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Death of the Demon [Format Kindle]

Anne Holt

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“Anne Holt is the godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction.”--Jo Nesbø

"A perfect entry point into Scandinavian crime.... A sure pleasure for police-procedural fans who read everything from Slaughter to Nesbo.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Expertly translated forAmerican readers by the highly capable Anne Bruce… A wonderful combination ofold-school police procedure and amateur detective work…. Holt is a master ofbalancing criminal procedure with suspense…. This is a series that demands tobe read, and the more quickly the better.” (Bookreporter)

"Always adept at balancing emotional narrative and strong suspense, Holt has crafted another must-read with this fascinating peek into a modern Sherlock’s investigative mind." (Booklist)

"Unforgettable." (Kirkus)

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Anne Holt's brilliant detective Hanne Wilhelmsen investigates her third case: the manager of a children's home is dead and a twelve-year-old tearaway is on the run.

'Anne Holt is the Godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction' Jo Nesbo

In an orphanage outside Oslo, a twelve-year-old boy is causing havoc. The institution's ageing director, Agnes Vestavik, sees something chilling in Olav's eyes: sheer hatred. When Vestavik is found murdered at her desk late at night, stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife - with Olav nowhere to be found - the case goes to Hanne Wilhelmsen, recently promoted to superintendent in the Oslo police.

Hanne suspects that Olav witnessed the murder and fled, and she orders an investigation of the orphanage staff. But this, however, is one case where her instincts are leading her astray.

Meanwhile, Olav makes his way to his mother's apartment in central Oslo. When police finally catch up to him, Olav will lead them on a chase that will upend all of their assumptions.

A dark and captivating thriller, Death of the Demon examines the murky intersection between crime and justice.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 288 pages
  • Editeur : Corvus (17 juillet 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0857892274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857892270
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A fast, heart-stopping and occasionally shudder-inducing read 1 juillet 2013
Par Bookreporter - Publié sur
Many novels that can be grouped generally under the Nordic noir classification are being published for the first time in the United States many years after their initial publication in their authors' native countries, or are being reprinted in new editions due to the rekindled (no pun intended) interest in all things Scandinavian. DEATH OF THE DEMON falls into the latter category. Part of the Hanne Wilhelmsen series, the book was originally published in 1995, 12 years before the original publication date of 1222, which then released in the US in 2011. As a result, several social and cultural aspects and issues concerning the book no longer apply, or do so somewhat differently. Still, that should not deter you from reading this crucial installment in the series.

Wilhelmsen has been promoted to the position of chief inspector in the Oslo Police Department. It is a job for which she is ill-suited in many ways, and no one realizes that more than herself. She is a little too forthright to bring the degree of political tact that such a position requires and demands. Aiding her is Billy T., a hilariously foul-mouthed maverick police investigator who is also her close friend. The two are somewhat opposite but complement each other rather than clash; what one misses, the other catches. So it is that the opening moments of their investigation into a murder at an Oslo foster home is a fine and riveting bit of police procedure, 1995 or otherwise.

The book begins with a quietly frightening and horribly tragic introduction to the life of a 12-year-old boy named Olav, who has been warehoused by the Norwegian social system into the foster home in question, for the simple reason that his mother cannot deal with him. Olav is the "demon" of the title. Or perhaps not. There are plenty of possibilities to go around, not the least of whom is Olav's mother, whose secret neglect of him as an infant is demonstrated in a cringe-inducing incident (the book, particularly the first half, is full of those) that is recounted early on and may well be responsible for the behavioral pattern that landed him in supervised care to begin with.

Olav butts heads with the staff from the beginning of his residence at the home, particularly with Anna Vestavik, the foster home director, who supervises both the personnel and the children who they care for with a fairly firm hand. It is clear that dealing with Olav is beyond even Vestavik's experienced hand, and perhaps never more so than when Vestavik is discovered murdered in her office, stabbed through the heart while seated at her desk. Olav is missing and on the run; it is assumed, in due course, that he is the one behind the murder.

Yet there are other potential suspects, whose identities and motives unfold gradually over this exquisitely paced mystery as Wilhelmsen and Billy T. steadfastly pursue some tenuous clues that seemingly lead nowhere (at least in some cases), while Olav slowly but steadily makes his way through a bitterly cold Oslo toward his mother's home. He utilizes a vague street smart that reveals a canny intelligence far beyond his years on a mission that is all but certain to end badly for those involved.

DEATH OF THE DEMON is not my favorite book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series (that honor still belongs to 1222), but I suspect that such ranking is due, at least in part, to the somewhat dated aspect of several of the social issues that were rock-solid current at the time the book was written. That being said, there are passages that I doubt I will ever forget, especially those involving Olav as he is first introduced, and as he makes his way across the city, utilizing urban foraging as the police force searches desperately for him. These elements make DEATH OF THE DEMON a fast and heart-stopping read, whether or not you are familiar with Holt's novels.

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The third Hanne Wilhelmsen novel (4.5 stars) 20 juin 2013
Par TChris - Publié sur
Anne Holt creates an ominous atmosphere in Death of the Demon ... or maybe the Scandinavian setting is enough to do that. Title notwithstanding, Death of the Demon is a fairly traditional murder mystery, not a tale of the supernatural, although several characters are possessed by demons of their own design.

Twelve-year-old Olav, confined to an institutional foster home in Oslo, is consumed by hatred. Foul-mouthed and ill-tempered, Olav is a chubby boy whose ravenous appetite is rarely satisfied. His mother cannot begin to control him. On the same night the foster home's director is stabbed to death, Olav disappears. Chief Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen investigates, assisted by Detective Billie T. With Olav, the other foster kids, troubled staff members, and the director's husband and boyfriend to consider, there's no shortage of suspects in this whodunit.

From time to time, Olav's mother provides a first-person account of the difficult life she had raising the little terror and the unwillingness of social services agencies to help, until they finally showed up to take him away. The degree to which Olav's mother is responsible for Olav's misbehavior is unclear (she has a hands-off approach to parenting), but social workers and teachers are eager to blame her instead of reproaching themselves for failing to give her the assistance she persistently requested. Those passages are probably meant to add human interest while serving as an indictment of Norway's social services agencies, but (other than the very last one) they're a bit too obvious to add anything meaningful to the story.

Characterization is above-average for a whodunit. Hanne, who is more comfortable being an investigator than an administrator, has some regret over her decision to accept her promotion to Chief Inspector. Discord between Hanne and her domestic partner adds spice to the story without becoming melodramatic. Holt gives Hanne and Billie T. a workplace friendship without relying on the clichés that often accompany relationships of that nature. I can't say that any of the characters are particularly deep, but neither are they shallow.

The ultimate test of a whodunit is whether the "reveal" is surprising and whether the story is engaging. Death of the Demon gets a better-than-passing grade on both prongs of the test. Holt has a talent for misdirection, as evidenced by a final twist that gives the story an extra spark while imparting new meaning to the book's title. If I could, I would give Death of the Demon 4 1/2 stars.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Light mystery. Kept me interested. 4 avril 2014
Par Denise E. Coyne - Publié sur
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I didn't like some of the characters, but overall a good read. Reminded me a little of the TV show Wallinger ( the original version)
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Number Three for Hanne Wilhelsen: Another Terrific Read 25 février 2014
Par Anne Mills - Publié sur
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This is the third novel in Anne Holt's series about Oslo police detective Hanne Wilhelmsen. As another reviewer notes, this series has been coming out for a long time in Norwegian -- this one appeared in 1995-- but is only now being translated into English. So far at least, the series is compelling and compulsively readable. I've only read the first three novels, and all three have been engrossing, well plotted, and surprising. Moreover, the central characters are rounded individuals with faults and virtues, whose personal lives are intertwined with police story. In this one, the "demon" -- an enraged and powerful child -- is a frightening character who still manages to evoke a kind of sympathy. I look forward to the next in the series -- "In the Lion's Mouth", but I have a bit of a wait ahead: it's due in the UK this fall, which means sometime in 2015 in the States. Ah well, it will be worth waiting for.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The book arrived in excellent condition. 5 décembre 2013
Par linda6770 - Publié sur
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Death of the Demon: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel was included on my daughter's Wish List. It arrived sooner than I could image possible. Even though I purchased used, the book arrived in excellent condition. The pages were clean and without dog ears. The cover was smooth and the spine was solid. I am pleased with the condition of the book.
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