28 January 2014

Review: THE GOLDEN CALF, Helene Tursten

  • format : Kindle (Amazon)
  • File Size: 1723 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (February 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Translated from Swedish by Laura A. Wide burg
  • ASIN: B008ADBYWW
Synopsis (Amazon)

In this fifth installment in the critically acclaimed Irene Huss series, three men are found brutally executed in one of Goteborg's most fashionable neighborhoods. All three men were involved in an online poker company, but that's all they appear to have in common. The complex investigation immerses Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her colleagues into a world of expensive cars, fancy homes and impressive castles in the air.

Meanwhile, the normally peaceful atmosphere of the Huss family is disturbed by marital tension as Irene suspects her husband Krister of having an affair with a younger woman.

My Take

This novel explores the role of young Swedish businessmen in the collapse of the dot com world in the early 21st century. It begins with the death of one businessman and then the revealing of his strange living arrangements with his young wife and son. Then a further two businessmen who normally live together in Paris are found dead, obviously murdered. Police investigations reveal that another has been missing for three years. The wife of the first victim appears to hold the key.

Irene and a colleague are sent to Paris to view the apartment of the dead couple and they disturb a man who attacks both of them.

An action packed thriller that explores a web that reaches from Sweden to Paris and London and even into the mafia of New York.

Change is imminent in Irene's world with a couple close to going through  marital breakup and the Huss twins on the verge of leaving home.

This series are basically police procedurals, planted in a modern world, with plenty of human interest.

My rating: 4.4

I have already reviewed
THE GLASS DEVIL
4.4, NIGHT ROUNDS

1 comment:

Margot Kinberg said...

Kerrie - I actually like this series a lot. It tends to stay consistently good. Glad you thought this one was a good read.

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