By Helene Tursten
Probably the most well known electorate of Göteborg, Sweden, plunges to his loss of life off an house balcony, yet what seems to be a “society suicide” quickly finds itself to be a delicately plotted homicide. Irene Huss unearths herself embroiled in a fancy and high-stakes research. As Huss and her group start to discover the victim’s hidden prior, they're dragged into Sweden’s seamy underworld of highway gangs, suffering immigrants, and neo-Nazis in an effort to seize the killer.
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There was a good deal of blood around the body, mixed with a lot of other material and diluted with rainwater. Slushy. In order to feel that she was being of some use, Inspector Huss decided to start questioning the police officers present. The commander of the unit, Håkan Lund, she knew well. Fifteen years earlier they had both been rookies in what was then the third precinct, today Polisområde 1, Göteborg’s downtown area. Lund wasn’t much taller than she was—five-nine at most. But his waistline would soon be approaching his height if he didn’t watch out.
Irene understood that the superintendent’s question was rhetorical, but that door was bothering her. An image from her memory had been insistently pricking at the back of her mind, and now it popped up. She remembered the four doors downstairs off the little square courtyard in back. The five stairways of all the main entry halls opened onto it, if she remembered it correctly. She hadn’t seen anything that looked like back kitchen stairs. There was every reason to look behind the door before they left, she thought.
It depicted a ballerina in a calf-length tulle dress. She had assumed a pose with one leg raised at an angle in front of her, and her arms and torso stretched forward. In large type the poster announced: THE NUTCRACKER. MUSIC BY TCHAIKOVSKY AND WITH ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY BY L. IVANOV. ” Curious, Irene stepped forward and read in the beam of her penlight: “JOIN US IN CELEBRATING THE NUTCRACKER’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY, 1892-1967, AT THE GRAND THEATER IN GÖTEBORG. Yes indeed, obviously he was interested in ballet,” she declared.
Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten