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Death of the Demon [Format Kindle]

Anne Holt

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Revue de presse

“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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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.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 well-plotted whodunit 24 septembre 2013
Par Amelia68 - Publié sur
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After having been a fan of Scandinavian fiction for some time, I was very surprised that I have never before come across a novel by Anne Holt, who is being described as the "godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction" by none other than Jo Nesbo, one of my favourite Scandinavian crime writers. Perhaps it has been the English sounding name which had thrown me - but now that I have discovered Holt's work, it won't be the last time I will pick up one of her novels.

The book opens with Olav, a troubled twelve-year-old boy, making his entrance into life in a foster home for problem children just outside Oslo. From the first day it becomes obvious that Olav has behavioural problems - and that he carries a deep-seated anger and hatred belying his young years. After an altercation with the foster home's director, Anne Vestavik, Olav disappears, and Anne is found dead in her study, stabbed in the back with a kitchen knife. It is Hanne Wilhelmsen recently promoted to chief inspector in the Oslo police department, who is being sent to lead the murder investigation. Despite claims that Olav could have something to do with Anne's death, Hanne is reluctant to believe those rumours - he is, after all, a young boy, surely not capable of such a heinous and cold-blooded crime. On top of the roadblocks in the investigation, Hanne struggles with her new role, being used to doing the detective work herself rather than delegating and leading her team. With very few leads to go on, this case may be one to challenge Hanne's usually impeccable instincts ....

Death of the Demon has the feel of an old-fashioned whodunit. With a small cast of characters, each one flawed in some way, the story slowly reveals clues and peels back the layers of each character's personality to reveal a possible motive for murder. I have seen Holt's work being compared to Agatha Christie's work in some reviews, and in some ways the comparison fits - the focus lying on interpersonal relationships and good old fashioned detective work. With such a small arena, there are few heart-stopping I-never-saw-this-coming moments, though the red herrings in the investigation manage to keep the reader interested to find out whether the gardener indeed did it or not. As with other Scandinavian fiction of the genre, Holt manages to intersperse crime fiction with a satirical look at modern society, where twelve-year-olds are sent into foster care because of unfit home environments.

Whilst enjoying reading a well-plotted whodunit, my overall feelings of Holt's latest work are divided. Firstly, I found it hard to warm to any of the characters (in fact finding the majority of them downright unlikeable), apart from Billie T, who was like a breath of fresh air in the stiflingly dark atmosphere of the story. And whilst the dark atmosphere of the Scandinavian noir genre is the one thing that usually appeals to me, in this case it weighed me down a little. Well plotted and expertly crafted - tick. Enjoyable - I'm not so sure. There are scenes, such as Olav sitting in a stranger's house and peeling wallpaper of the wall, which are downright depressing and left some very disturbing images in my mind. However, with the solid foundation of a well-crafted plot, the novel should appeal to Scandinavian crime fiction fans. I am intrigued by Holt's writing, and will make sure to look up some of her other work.
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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 Best in series 1 août 2013
Par N. Blackburn - Publié sur
Synopsis: Things aren't right when 12 year old Olav is sent to an orphanage due to his mother's inability to care for this (to put it mildly) disruptive child. Things go from bad to worse when the center's director is stabbed to death after Olav has a fight with her. Could a 12 year old really stab someone to death? It doesn't look good when he disappears after the act. Hanne must come in and untangle this web where things aren't quite as they seem.

My rating: 4 Stars

My opinion: Absolutely my favorite out of the series to date. I have said in previous reviews of this author's works that it had a feeling that her writing was on the cusp of ROCKIN, but quite couldn't get over that threshold. With Death of the Demon, she has accomplished this.

I must admit that I was on the edge of my seat with this book trying to figure out what was going on and found myself pausing in reflection at the end of this novel. I love when a book can accomplish this because it is pretty rare when it can.

Unlike most Nordic Noir novels, this series isn't as character driven. This book could be read as a stand alone.

Source: Edelweiss for Scribner

Would I recommend? : This book? Yes.

Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Number 3 in series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Detective Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel 19 août 2013
Par S.L. Menear - Publié sur
American readers will love the Hanne Wilhelmsen series of mystery novels written by Anne Holt. In Death of the Demon, Detective Hanne Wilhelmsen is promoted to chief inspector. Her homicide team investigates the stabbing murder of the director of a foster home for difficult children and the disappearance of a frightening young resident.

Morbidly obese Olav is only twelve but has the sinister eyes of a demon. He is discovered missing the same night as the murder. At first no one except Olav seems to have a motive. As Hanne's team digs deeper, they discover several people who committed crimes that might be covered up by the murder.

The numerous twists and turns in Death of the Demon will keep readers guessing until the surprising ending that no one will see coming.
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