Death of the Demon by Anne Holt
Series: #3 in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series
Publication Date: Originally 1995, Translated and released in US 2013
Source: e-galley provided by publisher through NetGalley
The Short Version:
A foster home director in Oslo is brutally murdered and a strange child seems to be involved.
Why I Read It:
The first book in this series to be released in the US was actually the eighth book. I liked 1222 a lot. Since then the series has been released beginning with the first book. I’ve been enjoying catching up with the series.
From the publisher:
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…
Oh this one was good! I’m already a fan of Hanne Whilhelmsen, but this one was just a fascinating mystery. There were two prongs to the story; the murder of Agnes and the story of Olav. Both kept me captivated and waiting to see how they would intersect or entwine.
At the same time the ongoing story of Hanne is just as interesting. She’s in a new role in this book. As Chief Inspector she needs to learn to delegate and to work with rather than despite her team. Her friendship with Billy T at work is a crucial piece of this transition for her. Billy T also knows the secret she’s keeping from her co-workers.
This one didn’t include some of the secondary characters from the first two books but with the more complex story this time around it was OK.
The story of Olav and his mother is one that will stick with me for a long time.
I highly recommend this series but also recommend beginning with the first book Blind Goddess.