Detective Inspector Huss

Detective Inspector Huss

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One night Detective Inspector Irene Huss is called to the scene of an apparent suicide. The dead man landed on the sidewalk in front of his luxurious apartment. A wealthy financier, he was connected through an old-boys' network to the first families of Sweden. But the society suicide' turns out to have been a carefully plotted murder. As more murders ensue, Huss tangles with motorcycle gang members, skinheads, immigrants and neo-Nazis, a cross-section of Sweden's disaffected, until ultimately she discovers which of the suspects actually killed the Swedish millionaire. And why.'
Publisher: New York : Soho Crime, c2003.
ISBN: 9781569473030
Branch Call Number: MYS Tursten
Characteristics: 371, 15 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Murray, Steven T.


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Jul 15, 2016

A very well-written detective story with a good translation. This story is fast paced, full of twists and turns, interesting characters, and murders. If you have watched and enjoyed Vera, Blue Murder, or Scott and Baily, you will enjoy this. DI Huss is an excellent detective working in a department full of interesting characters--some misogynist, some just not able to drag themselves in to a world where women have jobs, and some who just want to get the work done. Huss is also a mother who works 12-16 hours a day while dealing with teenage angst. Her husband is most women's dream spouse. I look forward to completing the series.

Jan 10, 2012

This is the first book in a Swedish Detective Inspector Irene Huss series of eight police procedurals that address social issues; only three of the eight are available in English; but to my dismay, this is an annoying book with a story that’s been Americanized to the point of silliness; it’s taking place during early December but all the characters are fixated on Christmas instead of on Sweden’s traditional mid-December Festival of Light, which actually is a lot more important to Swedes; and things get cleaned with Ajax, a product that might be well known to Americans but is virtually unknown in other countries, particularly in Sweden; and many of these references are totally unnecessary because the book could say “a chocolate bar” without having to mention the name of an American product that’s not likely to be sold much in Sweden, if at all, or making repeated references to MacDonalds; worse, the story seems about 100 pages too long and is padded with lots of pointless melodramatic stuff that makes it into an airport sort of book; and the police mostly behave like American police out of control and definitely not like Swedes because they constantly use interrogation techniques that are questionable from a legal standpoint in most of the world (if not necessarily in the US); but it will fly well with American readers; also, the book uses Kronor amounts as though they were American dollars (“everyone” knows that the US dollar is the only currency that matters); and 500,000 Kronor is not “bigger than his fortune”, as he book actually says, since that amount of Kronor is only about C$75,000; maybe the next ones in the series are better but I wouldn’t expect so.


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