Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. Other books in the Irene Huss series include Detective Inspector Huss, Night Rounds, The Glass Devil, The Golden Calf, The Fire Dance, and The Beige Man. Her books have been translated into 18 languages. She was born in Goeteborg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband and daughter.
In Swedish author Tursten's outstanding second police procedural to feature Irene Huss of the G?teborg Violent Crimes Unit (after 2003's Detective Inspector Huss), the discovery of a dismembered corpse initiates a frustrating chase for a wily serial killer. The trail leads to Copenhagen, where Huss realizes the same murderer committed a similar horrific crime. After several more deaths, the complex investigation reaches a frightening climax and stunning conclusion. Smart and intuitive, Huss is a fully realized character, whose demanding job often collides with obligations to her chef husband, twin teenage daughters and wandering terrier. While the locales and sensibilities resemble those of such other Scandinavian writers as Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum, the private lives, work habits and personal quirks of Huss's colleagues are as individual as those of the cops in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct. Some readers may be put off by the gruesome crime scene descriptions, but all will relish the vivid writing, strong sense of place, distinctive characters and steady pace. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Praise for The Torso
"The scenes in which Huss tracks her killer through the
underbelly of Copenhagen are as good as Louise Welsh's similarly
creepy tour of Glasgow in The Cutting Room.
--Entertainment Weekly "These days Scandinavian crime writers are thick on the ground . . . It's nice to see that the women can be just as bloodthirsty as the men."
--The New York Times Book Review "[Tursten] is a master at setting the scene, detailing a foreign milieu until it feels familiar. She juggles a large cast of characters with aplomb."
--Time Out Chicago "One of the better examples of the Swedish crime fiction invasion."
--The Baltimore Sun "A fascinating glimpse of cultural dynamics in Scandinavia, this is an absorbing, character-driven series . . . The writing is spare, vivid and atmospheric. This is a series for readers who like procedurals with a strong psychological component."
--Portsmouth Herald "Outstanding . . . Smart and intuitive, Huss is a fully realized character . . . Vivid writing, strong sense of place, distinctive characters and steady pace."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "Spins a good story . . . this is a solid police procedural."