Death of the Demon

Death of the Demon

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Baker & Taylor
Investigating the murder of an orphanage director and the disappearance of a twelve-year-old resident, police investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen believes that the child must have witnessed the crime, but struggles with doubts about her own deductive instincts.

Baker
& Taylor

Investigating the stabbing murder of an Oslo orphanage director and the disappearance of a troubled 12-year-old resident, police investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen, believing that the child must have witnessed the crime, struggles with a lack of delegating skills and doubts about her own deductive instincts. By the Edgar Award-nominated author of 1222. Simultaneous. 25,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781451634808
1451634803
Characteristics: 262 p. ; 21 cm

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maipenrai
Dec 19, 2016

(The third book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series)

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KindaSassy
Nov 09, 2016

Translated from the Norwegian by Anne Bruce.

Originally written in 1995, it wasn't until 2013 that the English translation was made.
In this instalment of the Hanne Wilhelmsen series, the recently promoted Chief Inspector finds it difficult to find her feet in a role that she finds hard to delegate, share information with her delegates and sharing responsibilities with.
The crime she is investigating is the stabbing death of Agnes Vestavik, the head of a group home for wards of the state in Oslo. Prime suspect is a 12 year old boy who is belligerent and combative to all the workers in the house and who has run away directly after the death. Slowly the puzzle is unravelled with an eye opening twist, and even Wilhelmsen is able to get both her private and work life onto some stable ground.
In the end this is a simple but enjoyable novel to while away a few hours.

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LauraSteinert
Feb 05, 2016

Story told from three points of view. Not a surprise ending at all. Still, it is good background for the later novels which are quite good.

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StarGladiator
Aug 24, 2013

" maverick investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen" ? Why does the investigator always have to be a "maverick" ? Can't there exist a non-maverick detective, cop or investigator?

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