Death of the Demon (Hanne Wilhelmsen Series)
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Death of the Demon (Hanne Wilhelmsen Series)

by Anne Holt
     
 

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From the Edgar Award finalist, the captivating third book in the series featuring the brilliant and tough police investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen, who must investigate the grisly murder of an orphanage director.

In a foster home outside Oslo, a twelve-year-old boy is causing havoc. The institution’s steely director, Agnes Vestavik, sees something chilling

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From the Edgar Award finalist, the captivating third book in the series featuring the brilliant and tough police investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen, who must investigate the grisly murder of an orphanage director.

In a foster home outside Oslo, a twelve-year-old boy is causing havoc. The institution’s steely director, Agnes Vestavik, sees something chilling in Olav’s eyes: sheer hatred. When Vestavik is found murdered at her desk, stabbed in the back with an Ikea kitchen knife—with Olav nowhere to be found—the case goes to maverick investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen, recently promoted to chief inspector in the Oslo Police.

Could the child be a murderer? As police canvass the city for Olav, Hanne, working alongside the foulmouthed detective Billy T., orders an investigation of the home’s employees. But despite her supreme deductive skills, she is hopeless at delegating, hopeless at pooling information, hopeless at sharing responsibilities. Can Hanne learn to trust others before her bullheaded instincts lead her astray—in the workplace and on the home front?

Meanwhile, Olav makes his way through the city, looking for the mother who was forced to consign him to the state’s care. A dark and captivating new chapter in this brilliant, rollicking series, Death of the Demon examines that murky intersection between crime and justice.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Edgar-finalist Holt’s stellar third Hanne Wilhelmsen novel (after 2012’s Blessed Are Those Who Thirst) finds the Oslo police detective uncomfortable with her six-month-old promotion to chief inspector, a dully managerial position that’s put her willy-nilly in the thick of the professional intrigue she deplores. Now faced with the murder of the formidable administrator of a foster children’s group home, the detective must also confront her own troubling demons. Hanne’s close friendship with her flamboyant assistant detective, Billy T., is making her question her values, while Cecilie, the partner with whom Hanne has shared her love and life since adolescence, wants the couple to have a child—a desire Hanne has denied for nearly 17 years. Holt also relentlessly explores the agonies of a mother unable to manage a monstrously brain-damaged 12-year-old boy—and the tragic ironies implicit in a society priding itself on cradle-to-grave welfare that condemns its most powerless and needy to inevitable disaster. (June)
From the Publisher
“Anne Holt is the godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction.”--Jo Nesbø
Booklist
"Always adept at balancing emotional narrative and strong suspense, Holt has crafted another must-read with this fascinating peek into a modern Sherlock’s investigative mind."
Bookreporter
“Expertly translated forAmerican readers by the highly capable Anne Bruce… A wonderful combination ofold-school police procedure and amateur detective work…. Holt is a master ofbalancing criminal procedure with suspense…. This is a series that demands tobe read, and the more quickly the better.”
Booklist (starred review)
"A perfect entry point into Scandinavian crime.... A sure pleasure for police-procedural fans who read everything from Slaughter to Nesbo.”
Kirkus Reviews
The murder of an Oslo foster home director points, inexplicably and disturbingly, to her latest charge. Olav Håkonsen has always been different from other children--capable of elaborate courtesies, yet prone to uncontrollable rages. By the time he was 3, his mother, Birgitte, was already afraid of him, and his diagnosis years later with Minimal Brain Dysfunction would have come as something of a relief if it hadn't prompted the social services authorities to take him away from her. When he joins the seven other children at the Spring Sunshine Foster Home, things instantly go wrong. Despite the best efforts of kindly caregiver Maren Kalsvik, he gets into a shouting match with a younger child, throws food across the room and hurls a string of obscenities at director Agnes Vestavik, who retaliates by keeping his loving, incapable mother from visiting him for a fortnight. The air is abruptly cleared by the discovery of Agnes' body, stabbed to death, and the news that Olav vanished into the night. Chief Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen, who catches the case, focuses on ostensibly more likely suspects, from assistant director Terje Welby, who's been embezzling from the foster home's funds, to Agnes' unnamed lover, a used-car salesman who's been forging checks he's stolen from her checkbook. But a second violent death only muddies the waters further, and at any rate, none of the adults casts anything like the shadow of pitiable, monstrous Olav. Not the finest hour for Hanne (Blind Goddess, 2012, etc.) and her detective team, who are equally upstaged by the unforgettable 12-year-old at the heart of the matter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451634808
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
06/18/2013
Series:
Hanne Wilhelmsen Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
262
Sales rank:
424,146
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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“Anne Holt is the godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction.”—Jo Nesbø

Meet the Author

Anne Holt is Norway’s bestselling female crime writer. She was a journalist and news anchor and spent two years working for the Oslo Police Department before founding her own law firm and serving as Norway’s Minister for Justice in 1996 and 1997. Her first novel was published in 1993 and her books have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold more than 7 million copies. Her novel 1222 was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in Oslo with her family.

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