By Helene Tursten

Essentially the most famous electorate of Göteborg, Sweden, plunges to his loss of life off an condo balcony, yet what seems to be a “society suicide” quickly unearths itself to be a gently plotted homicide. Irene Huss reveals herself embroiled in a posh and high-stakes research. As Huss and her workforce start to discover the victim’s hidden previous, they're dragged into Sweden’s seamy underworld of highway gangs, suffering immigrants, and neo-Nazis that allows you to capture the killer.

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You could hardly call it a bureau; rather, it was a secretary on tall, ornate legs. Below the writing surface were three drawers in a row, and above it an elegant rolltop. It was a disappointment. The bureau in the hall was grander. But evidently that wasn’t what determined its value, as Irene gathered from Svante Malm’s reaction. On the other side of the window hung two paintings that even the superintendent’s untrained eye could tell were Picassos. There were clear signatures on each. “Cubist style.

Her mother’s Ajax and her father’s Christmas cigar. She turned to von Knecht. ” “Yes, sometimes. On festive occasions . ” His voice died out to a whisper. He swallowed hard, for he too had noticed the cigar smell. ” She thought about what the medical examiner had said, but decided to evade his question. “Just routine. We always do this when we’re called to the scene of a sudden death,” she explained. He made no comment but clenched his jaws so hard that the muscles bulged out like rock-hard pillows along his jawline.

Also a fine piece,” he said. None of the policemen could think of anything to say. The superintendent turned to Irene. “You might as well stay here with Henrik while we take a look around,” he said. “I’d like to come with you. There could be something that’s out of the ordinary,” von Knecht quickly countered. He jutted out his chin and his mouth took on a stubborn look. Andersson gave him an appraising glance and nodded his assent. He turned to the crime scene technicians. “Let’s check the balcony first,” he decided.

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