judo champion, now 35 and working homicide in Stockholm while raising twin teenage girls with her chef husband) from a mystery writer who was also a woman. What seemed at first like the usual "Schwedenkrimi" (as the Germans call it) was actually something much meatier. The meat was not in the whodunit itself, however, and it also took its sweet time emerging. It was that Helene Tursten actually captured the incremental nature - the slow burn - of the procedural in a way I have not yet seen carried off in print. And, not least, she wrote a book whose characters engage the reader more emotionally than usually seems to be the case in this genre.False leads were followed - check. Detective work involved a great deal of drudgery and took some time - check. Working homicide was a team effort, with each team member playing his pertinent role - check. No grand genius cut to the heart of the matter in a flash of inspiration, but rather a competent (and quirky) group of professionals steadily chipped away at the mystery until it was solved. Irene Huss, though the center of the book, was never the only detective to do all the key interviews or end up in all the most important places at the important times. All of which made the story all the more credible. Of course, she had to be a bit predominant, quick on the pickup - mainly (in this book, at least) due to her emotional intelligence, though a bit of coincidence was also involved in a few plot points (though never incredibly). But then again, would it even be possible to have a lead genre character not present at the book's climax or somehow entangled in the main thread? A novel focused on and in fact named for a single character would make no sense if that character were not somehow the emotional heart of the book. But in addition to her fidelity to believable procedure, Tursten demonstrated other virtues. She was, for instance, able to keep Irene as the book's "human touch" while allowing other characters to carry emotional resonance as well. I am thinking mainly of the surprising, interesting and affecting Holocaust/skinhead subplot that involved one of her daughters and one of her colleagues. It was at this point that I realized Detective Irene Huss was no standard-formula procedural. The book transcends genres and easy labels a bit. I am looking forward to reading more Irene Huss novels.My only complaint would be that the translation, which seemed to be aimed at the UK market, was neither fish nor fowl. Some passages were very difficult to follow and obviously needed to be rethought and/or restructured in English for comprehension. A few notes (or even better, textual additions) might have helped for things unfamiliar to a non-Swedish audience. I say all this as a professional translator. An English translation for the UK can't simply be spell-checked in US English, repackaged and shipped out across America. This book, for various reasons (Helene Tursten's minimalist style of dialogue being one of them: it obfuscated even more for those who don't speak Swedish), really needs and deserves its own, completely new English translation for the U.S. market.

  • Mackey St
    2019-05-21 17:37

    This is a new series for me out of Sweden. It was a long read and at first it was a little difficult to get into the flow of the writing style. I suspect that may have more to do with the translation than the book itself. It was a superb, masterful mystery; a great police procedural and the topics covered everything from politics, economics, single parenting to skinheads. It was quite a ride. I've already started the next in the series!

  • Moonlight Reader
    2019-05-30 14:44

    I wasn't sure about this one for at least the first 25% - either the writing or the translation seemed a bit stilted. However, I was enjoying DI Huss, so I persevered. And became engrossed.I really love Scandi crime novels. I stumbled onto Henning Mankell donkey's years ago - long before Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy was published - and fell, not exactly in love with, but in great regard with damaged detective Kurt Wallander. At that time, Nordic Noir hadn't yet crossed the Atlantic or made it into English translation in any great volume. After The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that all changed, and now crime fiction from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and even Iceland are a dime a dozen. Well, maybe not that inexpensive, but readily available for kindle.As is often the case in crime fiction, the initial impression of the victim as a fine, upstanding citizen, hides a sordid tale of sex, money, and drugs. All the world round, one can depend on mysteries to deliver an indictment of society, through the medium of crime. I'd like to read more about Detective Inspector Huss.

  • Chris
    2019-05-27 15:29

    I think my favorite television channel is MHZ because they have international mysteries. At first, they had Wallander and Varg Veum, and some werid Italian mystery were everyone was sleeping with everyone. Not only that, but the Detective mano couldn't figure out his partner's daughter was his, even though everyone watching knew within two secs. Eventually they changed the mysteries up and started showing other ones, including Irene Huss. The Irene Huss movies aren't my favorite. They are rather melo-dramatic, but I liked the character and the actress who plays her enough to try the book when Amazon put it on sale. (In fairness, Huss is better than the Detective Burno whoseit mysteries. Filmed in Venice, but done in German).The book is, as always, better than the films, even though Sammie the dog is a different breed in the book. The mystery isn't as compelling or dark as say Rebus or Erlander. There is something to be said, however, for not being dark. This is the best aspect of the series. Irene has a dog, a husband, and two daughters. Is her life perfect? No, but her life is normal. And that is actually really good. She has a healthy home life and is good at her job. She isn't super, booze swilling detective genius, but she isn't dumb either. She is very skilled in judo, but she isn't super crime fighting butt kicking girl. And it is the mental as well as physical aspect of judo.The character of Irene is really what rises the series.

  • Minty McBunny
    2019-05-31 16:37

    Usually when I read a foreign book like this that has a good plot but awful writing, I feel safe in blaming the translator. But in this case I have read quite a few books translated by Steven T Murray that were flawless, so I think Helene Tursten is the problem. I bought it because I'd heard the author's name mentioned in reviews of Karin Fossum and Asa Larsson, both of whom I adore. Not even close. The plot was fine, nothing unique or exciting, but sturdy enough to keep my interest. The dialogue is really what makes it painful! Everyone speaks like this! With exclamation points after each sentence! It gets really annoying! Especially when hardened detectives use terms like 'phooey'!I don't see myself reading another D.I. Huss novel unless I'm hard up for entertainment.

  • Katie
    2019-06-18 19:39

    A tedious read, that becomes even more frustrating when you realize, approximately 25 pages in, that the killer is revealed (by clothing) in the prologue. The translation is clunky, not that I speak Swedish, but the wording is often odd. In one scene, the inspector notices a wall of graffiti: amongst the racial slurs, and cuss words, is the expression "Kilroy was Here!". It's 1998, not 1948.I also took issue with the roving point of view. The story was told mostly from the perspective of the Inspector and Superintendent, but would occasionally dart into the mind of another character. It wasn't omniscient by any means. It was just sloppy.Overlong, with too many plot-lines, and plenty of male chauvinism, I'm hard pressed to recommend this to anyone. Reader, beware. There's a hardback (Soho books) with this cover & that's what I reading. It isn't a kindle.

  • Nancy Oakes
    2019-05-20 11:28

    (note: this a brief review; you can find my longer one here. I'd put this book up against any good Scandinavian crime fiction novel -- it's got a credible plot with a good mystery wrapped around it, believable characters, and as always, concerns about contemporary issues are embedded within the story. It falls within the category of police procedural, and although I might disagree somewhat with the blurb on my cover calling the book "Sweden's Prime Suspect,” there is very little fault for readers to find in this novel.Detective Inspector Irene Huss works in the Violent Crimes division of the Göteborg Police. Irene is a martial arts expert, a 10-cup a day coffee drinker and seasoned police officer, who lately finds herself trying hard not to become "jaded or cynical." Her current home worries center on her daughter, who has a new boyfriend who convinces her to play in a skinhead band and to shave off her hair. But her home situation has to fade into the background for a bit while she investigates a new case: a very prominent financier has plummeted to his death off the balcony of his building. At first glance, it seems likely that it’s a suicide, but the medical examiner finds evidence that points to murder. While starting their investigation into the death of Richard von Knecht, the 8-person investigative team soon finds itself in the middle of another crime: someone has bombed the building where von Knecht had his office, and a dead and unrecognizable body has been found there. With a multitude of suspects from which to choose, and possible links into the shady and violent world of the drug trade, the case seems to grow bigger as time goes on. As the detectives seem to get closer to a solution, not only is their case thrown into a frenzy, but a series of clues lead some of them into a potentially deadly situation.The only major drawback I found in this book was that it wasn't long until I figured out the who in one of the crimes; from the clues it's really not that difficult to figure it out. The other I never had pegged, and trying to get to the solution made it impossible to put the book down. Considering that this book is the introduction to a series, it's very well done, ultimately very satisfying and intelligently written. Tursten hits the ground running. I would recommend this book very highly, not just for readers of Scandinavian crime fiction, but for crime fiction readers in general, as well as those who like credible and strong women characters in the lead role.

  • Graeme Roberts
    2019-06-14 12:46

    I wouldn't wish arthritis on anyone, but Helene Tursten, the author of this gripping story, only decided to write when rheumatics prevented her from continuing the practice of dentistry. Detective Inspector Huss, published in Swedish in 1998 and in English in 2003, was her first book, and I found it surprisingly polished. The characters are interesting and well-drawn, particularly the eponymous heroine, who is in every way a well-balanced, sensible Swedish mother, whose only hint of neuroticism is worrying about the behavior and safety of her twin teenage daughters, despite being attacked and almost killed on several occasions. Irene Huss's normality was a great relief after a procession of alienated, cigarette-sucking, alcoholic male police officers in Swedish crime, let alone the Scots and British. It is set in Goteborg for a nice change, and gave me a better sense of Nordic life, since, in addition to all those Swedes, several of the characters were Finns. I am having trouble believing that men with names like Paul John Svensson and Lasse "Shorty" Johannesson can be murderous criminals, but that's my problem. I have been learning to speak such names with a Swedish sing-song pronunciation by watching wonderful TV shows like Beck and Wallander, but that has only made it worse.

  • H. P. Reed
    2019-06-05 17:42

    This is one of the most poorly written books I've ever started. 7 pages in is enough. But why am I beating on Helene Tursten for her first Inspector Huss novel? She's written more in the series and people have evidently bought them and read them. Some of our own folks here have written positive reviews. Here's my reasons: Scandanavian crime novel authors Jo Nesbo, Asa Larsson, Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell et al. So much intense writing, so much attention to character development, such limpid prose. Not every writer can measure up to these authors' standards, but this book strikes too wide from the target. Don't take my word on this. Let me point out a few lines:"She must have sighed audibly, because Superintendent Anderson turned to her and asked, "'Is something bothering you?'" "No, it's nothing. It's depressing weather. Depressing, with scattered suicides. Depressing. Depressing." The superintendent nodded in agreement and stared gloomily at the black rain {note that this SHOULD be the end of the sentence but,sadly,is not} being flung against the windshield by the gusty wind." What a surprise: rain being flung against the windshield by wind and not by a gigantuan hairdryer.The tone of each voice is so similar, often without emphasis and certainly without signature wording or behaviors, that they might be speaking for each other.The actions of most characters, whether minor or major, are given a full if insipid descriptive force. Here, from the very first page after an unnamed man has fallen from a (What? We aren't told.): "A man in a light-colored coat had just rushed around the car and opened the door on the passenger's side when the old lady with the dachshund started screaming. The man turned quickly, squinted through the rain, and caught sight of the heap nearly thirty meters away. He kept his grip on the door, slowly tilting his head back, and looked up at the top of the imposing apartment building. A faint moaning sound rose from his throat but he kept catatonically still." The man is already on the ground but OUR man in this sentence is faintly moaning at the top of the imposing building. Why? And why is the building imposing? Is it uber tall, is it decorated like a wedding cake, does it have gilded trim? And "catatonically" still?I get that the author wants to emphasize stillness, but catatonia is also marked by repetitive small movements. The simple word "very" would suit and sound much better. The next minute gives us a small woman getting out of her car and "running nimbly over to the motionless figure on the ground." Now get this "Her slenderness was emphasized by the stylish Chanel dress she was wearing." WHAT? Why do we care that she was wearing a Chanel dress? Is it important that she has self-indulgent tastes in clothing? Incongruous information like this detracts from the tension the author is trying to build. We've got a screaming old lady and her screaming dog, described as such earlier, plus another person faintly moaning in the background but we need to know about this lady's couture? Incredibly, Miss Tursten has more to say about this well-dressed wonder woman. "She had mastered to perfection the art of running in high heels. She elbowed her way through the crowd frenetically and reached the inner circle." End of first page. I see this woman behaving like an unsettled stork, flapping through the crowd during a demonstration of her MASTERLY running in high heels. I've run in high heels and I was pretty fair at it. But mastery is not what any woman with a bendable spinal cord has of that activity. Most of us are delighted to complete our journey upright and with both shoes. Arrgh! I can't recommend this book I can't recommend this writer. But I can pack up my snarkiness and seared sensibilities and take this gem back to the library where another Karin Fossum awaits me. And I can be grateful that here I have a forum in which I can loose my deep disappointment.

  • Larry Bassett
    2019-06-07 12:51

    The writing is to a fine, detailed (and sometimes fun) point.It was the first time she had been on an Intercity train. Even before she sat down she knew she was out of place. She wasn’t wearing a suit or high-heeled shoes, and she carried no briefcase or laptop. In her black jeans, her down-filled poplin jacket, and her red wool sweater she felt like a total misfit. A woman in a masculine-looking gray pin-striped suit, complementing her pageboy haircut, looked at Irene disapprovingly over the edge of her reading glasses when Irene sat down facing her on the other side of the aisle. The only baggage Irene was carrying was a yellow plastic bag from the newsstand with snacks and newspapers. Since she didn’t even own a handbag and never had, most of what she needed inher daily life she kept in her jacket pockets. They bulged unaesthetically. She decided to pretend there was a fax machine in her right pocket and a palm computer in the left. I have read Stieg Larssen and the Millennium trilogy, of course, so this is not my first Scandinavian author. But I still am enjoying feeling like a novice in Sweden. Everyone in that part of the world speaks English, so the translation is good. But we have the Swedish elements of skinheads, light beer and early afternoon winter darkness. “Irene Huss is a 40-something wife, mother, cop, detective and judo expert.” She is a woman working in a male dominated, sexist police department in a murder case that takes her into the worlds of Hell’s Angels, AIDs, drugs and the upper class. She struggles with a dangerous, demanding job and a rebellious teenage daughter. And, like a good (but not great) murder mystery, all the tangles come undone in the final fifty pages of drama and confession.This fifteen year old Swedish mystery was translated into English in 2003 as part of the surge in Scandinavian popularity. The translation maintains the northern European feel successfully for the reader. The physical action is mostly concentrated in the final half of the book. The feminist and skinhead subplots create some interesting side action.I selected this book because of its promise of a progressive woman detective in a feminist, hard boiled novel. The book delivered that scenario but I did not find myself drawn to the several following books in the Irene Huss series. Three stars. I was entertained enough to stick with this book but not to continue on to others.

  • Pam
    2019-06-05 11:27

    ANOTHER new series for me to trek through...and I have - lovely library downloads to eReader while traveling!!This series (w/ three so far + the TV series in Sweden...) is billed as the Swedish 'Prime Suspect' but Irene Huss is soooo much more likable. This is more like a Swedish Inspector Brunetti, if you want my opinion - good food, family involvment (including dog, Sammie...), completely interesting collegues, wonderful descriptions of place AND good mystery w/ really unusual twists. Goody good. I didn't even slip to the end of the book to see who's there at the end...wanted to savor each section (although I do await the retirement of the Boss already!!).

  • Lithezebra
    2019-06-15 19:33

    The prose and the characters in this book are exceptionally well written. I only gave it three stars because the plot meanders. loses focus, and runs out of momentum long before the end of the story. I will probably try reading another book by this author.

  • Ellie
    2019-06-15 11:28

    Helen Tursten's Detective Inspector Huss is a satisfying Swedish police procedural. It is the first in a series featuring Detective Irene Huss.The crime: a successful, famous, and wealthy businessman is pushed to his death from his balcony landing at the feet of his wife and son. There are many who had motive to kill him, including the members of his own family. The mystery is sometimes slow going but generally well-plotted.The most enjoyable aspect of the novel, for me, is the character of Irene. She is happily married with twin teen daughters and all the challenges that presents. She is a competent police woman and a steady voice in the novel, balanced, not perfect but not agonized either, a change from so many Scandinavian suffering policemen. Although I enjoy the edginess of those other police (men and women-think Rebecka Martinsson from Asa Larsson's series), it was a welcome change to experience the Scandinavian landscape through a more balanced mind.I will definitely read the next book in the series.

  • AngryGreyCat
    2019-06-03 19:52

    I really wanted to like this book. I generally like Nordic Noir. I picked it up and attemped it multiple times over a two week period but just couldn't. At first I thought perhaps it was the translation, I have encountered other books in which the translation has made for a bad read in English but after reading other revies, I have found that this translator, Steven T. Murray, is excellent and not the cause of the issues. 1 - repetitive sentence structure, often short and choppy. 2 -confusing point of view switches at times3 - lots of telling, little showing - as in, you find out how the investigation is progressing through the staff meetings where they discuss the investigation. 4- not much in the way of character building so there is little to care about in the characters5- The writing has a very "freshman" feel to it - lots of adverbs I almost never DNF but this is one that I could not justify spending any more time on. It is putting me behind on my reading challenge.

  • Jaksen
    2019-06-03 17:32

    A difficult read simply due to the writing. I was ready to blame the translator, but have since learned he has translated other books and done a wonderful job. The dialogue seemed artificial and the narration just a little 'off.' The shifting POV was disorienting - sometimes everything is seen through the MC; other times through different characters. This wasn't written in omni, or if it was - it was poorly-written omni. The characters were all sort of dull, and it just didn't hold my interest. I got about halfway through and said ... no ... more ...I am getting too old to push through books that simply don't hold me. I tried. I wanted to discover a new mystery writer, but obviously, for me, this is not the one.

  • Dipanjan
    2019-05-24 14:27

    This book definitely makes way into my Top 10 list of "MOST BORING READS". From the very word go, it kicked in a sense of drag almost immediately. You can say that about the basic progression of the plot, the detailing of the police procedural, characterization ... well almost about everything. The responsibility of wasting my time squarely falls on the shoulders of the translator (as I read the English Version). The mystery is not gripping, the plot is plain and the characters are weak. It felt that even the editor did not do his/her job properly. Let me now waste too much time reviewing the book as their is nothing to review. Just the fact "Don't Waste Your Time Reading It".

  • Trish
    2019-05-27 12:35

    Tursten has created a wonderfully rich work and family environment for her strong female lead, Detective Inspector Irene Huss of Violent Crimes, Gotenborg, Sweden. Despite the brutally difficult work she does each day investigating the evils of men, she seems remarkably (unbelievably?) centered and grounded and empathetic to victims. She has emotions we recognize. We like to follow her to crime scenes, and stakeouts, despite the grim business we often find there. This is a very strong lead-in to series with potential. Not anything like the dark Nordic mysteries that are more commonly encountered with this genre.

  • Eliszard
    2019-05-28 15:32

    The 3 stars are the result of 4 stars for plot and some interesting ideas, and 2 stars for lame writing. Sometime I wonder if mystery writers think that their readers are completely stupid, or won't follow the character development or the plot if it is not made pedantically explicit. The protagonist of the story, Swedish police detective Irene Huss, is a nice change from middle-aged semi-alcoholic men who seem to populate so many of today's mysteries. Her life and her experiences ring true, but the book is bogged down with too much telling and not enough showing.

  • Petra Be
    2019-05-28 18:53

    Porcelánový koník se sice v knize vyskytl, ale vlastně nemá s příběhem a jeho zápletkou vůbec nic společného. Proč se takto kniha jmenuje, netuším.Na knize se mi líbilo:- násilí se tam nijak moc nerozmazává, nestříkají tam potoky krve a nelítají hlavy. To je hezká změna oproti jiným knihám.- hlavní hrdinka má dokonce relativně šťastný rodinný život.- zápletka nebyla špatná.Co se mi nelíbilo:- překlad, místy fakt hrůza. (Například jistá osoba viditelně něco sledovala tím, co říkala. Na což jeden z policistů řekl: "Vím, kam chceš dojít." Co??? Neříká se snad: "Vím, kam tím míříš."?)- zbytečný popis kdečeho od značek vín, přes obrazy po sepisování hlášení a opakování už jednou uvedených informací. (Že by dle hesla opakování matka moudrosti?) Kniha tím ztratila jakékoliv napětí.Na čtení do veřejných dopravních prostředků dobré.

  • Andrew
    2019-06-18 17:52

    The first of Swedish police procedural series set in gotenburg sees inspector Irene huss investigating the apparent suicide of a Swedish billionaire.There are plenty of suspects including family and the local hells angels gang.I liked the characters in the police team which included a strong female lead , some other well portrayed women officers, and interesting family dynamics which included some discussion of fascism and holocaust denial.Overall I enjoyed and will read more in the series.

  • Charles
    2019-06-10 16:29

    Better than most. I like a lot of details, a lot of suspects. This book delivers those qualities. It did drag at the end,but stayed true to the first two thirds and no gods from the heavens cut through the mysteries. It was a bit like a game of Clue and a bit like a locked room mystery. All we were missing was the final scene at the end where all the suspects are gathered and their lies and alibis are stripped away one by one.

  • William
    2019-06-08 16:40

    Another Swedish author and another Swedish Detective. But....Irene Huss seems entirely normal. Works hard. Intelligent. Nice family. No hidden past. No drinking problem. And the book is like that. Just seems to flow along and we find what happened via police procedures and intelligent, hard work. First book in the series and I'll be back for more.

  • LJ
    2019-06-20 15:28

    First Sentence: Nobody saw him fall through the dense November darkness.When a wealthy businessman plummets from his fourth-floor apartment balcony, landing virtually at the feet of his wife and son, it raises the immediate question of suicide of murder. When it turns out to be murder, The Violent Crimes Unit and D.I. Irene Huss are called in. While they are having a hard time finding a suspect, they also can’t find a motive. Additional deaths and even more violent crimes cause them to realize there is much more going on than one death. Or is there?In spite of the title being changed from “The Broken Tang Horse,” which would have made much more sense, the prologue is excellent and makes the reader want more. The introduction for the characters is well blended into the plot. Each members of the investigative team is introduced briefly, but effectively. The team, from D.S. Sven Andersson, to the young officer on loan, is a well-balanced collection with natural, human strengths and weaknesses. We learn of Irene and her life throughout the story; Irene’s chef husband, Kristin, who provides a strong balance to her unbalanced world, her two teen-aged daughters going through the angst of growing up; and that Irene holds a black belt, third dan, which helps her deal with trauma and contributes to the dimensionality of her character. Food is a significant factor in this story, both that made by Kristin and that eaten out. It’s one of those books where you find yourself getting hungry. Excellent dialogue “Is something bothering you?” “No, nothing. It’s depressing weather. Depressing, with scattered suicides. Depressing. Depressing!” Her wry humor shows through and helps to balance the seriousness of the story…”The attorney Tore Elderstam used to life there…” “’Used to,’ you said—where did he move to?” “Eastern Cemetery, the Elderstarn family plot.”Tursten has a strong voice that works even through the translation. “There is nothing sorrier or more depressing than the sight of a damaged or mangled building, ruined by fire and water. If you know that a person died in the flames, the sight becomes a brooding threat.” This is a book with depth. Many serious social issues are raised such as sexism and sexual harassment, in the work place and outside of it. I appreciated that she also described the complete lack of understanding many men have about how wrong and devastating it can be. Another issue, very well handled, is that of illegals, racism and neo-Nazism. “We forget what we want to forget and the consequence is that we lose our history, and then we can’t learn from it. It’s an eternal cycle and everything is repeated.” Tursten never becomes preach-y, but incorporates these issues seamlessly into the plot.“Detective Inspector Huss” is wonderfully plotted with excellent twists that keep the reader thoroughly engaged each step along the way. It is really well put together; written with stark realism which may not always be pleasant but is effective. This is seriously well worth reading.DETECTIVE INSPECTOR HUSS (Pol Proc-Insp. Irene Huss-Sweden-Contemp) – ExTursten, Helene – 1st in seriesSoho Crime, 2014

  • Genie
    2019-05-27 19:30

    On vacation, I was lucky to find a bookstore in a place settled by Norwegians (Poulsbo, Washington); they had a lot of Scandinavian authors of whim I had heard, including Helene Tursten. I had already read through most all of the Scandinavian authors brought to fame here by the Girl With a Dragon Tattoo series and was thinking I had run out.But this is an entirely new series, for me, anyway, and it features a woman detective. Probably because of that, the central character does not solve mysteries by being a loner, but instead is one of a whole team of detectives. So along with the Swedish context and the mystery, you also get the group dynamics in the story. And the team has its jerks and its couples and allies, etc. So that makes it interesting as well. Plus, e detective has a family with teenaged twins, one of whom is going through a skinhead phase; that provided an opportunity for some interesting history from the Swedish perspective.At first, I was not sold on the story. There are some places with some very awkward wording, perhaps translation errors. S o it was slow going in the beginning.But I ended up really liking the book; I purchased a couple more and will get on to,them soon.Overall? Try them out. With a female author and detective, they are definitely different from the others in the spotlight right now but they are simply good in another way.

  • Suzy
    2019-06-16 19:30

    I was slowly drawn in by this police procedural featuring the D.I. of the title, her boss and colleagues in the Violent Crimes division of the Goteborg, Sweden police force. What I liked best is that it seemed such a realistic portrayal of the lives of cops and the solving of a murder or two or three. Nothing sensational, no Lizbeth Salander types, just the details of ordinary people going about their jobs and living their lives. That's why I say "slowly drawn in" because I wouldn't call this a page-turner, but I looked forward to sitting down to read it. Tursten does a great job of connecting the reader to Irene Huss and her compatriots - they seemed real and I felt I knew most of them well. My only complaint is perhaps too many details about these ordinary people filling too many pages, but I still recommend this first in the Inspector Huss series and want to see how things develop in the next book, Night Rounds.

  • CatherineMustread
    2019-05-30 18:37

    Promising beginning to the Inspector Huss series, set in Gothenberg, Sweden, featuring Detective Inspector Irene Huss.  The suspense builds in this fast-paced thriller with a plot concerning several interrelated major crimes in which Huss and her team are involved as well as a subplot having to do with her teenage daughters. The discussion of anti-immigrant/skinhead sentiment seemed timely.  The translation seemed good except for the referring of Huss's spouse as "dear" which in my opinion is now only used in a more sarcastic way rather than an endearment.  Perhaps my misunderstanding of either the term or the situation in which it was used.  Note that Stephen T. Murray has also done the translation for some of the Kurt Wallander series and the Patrik Hedstrom series.

  • Timothy
    2019-06-04 16:52

    As others have already noted, the writing in this book is tedious and boring. Like clipped staccato. There was absolutely no variation in the sentences, which all read like this:I like cheese. I eat cheese. I'm a cheesehead. The characters were incredibly dull, the plot thin: some drugs, some murder for money, some jealously. Instead of showing most of the action, Helene Tursten simply had her characters tell what happened during their morning meetings. "Hey, we should find the killer soon," said boring cop no. 1."Very soon before someone else gets killed," said boring cop no. 2."Because that would be bad," said boring cop no. 3."Women are so hot, but women cops are so not cool," said Johnny (actual character who was so unbelievably chauvinistic it was laughable). "So let's catch the killer then," said boring cop no. 5.On and on the book went like this. Don't read.

  • Linda
    2019-06-12 19:45

    Although this is the first in a series with Detective Inspector Huss as the main character, in this one, her boss, Superintendent Andersson, plays such a large role, you'd think he was the main character. The book deals with social issues as well such as the place of women in a "man's" world, sexual harassment, and the rise of neo-Nazi groups. But I found it not as well written as I would like. I don't know if that's the fault of the writer or the translator. I know sometimes translators have to make major decisions on whether to translate faithfully or be more liberal to ensure the "feel" of the story. Don't get me wrong; there's nothing bad about this book. It just didn't catch me where good detective mysteries usually do.