Dead Joker: Hanne Wilhelmsen Book Five (A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel #5) (Hardcover)

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From Norway’s bestselling female crime writer, the fifth book in the Edgar-nominated mystery series featuring the whip-smart detective Hanne Wilhelmsen.

Chief Public Prosecutor Sigurd Halvorsrud’s wife is found brutally decapitated in front of the fireplace in the family living room. Her husband, who claims he witnessed the grisly murder and is himself covered in blood, immediately falls under suspicion, though he insists his wife’s killer was Ståle Salvesen, a businessman he’d prosecuted years before for insider dealing. Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is called in to lead the investigation with her old colleague, Billy T. Despite the circumstantial evidence, Hanne is unconvinced of Sigurd Halvorsrud’s guilt—that is, until a witness says he saw Ståle Salvesen commit suicide by jumping off a bridge days before the murder took place. Then a journalist at one of Oslo’s largest newspapers is found beheaded. What links these two horrific crimes? The demands of the investigation soon clash with a terrible crisis in Hanne’s personal life: Cecilie, the woman she has lived with for almost twenty years, has fallen seriously ill and doesn’t have much time to live. With a savage killer on the loose, Hanne must ask herself: Is the truth worth chasing at all costs?

About the Author

Anne Holt is Norway’s bestselling female crime writer. She was a journalist and news anchor and spent two years working for the Oslo Police Department before founding her own law firm and serving as Norway’s Minister for Justice in 1996 and 1997. Her first novel was published in 1993 and her books have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold more than 7 million copies. Her novel 1222 was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in Oslo with her family.

Praise For…

Praise for Dead Joker:

"Holt offers readers yet another dandy surprise ending."
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"This latest in Holt’s long-running series remains an ideal read-alike for fans of Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole and Karin Fossum’s Inspector Sejer."

“Nuanced characters and a strong sense of place make for an immersive tale that packs an emotional punch and offers incisive commentary on the failings of the criminal justice system.”
Publishers Weekly

Praise for the Hanne Wilhelmsen series:

"If you aren’t familiar with her Hanne Wilhelmsen novels, it’s okay to dive in with this one—No. 7—but then do yourself a favor and binge-read the first six."
Entertainment Weekly

“Anne Holt is the godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction.”
—Jo Nesbo

"Fast-paced and involving.... Holt knows psychology as well as she knows the ins and outs of police-work. She quickly draws the reader into the minds and lives of half a dozen disparate characters—none more interesting than Inspector Wilhelmsen herself... Holt's visions of societal and ethical decay are balanced by glimpses of great poignancy, human consolation and love."
—The Wall Street Journal

"Within this English translation of Holt's 1997 novel lies a twisty tale of political intrigue...a clever mystery."
—Library Journal

"A good old-fashioned murder mystery. Wherever Hanne shows up next, my advice is to follow that wheelchair."
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“It must be spooky in Scandinavia, but Holt, Norway’s best-selling female crime writer and a former minister of justice, has a goofy streak that changes the tone of this beguiling book….I really loved this snowbound book.”
Washington Post

"This is a series that demands to be read, and the more quickly, the better."

"Holt deftly marshals her perplexing narrative. . . by the sheer energy and vitality of her writing. As for the plot itself, it moves with the speed of the ill-fated train--but, unlike the train, Anne Holt's storytelling never comes off the rails."
The Independent (UK)

“Holt proves a masterful plotter. Unexpected twists hold up to scrutiny, loose ends are tied up and the finale leaves readers wanting more.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A well-wrought, claustrophobic served by the blizzard, roaring in the background while Hanne parses the swirl of rumors and snow piles inexorably against the windows."
Houston Chronicle

"Anne Holt is a thriller writer of the highest order."
—Liza Marklund, author of Red Wolf

"It's easy to see why Anne Holt, the former minister of justice in Norway and currently its bestselling female crime writer, is rapturously received in the rest of Europe."
The Guardian (UK)

"A fine addition to a noteworthy series, spotlighting a politically sensitive case in the broader context of Norwegian society. A natural for Jo Nesbø readers."
—Booklist, starred review (on The Lion's Mouth)

"Holt uses her surprising plot to highlight the nature of power and the extent to which it can corrupt."
Publishers Weekly (on The Lion's Mouth)
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501123269
ISBN-10: 1501123262
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: July 26th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel