THE SIXTH INSTALMENT IN THE HANNE WILHELMSEN SERIES.
A high-profile murder brings Hanne back to the city she fled in the wake of heartbreak.
When celebrity chef Brede Ziegler is discovered stabbed to death on the steps of the Olso police headquarters it sends a shockwave through the city's in-crowd. Ziegler had lots of famous friends, is there a culprit among them - or was this a random act of violence?
Police investigator Billy T. takes on the case, but is met with conflicting information about what kind of man Ziegler was. It seems nobody really knew the dead man - including his glamorous wife, the restaurant co-owner and the editor of his memoir. While Billy T. struggles to break the case, Hanne Wilhelmsen returns to Oslo after a six-month absence. Since the death of her partner Cecilie, Hanne has been in self-imposed exile. Hanne discovers that not only had Ziegler been stabbed, but he had also ingested a lethal dose of painkillers. As the plot thickens, Hanne and Billy T. are pulled deeper into the nefarious world in which Ziegler lived. Was he who he said he was? And can those who claim to have known him best be trusted?
Edgar-finalist Holt's impressive second collaboration with Reiss-Andersen, the sixth in Holt's Hanne Wilhelmsen series (after Dead Joker), explores a crucial episode in the life of her talented Oslo police detective, who's emotionally crippled by feelings of guilt that she uses to keep people away and conceal her real self. By the time an elite chef is found stabbed to death in Oslo, Hanne has been living for six months in a run-down monastery hotel near Verona, Italy, recovering from the death of her lover of nearly 20 years, Cecilie Vibe. Hanne's police team, now led by the colorful and conflicted Billy T., wishes Hanne, with all her idiosyncrasies, were back. Arriving in Oslo, fresh from meeting a Turkish mathematics professor who becomes Hanne's new lover, Hanne begins uncovering unpalatable secrets. Transcripts of witness statements alternate with Holt's penetrating psychological analysis of human desires, weaknesses, and essential decency, unveiling unexpected dimensions of her series characters.