Dead joker A Hanne Wilhelmsen novel

Anne Holt, 1958-

Book - 2016

"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?"--

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Mystery fiction
New York : Scribner 2016.
Main Author
Anne Holt, 1958- (author)
Other Authors
Anne Bruce, 1952 April 22- (translator)
First Scribner hardcover edition
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325 pages ; 24 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

Hanne Wilhelmsen, chief investigator for the Oslo police, is dealing with a politically charged case. The chief prosecutor's wife has been murdered, decapitated by her own antique sword, with her husband's fingerprints all over it. The prosecutor offers up an alternative suspect, but it turns out he died a few weeks earlier. Nonetheless, Wilhelmsen doesn't really believe the prosecutor is guilty, but she and her deputy, Billy T., are having a hard time finding another suspect. Then a reporter is also decapitated, and the ante is upped dramatically. Meanwhile, Wilhelmsen's longtime partner at home has been diagnosed with cancer, and the combined stress of personal life and work is definitely taking its toll, all played out against a bleak Norwegian backdrop. The pacing is leisurely, especially for a Scandinavian thriller, but the character development is the main appeal here. This latest in Holt's long-running series remains an ideal read-alike for fans of Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole and Karin Fossum's Inspector Sejer. Holt is Norway's former minister of justice.--Alesi, Stacy Copyright 2016 Booklist

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