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"For decades the Swedes have excelled at crime fiction, which is often as gloomy as their long winter nights, filled with philosophical asides on life and politics. Procedure, rather than clues or flights of deductive fancy, are the usual hallmarks of a Scandinavian thriller. You'll find plenty of that in Helen Tursten's finely crafted novels but she also pays homage to the grand old form, down to a bit of old-fashioned alibi busting."
"Compelling characters and steady suspense make this a fine Nordic crime novel in the spirit of Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum."
“Both readers new to the series and avid fans will enjoy investigating this puzzling case with Inspector Huss.”
"If you are looking for an additional fix of Nordic crime fiction, I suggest you add Helene Tursten to your list.... The Golden Calf being more than a mystery; it is also, in part, a cautionary tale, one that resonates quietly long after the final paragraph is read."
—Joe Hartlaub, BookReporter.com
“The Golden Calf has a plot with more twists and turns than a mountain road high in the Andes, but while you're enjoying a devious storyline, there are always...characters that live and breathe on the page. Whenever I need a bit of a Scandinavian crime fix, it's always a pleasure to turn to Detective Inspector Irene Huss.”
Praise for the Irene Huss series
"As good as Louise Welsh's similarly creepy tour of Glasgow."
"These days Scandinavian crime writers are thick on the ground. It's nice to see that the women can be just as bloodthirsty as the men."
─The New York Times Book Review
Praise for Night Rounds
"A superior Scandinavian crime novel.... Tursten does an outstanding job of offering multiple plausible murders, making this the rare procedural that actually requires the reader to evaluate alibis, motives, and means to solve the case."
─Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"I couldn't put down this finely crafted, Swedish procedural with its complex story line and heart-stopping climax."
Verdict The fourth book in Tursten’s series (after Night Rounds) is a well-crafted, if overwrought, keep-you-guessing mystery, stuffed full of intriguing characters, subplots, and extraneous details. Both readers new to the series and avid fans will enjoy investigating this puzzling case with Inspector Huss.—Jennifer Rogers, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Coll. Lib., Richmond
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Posted June 28, 2013
It is really refreshing to read a Scandinavian police procedural that is a straightforward investigation of a crime or murder, peopled by uncomplicated detectives. Such is this novel, the fifth in the Detective Inspector Irene Huss mystery series, which begins with one murder and is followed by more which eventually prove to be related.
The first victim is a wealthy restaurateur, found by his wife with two bullet wounds in his head. Another three murdered persons are found with the same wounds. The only thing apparent initially is the first victim’s wife, who also was a business associate in a dot-com venture with the three later victims. The question immediately arises, is she the murderer or possibly the next victim. And the plot unfolds.
Huss is a complex character, competent detective, mother of twins, and wife of a celebrated chef. The author painstakingly creates a satisfying police procedural, weaving together a believable story woven from a set of facts that are derived from a combination of financial fraud, organized crime and just plain human emotions. It is written simply and translated well, and is recommended.
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Posted September 4, 2013
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