The Torso (Inspector Irene Huss Series #3)

The Torso (Inspector Irene Huss Series #3)

by Helene Tursten, Katarina Tucker
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Overview

The Torso (Inspector Irene Huss Series #3) by Helene Tursten

The chilling third installment in the critically acclaimed Detective Inspector Huss series

A partial torso washes up on a Swedish beach, so mutilated that gender is only established through DNA testing. Detective Inspector Irene Huss of the Göteborg Police liaises with her Danish counterparts, who have a similar unsolved murder in their files. But when people connected to Irene start turning up dead, she fears she might be next.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569477809
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: 352
Sales rank: 134,177
File size: 2 MB

About 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 Glass Devil, The Golden Calf, The Fire Dance, and The Beige Man. 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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Torso (Inspector Irene Huss Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
I do love the Scandinavians, and this one was not nearly as bleak as the type trends, despite the really rather grisly premise of this mystery. You can guess the killer's MO from the title. The writing is fine, and the main character terrifically likeable and mentally whole, unlike many of the popular police inspectors introduced in many mysteries today. I was loving the experience of reading about Göteborg and Copenhagen and was liking the characterizations, but a false note was introduced late in the story and it was so discordant that I started to look at the book more critically. This being a life-and-death story, one simply must trust the main character, in this case, Police Inspector Irene Huss, will make reasonable judgements regarding the investigation of a murderer. I did notice that even as the body count was rising precipitously (and perhaps preposterously), the detectives would go home every night and eat on time at nice pubs. This may just be a cultural habit, which I find more interesting than something to be critical about, coming from a culture where work is more important than any bodily function or relationship. But at one point Police Inspector Huss does not warn a potential victim about his safety, and at another point allows her daughters to travel alone on an overnight when the killer is actually stalking her and her family. Since death, and a very grisly death indeed, is the probable outcome of a mistake at this point in the story, I find it hard to believe that such a reasonable person as Irene Huss has proven herself to be would make this kind of choice. Unfortunately, Tursten then became for me just an ordinary writer instead of a magician. But I do like her main chancter enough to make another attempt.
Kiki-Travels More than 1 year ago
I give it a solid "B" on an A thru F scale. Pluses: Written in an easy-to-read style. The central character was likeable and fully fleshed out and the murders were truly gruesome. There were enough plot twists to throw me off a little and I wasn't 100% certain where the story was going at one point (which is a good thing). Minuses: Where it faltered a bit was the pacing. I could've used a lot less description of drinks, meals and weather--which took up 50 pages or so. All in all, a good read. Would likely make a fantastic movie.
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Good story, awful translation.
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