In Dust and Ashes

Scribner. (Hanne Wilhelmsen, Bk. 10). May 2018. 320p. tr. from Norwegian by Anne Bruce. ISBN 9781501174780. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501174803. MYS
OrangeReviewStarRetired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen and Det. Henrik Holme have successfully collaborated on a number of cold cases in the past, proving to be a winning duo despite their sometimes quirky personalities. During a lull in their assigned caseload, they find themselves unofficially exploring two intriguing cases. Henrik is urged by a retiring detective to reopen a 12-year-old murder, because of a nagging concern that the detective may have sent an innocent man to jail. Hanne simultaneously fixates on the highly publicized suicide of a notorious right-wing blogger whose identity was recently exposed in a media witch hunt. She suspects foul play, deducing that the dots do not seem to connect to suicide. As the two follow leads on both probes, they discover an unexpected and interesting intersection between the two cases.
VERDICT This tenth and final book in this best-selling Norwegian series (after Offline) is perhaps one of the best. Holt is an expert at creating multifaceted characters and riveting fast-paced crime novels.

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