FICTION

The Beige Man: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation set in Sweden

Soho Crime. Feb. 2015. 320p. tr. from Swedish by Marlaine Delargy. ISBN 9781616954000. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616954017. M
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OrangeReviewStarIn the seventh entry (after The Fire Dance) in the Swedish crime series featuring Detective Inspector Huss, the theft of a BMW turns quickly into a search for the vehicle sought in a hit-and-run fatality. The hunt for the thieves unearths a gruesome discovery meant to be hidden for many years. And that's just the first chapter, but it is not overdone, nor implausible. The hit-and-run victim is someone the police know well, or do they? The second victim is an unknown. Three crime scenes, three intricate plotlines. Huss and her cohorts spread out in different directions that appear to lead nowhere but converge in a shocking finale. Huss's police team adds a cohesiveness and realism to the novel, demonstrating that crime solving relies on many heads working together and not on one rogue officer as so often depicted in crime fiction. Tursten also makes sure her readers get a glimpse into Huss's home life, which rounds out her protagonist.
VERDICT Fans of Henning Mankell and Håkan Nesser will enjoy Tursten. For readers new to the series, there is no need to start at the beginning. Allow yourself time, this can be easily read in one sitting.

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