From internationally bestselling and award-winning author Anne Holt—hailed as “the godmother of Norwegian crime fiction” by Jo Nesbø—the exciting seventh installment in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series in which the brilliant female detective investigates a mass killing in the luxurious home of one of Oslo’s wealthiest families.
Shortly before Christmas, Hanne Wilhelmsen, Chief Inspector of the Norwegian Police, is called to the scene of multiple murders. Four people are found shot dead at the home of the wealthy Stahlberg family: shipping merchants and notorious for family disputes and lawsuits. Three of the dead are members of the family, and the fourth victim is an undistinguished author, seemingly out of place. A bottle of champagne had been opened but not drunk. What was the cause for celebration?
As Hanne and her long-time police partner, Billy T., investigate, they unearth many motives for the murders; each surviving member of the Stahlberg family had good reason to want the victims dead. But Hanne doesn’t believe that the full story has been revealed, and she concentrates her efforts on discovering why the author was at the home of one of Oslo’s richest families. As Hanne draws closer to the truth, she will once again risk everything for justice. But this time, will she pay the ultimate price?
This book picks up after Hanne has come back from her partners death in No Echo. She and Billy aren't back to where they were before, but they are getting there, thanks to Hanne's new girlfriend, turned wife. That situation now has Hanne in therapy, with an additional character from No Echo, still living with her, and her looking forward to actually taking time OFF for the Christmas holiday for the first time in her career.
But in Hanne's life, nothing is ever easy, and murder of course has to intervene. That is comes into her new neighborhood is a shock, but also makes her want to solve the riddle within a riddle of the 4 deaths at one scene. In many ways, this books is the most complex one I think Anne has written- Hanne is changing, her coworkers have no idea how to handle this, and then the many characters involved in the murder victim's families, bring together one convoluted web of deceit and challenge. If you are looking for a series that challenges you, this is the one! Once you read one book, you'll want to read them all!
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.