The Glass Devil (Inspector Irene Huss Series #3)

The Glass Devil (Inspector Irene Huss Series #3)

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by Helene Tursten
     
 

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The fourth investigation in the nationally bestselling Swedish detective series

When one of his teachers fails to show up for work, a high school principal calls his friend on the Göteborg police force. To Detective Inspector Irene Huss’s surprise, her boss takes the
complaint seriously, even bringing her with him to a remote cottage in…  See more details below

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The fourth investigation in the nationally bestselling Swedish detective series

When one of his teachers fails to show up for work, a high school principal calls his friend on the Göteborg police force. To Detective Inspector Irene Huss’s surprise, her boss takes the
complaint seriously, even bringing her with him to a remote cottage in southern Sweden to investigate. There they discover the body of the teacher in question, victim of a rifle shot to the head. When they visit his parents to break the news, they find the couple dead in their bed, each shot between the eyes. The family’s sole surviving member, their daughter in London, is too grief-stricken for questioning. A swath of suspects arises as Irene investigates, but she has a hunch the answers to this case lie in England.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Swedish author Tursten's taut third contemporary police procedural (after 2006's The Torso) opens with a compelling setup: after Det. Insp. Irene Huss and her team find Jacob Schyttelius, a divorced teacher, shot to death in his isolated cottage, his computer monitor marked with a bloody Satanic symbol, they visit his parents, Sten and Elsa, only to find them dead as well and with the same markings on their computer. The data on both machines was erased professionally, and the only viable lead, Jacob's London-based sister, Rebecka, is too devastated by the dual tragedy to offer much assistance. Huss focuses her inquiry on Sten, a minister who had been investigating a local Satanist movement, in the belief that he may have been killed in revenge. The solution is both logical and depressing. Tursten does her usual solid job of populating the novel with credible, flawed characters and bringing to life modern Swedish society. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Praise for The Glass Devil

“An exciting account of a triple homicide.”
The New York Times Book Review 

“Shocking . . . Questions the very nature of justice and evil. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

"Taut . . . compelling."
Publishers Weekly

“Huss is quickly becoming one of the most satisfying lead characters in the thriving world of Swedish crime fiction.”
—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569477571
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Series:
Inspector Irene Huss Series , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
98,349
File size:
508 KB

Meet the Author

Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. Other books in the Irene Huss series include Detective Inspector Huss, Night Rounds, The Torso, The Golden Calf, The Fire Dance, The Beige Man, and The Treacherous Net. Her books have been translated into 18 languages. She was born in Göteborg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband and daughter.


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Glass Devil (Inspector Irene Huss Series #3) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
His cousin Georg, the principal of a high school, calls worried about dedicated teacher Jacob Schyttelius not coming to work or calling in. Though vague, Goteborg Criminal Superintendent Sven Andersson drafts Detective Inspector Irene Huss to accompany him when he drives out to the man¿s isolated cottage. Huss who has worked with Anderson for fifteen years is shocked that he has a relative. However, she more stunned at the cottage where they find a dead Jacob shot in the head by a rifle. His computer monitor is loaded with upside down pentagrams.---------- After insuring control of the crime scene, the two cops visit Jacob¿s elderly parents, Pastor Sten Schyttelius and his wife Elsa only to find both shot in the eyes once again their monitor displays upside down pentagrams. Neither computer contains information as a pro deleted everything. Huss turns to Jacob's anguished sister, Rebecka, who lives in London, but she is clueless. With no leads, Huss chooses to follow Sten¿s activities first because he was investigating a Satanist cult, which may tie to the upside down pentagrams. -------------- The third translated Huss Swedish police procedural (see DETECTIVE INSPECTOR HUSS and THE TORSO) is an excellent tale from the opening phone call until the final climax. Huss is terrific as she investigates the triple murders, but makes little progress until she makes inquiries into the Pastor¿s investigation. Sub-genre fans will appreciate this superb tale hat brings a taste of Sweden to the reader as well as a strong police investigation.------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is tightly written, the characters mattered to me, and I was sorry when the book ended. I really liked it! A complicated plot takes the main character from Sweden to London and back, with a suggestion of satanism. Anyone who enjoys books with women as the primary person will probably like this, as would readers who like police procedural stories.
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This is the third book in the series I have read and have enjoyed all of them. It's interesting to follow the clues and try to figure out what is going to happen. It's alittle hard to follow the Swedish locations and names at times, but it's something that you can get used to.
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