Thursday, June 2, 2016

Book Review: Dead Joker by Anne Holt

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook,free of charge,from Simon and Schuster, via Edeleweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own.

This new book will be out next month, but be sure to put it on your wish list now!

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From Anne Holt, the internationally bestselling author of 1222—called the “godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction” by Jo Nesbø—the next installment of the Edgar Award nominated-mystery series finds Hanne Wilhelmsen caught at a deadly crossroads…

 Chief Public Prosecutor Sigurd Halvorsrud’s wife is found dead in front of the fireplace in the family living room. The cause of death: she has been brutally decapitated. Her husband, who witnessed the grisly murder and is himself covered in blood, immediately falls under suspicion, though he claims his wife’s killer was Ståle Salvesen, a man he’d prosecuted years before. Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is called in to lead the investigation with her old colleague, Billy T. Despite the circumstantial evidence, Hanne is unconvinced of Sigurd Halvorsrud’s guilt—that is, until a witness says he saw Ståle Salvesen commit suicide by jumping off a bridge days before the murder took place. Then a journalist at one of Oslo's largest newspapers is found beheaded. What links these two horrifically violent crimes?

The demanding investigation soon clashes with a terrible crisis in Hanne’s personal life. Cecilie, the woman she has lived with for almost twenty years, has fallen seriously ill and doesn’t have much time to live.

With a savage killer on the loose, Hanne must ask herself: Is the truth worth chasing at all costs?


Once again Anne Holt proves why Norwegian mysteries NEED to be read! Hanne is more relatable in this story, as she faces 20 years in police work and begins questioning if it was worth the personal loss. Yet, everyone around her is telling her what an icon andneeded part of the team she is. You can really understand her indecisiveness, and feeling adrift.

The book also brings more to light of her personal relationships at home and work, and helps the reader to see previous books in a new light. And no worry there- Holt does an excellent job in referencing previous books/cases, but without giving away the suspects, so that you want to go back and read them!Add a mystery that Agatha Christie would have loved for its's simplicity, yet unsolvability, and you have a book that you literally can NOT put down! In theory I would tell you to start this series on book 1, but I think THIS is the book to start, and then go back and read 1-4, to really understand Hanne and her methods of solving crimes. Consider it my recommend course in Norwegian mysteries for the Summer! But don't miss this series, if you love police procedurals!

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.

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