From the Edgar Award finalist, the captivating third book in the series featuring the brilliant and tough police investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen, who must investigate the grisly murder of an orphanage director.
In a foster home outside Oslo, a twelve-year-old boy is causing havoc. The institution’s steely director, Agnes Vestavik, sees something chilling in Olav’s eyes: sheer hatred. When Vestavik is found murdered at her desk, stabbed in the back with an Ikea kitchen knife—with Olav nowhere to be found—the case goes to maverick investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen, recently promoted to chief inspector in the Oslo Police.
Could the child be a murderer? As police canvass the city for Olav, Hanne, working alongside the foulmouthed detective Billy T., orders an investigation of the home’s employees. But despite her supreme deductive skills, she is hopeless at delegating, hopeless at pooling information, hopeless at sharing responsibilities. Can Hanne learn to trust others before her bullheaded instincts lead her astray—in the workplace and on the home front?
Meanwhile, Olav makes his way through the city, looking for the mother who was forced to consign him to the state’s care. A dark and captivating new chapter in this brilliant, rollicking series, Death of the Demon examines that murky intersection between crime and justice.
Edgar-finalist Holt's stellar third Hanne Wilhelmsen novel (after 2012's Blessed Are Those Who Thirst) finds the Oslo police detective uncomfortable with her six-month-old promotion to chief inspector, a dully managerial position that's put her willy-nilly in the thick of the professional intrigue she deplores. Now faced with the murder of the formidable administrator of a foster children's group home, the detective must also confront her own troubling demons. Hanne's close friendship with her flamboyant assistant detective, Billy T., is making her question her values, while Cecilie, the partner with whom Hanne has shared her love and life since adolescence, wants the couple to have a child a desire Hanne has denied for nearly 17 years. Holt also relentlessly explores the agonies of a mother unable to manage a monstrously brain-damaged 12-year-old boy and the tragic ironies implicit in a society priding itself on cradle-to-grave welfare that condemns its most powerless and needy to inevitable disaster.
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Death of the Demon
Would have rated this a 5 except for the unsatisfactory ending. Who killed Agnes? I enjoyed the writing and realistic characters, but too many loose ends left me wondering who really killed the victim! There were so many suspects. I really like clear endings without ambiguity. Did Olav cover for Maren or did she cover for Olav? How did Olav’s mother react to his death? Was she involved besides planting the three knives? Maren killed the assistant director and kept his suicide note, but her character seemed so unlikely. Would someone really kill to keep a job and cover for a fake diploma? Why did Agnes change her will to leave everything to her husband? Why not report the boyfriend for stealing the checks and funds? Would like to have a final chapter with answers!