The final nail-biting installment in the ten-part, award-winning Hanne Wilhelmsen series—bestselling in Norway and throughout Europe—from Scandinavia’s most celebrated female crime writer, Anne Holt.
In 2001, three-year-old Dina is killed in a tragic car accident. Not long thereafter Dina’s mother dies under mysterious circumstances, and Dina’s father Jonas is convicted of her murder.
Now it’s 2016, and the cold case ends up on the desk of Detective Henrik Holme, who tries to convince his mentor Hanne Wilhelmsen that Jonas might have been wrongly convicted. Holme and Wilhelmsen discover that the case could be connected to the suicide of an eccentric blogger, as well as the kidnapping of the grandson of a EuroJackpot millionaire.
Twenty-four years in the writing, the ten books in Anne Holt’s bestselling international series is now complete. “Hanne is a character who’s going to get in your head—and stay there” (Entertainment Weekly). In Dust and Ashes is the exciting, not-to-be-missed conclusion to this terrific series.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I would like to thank NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for making this available for review. In Dust and Ashes is the final book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series and Hanne will be sorely missed. She can be abrupt and seem rather cold, but when she is involved with her family there is a warmth that comes through. While she does not often show it, she has great respect for Henrik Holme, the young officer assigned to work with her on cold cases. After a retiring detective encounters a man that he helped to convict, the detective asks Henrik to review his case file. Jonas was recently released after serving time for killing his wife, but the detective was never fully convinced that He was guilty. Jonas had recently lost his three year old daughter and had no interest in his fate, but fifteen years later he now proclaims his innocence. Henrik becomes convinced that Jonas’ wife committed suicide after their daughter’s death. Hanne has become engrossed in the recent case of an anonymous blogger whose identity was revealed and resulted in her suicide. She is convinced that it was actually a murder and promises to help Henrik if he will assist with her inquiry. As they look into these two cases that are fifteen years apart they begin to make some surprising connections. For readers who are not familiar with this series, Anne Holt provides a mystery that is most satisfying and characters that will have you looking for the previous books to learn more about Hanne and her fellow officers. This story builds to to an exciting conclusion, making this an excellent entry in the field of Scandinavian crime.