FICTION

The Golden Calf: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation

Soho Crime. Feb. 2013. 352p. tr. from Swedish by Laura A. Wideburg. ISBN 9781616950088. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616950095. MYS
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A wealthy restaurateur is found dead in his opulent loft in the woods. The following day, two venture capitalists are found dead in a Göteborg suburb. Three years ago another venture capitalist disappeared, after suddenly withdrawing all his funds, unmooring his boat, and setting off to sea. What do all these dead men have in common? All were shot by a small-caliber vanity handgun, and all were related via business or marriage to a beautiful blonde named Sanna Kaegler-Ceder. But is Sanna the murderer or one more potential victim? It is up to Swedish Insp. Irene Huss and her partner Tommy Persson to sift through the false leads, bank records, Sanna's half-truths, and mounting body count to discover who exactly is behind the murderous mess.
VERDICT The fourth book in Tursten's series (after Night Rounds) is a well-crafted, if overwrought, keep-you-guessing mystery, stuffed full of intriguing characters, subplots, and extraneous details. Both readers new to the series and avid fans will enjoy investigating this puzzling case with Inspector Huss.

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