THE SECOND BOOK IN EDGAR-NOMINATED ANNE HOLT'S INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING MYSTERY SERIES FEATURING DETECTIVE HANNE WILHELMSEN, LAST SEEN IN BLIND GODDESS
IT is only the beginning of May but in Oslo a brutal heat wave has coincided with an alarming increase in violent crime. In the latest instance, police investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen is sent to a macabre crime scene on the outskirts of town. An abandoned shed is covered in blood. On one wall an eight-digit number is written in blood. There is no body--nor any sign of a victim. Is it a kid's prank or foul play? Is it even human blood?
As more bloody numbers are found in isolated locations throughout Oslo, Hanne's colleague Håkon Sand makes a startling discovery: the digits correspond to the filing numbers of foreign immigrants. All are female, all are missing. Is there a serial killer on the loose in Oslo? How does the killer have access to immigrant data?
Meanwhile, as the trail heats up, the victim of a horrific unsolved rape case and her father have each decided to take justice into their own hands. Hanne and Håkon soon discover that they aren't the only ones on the hunt for the killer.
In the second book (after Blind Goddess) in the popular Norwegian series now being translated and introduced in the United States, DI HanneWilhelmsen and colleagues investigate a series of bloody crime scenes in Oslo that are mysteriously devoid of victims. The only connection seems to be eight-digit numbers etched in the blood at each location. As crime statistics and temperatures soar, Hanne also investigates the rape of a young medical student, while the victim and her father secretly embark on their own parallel hunt. Hanne's character simultaneously struggles with internal demons, hiding her closeted lesbian lifestyle and live-in lover from her cohorts at the Oslo Police Station. Will Hanne locate the serial killer whose victims seem to disappear into thin air? Will she catch the rapist before the young victim and her father inflict justice? Will her colleagues uncover her deeply hidden secrets? Verdict It's obvious why the Hanne Wilhelmsen series has gained popularity among Scandinavian crime enthusiasts. Holt's tightly wound suspense plots and quirky, likeable protagonist are a breath of fresh air. Her latest thriller will quench her parched fans' thirst.-Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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December 18, 2012
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