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Das einzige Kind (Hanne Wilhelmsen #3)

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Er sieht aus wie ein Kobold. Eher noch: wie ein Dämon. Ein großer dicker Dämon. Und aus seinen Augen spricht tiefer Haß. Dabei ist Olav erst zwölf Jahre alt. Aber seine Mutter wird schon lange nicht mehr mit ihm fertig, und deshalb ist er nun im Kinderheim »Frühlingssonne« wahrscheinlich besser aufgehoben als in einer engen Sozialwohnung. In der »Frühlingssonne« hat Agnes ...more
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Published 2002 by Piper Taschenbuch (first published 1995)
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Lisa
This is my 3rd attempt to read scandinavian detective thrillers & again it failed to get me in i don't know if its the writing style or not but the storyline seemed to babble on especially when Hanne Wilhelmsen comes into investigate the murder of Agnes Vestavik.

for me the plot was ok the boy Olav was pure evil which got me interested but the rest was just blah. a bit too slow
Rachel Hall
3.5 stars

I confess to having a fairly mixed relationship with the writing of Anne Holt and having read several novels from both the Hanne Wilhelmsen and the Vik and Stubo series I find her lack of consistency a source of frustration. Having come to her work only recently I have read the series so far in the order that it was written, unlike many readers who came to her more recent novels firstly through the translation out of order headache. The first Hanne Wilhelmsen novel, Blind Goddess, was p
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Harry
Nov 12, 2013 Harry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review

"I'm the new boy!"
With resolute strides he stomped in the middle of the floor, where he remained standing while the snow from his enormous tennis shoes formed little puddles around his feet. His legs wide apart, as though to conceal the knock-kneed cross formed by his legs, he threw out his arms and repeated:
"I'm the new boy!"


Perhaps Holt's most intricately plotted novel so far, Death of the Demon takes us into Norway's foster care system and provides interested readers a glimpse
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Kim Kaso
Feb 07, 2017 Kim Kaso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another in the terrific Hanne Wilhelmsen series, this time Hanne is dealing with her duties as a newly promoted chief inspector and is finding delegating difficult. She is a great detective, but only a so-so manager, it seems. There are many false leads and the story takes its time, but it is enjoyable watching the team circle around the solution. 4.5 rounded down to 4, interesting but not as compelling as the first two in the series. Awaiting #4's release for Valentine's week, frustrated with w ...more
Rachel Hall
3.5 stars

I confess to having a fairly mixed relationship with the writing of Anne Holt and having read several novels from both the Hanne Wilhelmsen and the Vik and Stubo series I find her lack of consistency a source of frustration. Having come to her work only recently I have read the series so far in the order that it was written, unlike many readers who came to her more recent novels firstly through the translation out of order headache. The first Hanne Wilhelmsen novel, Blind Goddess, was p
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Luanne Ollivier
Jul 12, 2013 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 3.5/5 I've gone backwards with Norwegian author Anne Holt. I read the last book featuring Detective Hanne Wilhelmsen first. And then going against my usual inclination, I did decide to read her back list, as I quite enjoyed the character.

Death of the Demon is the third in the series and newly released by Scribner.

Agnes Vestavik runs a group foster home just outside of Oslo. A new boy named Olav has just moved in. He's a difficult case, hard to like and hard to get along with. He's large a
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Bonnie Brody
Jun 05, 2015 Bonnie Brody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is the reason I read mysteries, especially Nordic ones. It has everything I love in a good whodunit - twists and turns, good characterization, no red herrings, and an ending that knocked my socks off.

It is the first novel I've read by Anne Holt but it is not the last. She may be the best Scandinavian mystery writer I've read, and I've read a lot. I also am impressed with the quality of Anne Bruce's seamless translation. The book had me in its grips throughout and I had a hard time ge
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Anna
Jan 05, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2014
My favorite Anne Holt (I've read her books, both of this series and individuals, in the purely random order they have happened to run to me) - so far. And I've got curious to try some more books of the series.
While still not as noir as I like my crime, there is a delicious mix of characters, and a place that feels like Oslo (and it leaves you wondering if Hanne Wilhelmson and Harry Hole really live in the same city). I love the mix of not black-and-white characters but people who seem good and h
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Leah
Jun 09, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, new-to-me, 2013
Knifed in the back...

When respectable, middle-aged Agnes Vestavik is found at her desk with a kitchen knife in her back, it seems at first as if no-one could have wanted her dead. But as Hanne Wilhelmsen and her team investigate, they suddenly find themselves with a surfeit of suspects amongst the staff and in Agnes’ personal life, all with strong motives. And then there’s Olav – a 12-year-old newcomer to the foster home that Agnes ran: a boy with serious behavioural problems and a mother who ca
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Naomi
Apr 30, 2013 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My opinion: Absolutely my favorite out of the series to date. I have said in previous reviews of this author's works that it had a feeling that her writing was on the cusp of ROCKIN, but quite couldn't get over that threshold. With Death of the Demon, she has accomplished this.

I must admit that I was on the edge of my seat with this book trying to figure out what was going on and found myself pausing in reflection at the end of this novel. I love when a
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Katy
Jan 17, 2016 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best place to start in the series, but an enjoyable continuation. Hanne has just been promoted, and has to investigate the murder of the director of an orphanage. Great seeing the relationships develop, and well plotted crime. Definitely would recommend the series.
Heidi
After having been a fan of Scandinavian fiction for some time, I was very surprised that I have never before come across a novel by Anne Holt, who is being described as the “godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction” by none other than Jo Nesbo, one of my favourite Scandinavian crime writers. Perhaps it has been the English sounding name which had thrown me – but now that I have discovered Holt’s work, it won’t be the last time I will pick up one of her novels.

The book opens with Olav, a troub
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Megan
Reading Death of the Demon, it’s easy to get the idea that Holt doesn’t like her main character that much. For one thing—as in the previous books—Hanne Wilhelmsen is only one of a number of characters from whole point of view we see the action. Yes, she is at least marginally the central character, but in having her appearances limited, we do not get to know her as well as we should. What we do know is this: Hanne has recently been promoted to Chief Inspector. But as she rises in rank, she seem ...more
Ellen Keim
Oct 20, 2013 Ellen Keim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's funny: I hated the only other Anne Holt book I'd read (1222), but I loved this one. The main character, Hanne Wilhelmsen, had potential as a character in 1222, but she was far too passive (maybe because she spent the whole book in a wheelchair!). But here she is much more fully fleshed out, plus, unlike in 1222, she is working with a team of detectives (she's now a Chief Inspector) and there's some real investigative work going on.

I've read books with lesbian main characters in them before,
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Stacia
This, the third book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series, tells the interlocking stories of the inhabitants of a foster home in Norway. A central figure is Olav, the young and out-of-control boy whose disappearance fuels speculation that he has committed the horrible murder of the foster home’s director. But as Hanne and her detectives investigate further, they discover a web of lies: secret lovers, embezzlement, larceny. With so many suspects, it’s difficult to determine who is guilty of what.

Hanne
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Deb
Jul 23, 2015 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite book of the series. The chapter regarding Hannes's relationship with her partner just didn't fit into the book. I got the impression that Hanne it's not as comfortable with her relationship as she thought she would be. Her flirting with Billy T maybe sending a message to the readers. A 12-year-old boy enters a foster home set up for troubled children. All the employees they are also seem to be trouble in one way or another. Everyone has secrets, the head woman finds some of the s ...more
Filippo Bossolino
Jan 05, 2014 Filippo Bossolino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giunta al terzo "episodio" con protagonista Hanne Wilhelmsen, Anne Holt abbandona l'azione e i colpi di scena dei lavori precedenti, per addentrarsi maggiormente nei rapporti umani, che coinvolgono la protagonista e la sua compagna, la protagonista e i colleghi di lavoro, la direttrice di una casa famiglia con i ragazzini ospiti, con i colleghi, con la sua famiglia, e non da ultimo il rapporto tra il dodicenne Olav e la madre.

In alcuni tratti della lettura consideravo più importante che si appia
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Kate
Jan 06, 2017 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A decent Scandinavian crime novel. Both main storylines, one the murder of the director of a children's home, the other following a misfit boy who runs away from the home, interconnect, and both are intriguing. Characters are well developed and storylines build well. Little bit to much 'revealing' that characters have discovered things throughout, while leaving audience in the dark, only for it all to be revealed at the end. It felt a bit like artificial suspense. Liked the twist at the end thou ...more
Robyn Smith
i found this book too horrible, so didn't finish it.
Ice Bear
Oct 10, 2016 Ice Bear rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We continue the complex, almost secretive life of Detective Wilhelmsen with another attempt at a twist in the tale, but I think we saw this one a mile away.
Anne
Jan 26, 2017 Anne rated it liked it
Es ist merkwürdig, dass ich immer noch nicht so ganz grün mit den Geschichten um Hanne werde. Ich weiß gar nicht, wie ich es beschreiben soll, aber zwischendurch verwendet die Autorin einfach so merkwürdige Formulierungen, dass ich völlig aus dem Lesefluss komme und mich frage, ob jetzt jemand anderes schreibt. Aber vermutlich ist das nur mein persönliches Empfinden.

Inhaltlich hat mich das einzige Kind sehr berührt und teilweise schockiert. Auch die Möglichkeit zum Miträtseln ist gegeben und bie
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False Millennium
Not one of the better ones. A social worker is murdered. Is it the child? a co-worker? her husband? her lover? another co-worker? By the time you arrive at the solution you could care less. You're praying to hit the final page. I've yet to hit the book where Hanne Wilhelmsen lands in a wheelchair.
Marleen
Sep 07, 2013 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olav is a twelve year old boy with issues. He is very overweight - a fact emphasised by the fact that he’s built like a pear - and has had problems interacting with other people almost from the moment he was born. Because his mother was both unequal to the challenge he presented and unsuccessful in finding the assistance they so badly needed, Olav is being placed in an orphanage, under the care of child-services. From the moment Olav arrives, Agnes Vestavik, the orphanage’s director knows he is ...more
Gyl
Oct 09, 2016 Gyl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another scandi crime but this one was very reminiscent of the writing style of Karin Fossum - a good psychological thriller. I really enjoyed it.
John
Mar 07, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The director of an Oslo foster home is found dead, stabbed in the back as she sat at her desk working late one night. At first the crime seems inexplicable, but soon it emerges that motives abound -- that her marriage was not nearly as idyllic as portrayed, that she was seeing (although not having sex with) Another Man who thought nothing of robbing her, and that some of her underlings have secrets of career-ending gravity. As a wild card in the case, at about the same time as the murder, 12-yea ...more
Ed Napiorkowski
An OK rather than fantastic story built around some rather interesting characters and a slightly out of the ordinary murder plot storyline. I didn't pick the ending at all.
Delia O' Riordan
Jul 28, 2014 Delia O' Riordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Holt has just won a spot on my suspense novel bookshelf. Her understated style takes a little getting used to but Death of the Demon is definitely worth reading.

An awkward, moody, and downright strange twelve year old Norwegian boy is taken to a group foster home after attacking his mother. Olav has a big problem with anger and impulse control, an eccentric appearance, and an aggressive manner that can turn on a dime revealing the pathos of a lost boy trapped in a life he seems able to gra
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Lynda Kelly
Aug 09, 2016 Lynda Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Another winner from Anne Holt. I definitely prefer this series to the Vik series, I have to say. It gets better and better. This was a fascinating tale with some shockers thrown in and certainly held my interest. I'm delighted that I have the next 2 instalments already downloaded at the ready as well !!
I enjoyed Hanne's relationship with Billy T although the shock of the T was lost on me !! There were some very amusing lines in this one as well. I thought it clever the way chapters were interspe
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Ed
Oct 03, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series. The final book of the series #8 1222 (2007) was the first translated into English, in 2010. The current entry was written in 1995 but was not translated until 2013.
While I find the series absorbing, I thought the translations are much improved since Blind Goddess (1993) which seems to have been written for a British audience. Since I read the books in the order in which they are written, I shudder to think about the much acclaimed 1222 (2007) which was translat
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Franzi
Jan 31, 2015 Franzi rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-gelesen
Die Story um den verhaltensauffälligen Olaf und den Mord in einem Kinderheim bietet dazu theoretisch auch eine gute Ausgangssituation. Leider hat es die Autorin nicht geschafft mich an die Seiten zu fesseln. Aus wechselnden Perspektiven wird die Geschichte erzählt: mal kommt Ermittlerin Hanne Wilhelmsen zu Wort, mal Olav oder auch in einer Art Tagebuchstil Olavs Mutter. Hier habe ich mich immer ein wenig geärgert, denn mit jedem Perspektivwechsel geht auch eine Änderung des Schreibstils einher. ...more
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Anne Holt was born in Larvik, grew up in Lillestrøm and Tromsø, and moved to Oslo in 1978. She graduated with a law degree from the University of Bergen in 1986, and went on to work for The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and then the Oslo Police Department, earning her right to practice as a lawyer in Norway. In 1990 she returned to NRK, where she worked one year as a journalist and anch ...more
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