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Blind Goddess (Hanne Wilhelmsen #1)

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,606 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
The first book in Edgar-nominated Anne Holt's international bestselling mystery series featureing detective Hanne Wilhelmsen, last seen in 1222.

A small-time drug dealer is found battered to death on the outskirts of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. A young Dutchman, walking aimlessly in central Oslo covered in blood, is taken into custody but refuses to talk. When he is inform
Paperback, 343 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Scribner (first published 1993)
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Nov 10, 2013 Harry rated it really liked it
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The first in this series, Blind Goddess shows us a young, passionate female Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen guided by a seeming unfailing gut instinct that often steels into her mind like a car crash. Conflicted by her sexuality, well liked by her colleagues, not yet wholly original as a leading character but certainly believable, Hanne consequently unravels an Oslo conspiracy involving drugs, murder, and government corruption when in opening a man is found sitting quietly in the road, his
Karen Gygli
I'm giving this book three stars, but there were times while reading it that I was frustrated with it. I was disappointed with this after reading 1222. Hanne is in this mystery as well, but we see her as a cop, before she was injured and paralyzed. A drug dealer is found dead, and a Dutch vagrant in Oslo is arrested because he is sitting in the middle of a busy street. He only demands that Karen Berg, a corporate attorney, become his defense attorney. Otherwise, he remains silent. This thing is ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Barbara rated it liked it
A young Dutchman is accused of killing a drug dealer in Oslo, Norway and insists on being represented by Karen Borg, the lawyer who found the body. However Borg is a civil, not criminal attorney, and defense lawyer Peter Strup tries to horn in on her client. The Dutchman refuses to change lawyers though and exhibits fear of attorneys and lockup.

Soon afterwards another attorney, the disreputable Hansa Larsen, is shot to death. Police officers Håkon Sand and Hanne Wilhelmsen connect the murders o
Nov 04, 2013 Terri rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
An attorney is called in to represent a young Dutchman found in the streets covered in blood after a man is murdered. Håkon Sand and Hanne Wilhelmsen are the officers investigating, and they find more murders and crimes leading to a drug ring with suspects in high places. I liked the book at first, really caught my attention, but it couldn't hold it. Maybe I didn't care for the characters that much overall, maybe it was pacing. I really can't put my finger on it, but I struggled to finish it.
Jul 10, 2014 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book in the Norwegian police crime series featuring D.I. Hanne Wilhelmsen - pretty good storyline but not over-convinced by the characters in this one; may be down to the translation but I'm not as gripped by the central characters as I am in other Scandi-crime series that I read. Still a good and pretty exciting read - 7/10.
Oct 04, 2013 John rated it liked it
I recently read 1222, the first to be translated (from the Norwegian) of Holt's Hanne Wilhelmsen series. Blind Goddess, the next to be translated, is actually the first in that series (it was first published in 1993); there are six other novels between Blind Goddess and 1222.

And in the intervening twenty years the central character, Hanne, has changed really beyond recognition, as has the style of fiction. 1222 is a traditional mystery in which a murderer's at loose among the passengers of a cra
Cheryl A
Jan 21, 2013 Cheryl A rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Jan 02, 2013 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tops, 2012-reads
PROTAGONIST: Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen
SETTING: Oslo, Norway
SERIES: #1 of 8
RATING: 4.75

Lawyer Karen Borg is out with her dog when she comes across a very gruesome scene, a dead man whose face is so battered in that he is unrecognizable. It turns out that he is a small-time drug dealer, and his killer is found very soon thereafter. Han van der Kerch wants Karen as his attorney, despite her lack of criminal experience, and will not talk to anyone else. The case is assigned to Karen’s friend, poli
Sofia Hicks
Apr 04, 2013 Sofia Hicks rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If there's one thing I love, it's a good old scando crime thriller, so I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, it was bloody awful. I ploughed through it because I hate the feeling of not finishing a book, but I had little to no interest as to what would happen to the plot/characters!

At first I thought it was due to the translation but as I continued to read, it became clear that the whole thing just wasn't compelling enough; I wanted to like hanne, but even she was just too one-dimension
Filippo Bossolino
Il thriller/giallo scandinavo, nella mia limitata esperienza (praticamente Nesbo) si contraddistingue, secondo me, in eventi sensazionali, ricchi di azione e colpi di scena. Nel leggerli sembra già di visualizzare qualche blockbuster d'azione. Forse è per questo motivo che preferisco autori "mediterranei", in cui l'azione roboante è sostituita spesso da un'indagine più dimessa e ridotta nelle dimensioni e nello stile, ma con risultati comunque molto efficaci.

In ogni caso, saltuariamente, mi piac
Read it quite quickly once I finally committed to reading this novel. I like Anne Holt as a author and this is the first outing for UK readers of the Hanne Wilhelmsen series; Goodreads states further, a lesbian police officer in Oslo, Norway.
She is a very good police officer and her sexuality is not an issue that could offend. None of the characters are stereotypes and this is one of the strengths of Holt's writing. However in this particular book the plot lets the story down. The story telling
Rebecca Martin
The last book I read in Anne Holt's series was last year's 2222 which features a still smart and sharp Hanne Wilhelmsen. But by the time of the 2222 case, she is twenty years older than in Blind Goddess, wheelchair-bound, and quite embittered and taciturn, not to mention cynical. Twenty years makes a lot of difference. This book features an interesting case but isn't the best in the series. What IS interesting is to see the softer and youthful version of Hanne, still smart and sharp but more kin ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Eina rated it liked it
I was left slightly disappointed, but only because Anne Holt has been described as the godmother of Norwegian crime novels. after reading Candice Fox, the bar has been raised and this book was just felt a bit too dragged out in comparison.
It also confuses me that it's referred to as a Hanne Wilhelmsen novel when she's not the sole main character. Tess Gerritsen does something similar with her Rizzoli and Isles series...
I also felt that Hanne was portrayed somewhat as a Mary Sue character in her
May 06, 2013 Las rated it liked it
I've returned to scandinavian crime after a long love affair with Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole. And now I've discovered Anne Holt, and she has two main crime series to follow - yeh! I'm looking forward to the character development of Hanne Wilhelmsen as I can see that reviews of books set 20years on from this one get great reviews. No spoilers please! I found this book a little slow at start (perhaps a lapse of concentration on my part) and I had to persist, but from the half way mark I was hooked into ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Zyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mantiene el suspense hasta la última página.
Giudizio negativo su tutti i fronti, anche considerando che già di mio non nutro molta simpatia per gli autori nordici... troppo fuori dalle mie corde. Sarà che è stato il primo libri scritto in assoluto dalla Holt, prima che le venisse l'idea di creare la serie con Johanne Vik e Yngvar Stubø (esordita nel 2001, quasi dieci anni e una mezza dozzina di libri dopo... ma prima arrivata sui nostri scaffali), sarà che doveva ancora impratichirsi con lo stile, che però ho trovato pesante e fastidioso ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Lynn rated it it was ok
I discovered Ann Holt by reading 1222 not knowing it was her latest (translated) book. Blind goddess goes back to the beginning. It was a good mystery but 1222 had much more depth of character. In other words Holt has improved! They are now translating the remainder of the The Hanne Wilhelmsen series so I will continue to read them and "catch up" to 1222. Very interesting look at Oslo police department practices and the Norwegian government. I look forward to enjoying her books.
Lynda Kelly
Feb 20, 2014 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this. It was apparently written back in 1989 but doesn't seem so at all as you read it. Her books have just been translated. I will definitely look for more in the series. I did get a little bit bogged down by some of the governmental "stuff" but thankfully it didn't carry on and we got past it. It caused me quite a bit of confusion as a few odd chapters don't tell you who is being referred to. Yes, part of the mystery but also quite confusing as well. Something I wondered about was Ka ...more
Good crime novel about police trying to find out about drug smugglers and connected killings in Norway.

Solid plot, likeable/intriguing characters that leave room for more, which is good as it's the first in a series.

One of the main characters is a lesbian detective, very much in the closet. If the other cases in the subsequent books are as well developed, I'll enjoy reading more about her.

Jun 08, 2014 Ed rated it liked it
#1 in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series. Interesting mystery set in Oslo, Norway. The first of the series to be translated into English was #8 1222(2007) - it was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity and Shamus awards - and presumably on that basis started the translation of the remainder of the series. Allowing that 1222 was great and featured Hanne Wilhelmsen, Blind Goddess(1993), translated 2012, is merely average and Wilhelmsen is only one of three main characters. The plot has a murder, with a confe ...more
Lynette Barfield
Nov 13, 2012 Lynette Barfield rated it really liked it
My first for Anne Holt, but won't be my last. I thought this was a really good book with an unusual plot. I like the characters also. I didn't find anything annoying about the translation or the Norwegian names as I have in other translated books. I recommend this to everyone who enjoys suspense.
Nov 27, 2015 Cameron rated it liked it
A Norwegian crime novel set in Oslo, this first Hanne Wilhelmsen novel explores the fictional world of drugs, crime and corruption in Norway. When two men are found murdered and a Dutchman turns up covered in blood and with no communication, commercial lawyer Karen Borg is asked by the Dutchman to represent him. Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is appointed to investigate the Dutchman's case and the investigation leads all the way up to the highest ranks of the Norwegian Ministry ...more
Nov 06, 2014 Payal rated it liked it
I would give it 2.5 stars if I could. This is the first in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series and I struggled a bit through it. I have a feeling the translation might be to blame for the somewhat flat storytelling. I was impressed with Holt's 1222 so decided to start reading the series from the beginning, which is The Blind Goddess. Sadly, Hanne Wilhelmsen makes a late entry and shares story space with a number of other characters, mainly police prosecutor Håkon Sand. A murder opens the story, but we e ...more
Bryn Troath
May 20, 2015 Bryn Troath rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Norwegian thriller

Enjoyed as audiobook
Ian Nisbet
Seems to be a different police force to Harry Hole's.
The professional relationships between the police and the prosecuting lawyers is a bit of a puzzle.
The author appears to have done her best to populate the story with ordinary people doing ordinary jobs in extraordinary circumstances but this has left the characters a bit sketchy, especially as there are so many of them without a strong single character to hang the story on.
Since this is the first in the series I presume that Hanne has not y
Dec 12, 2015 Marsha rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I had read another book by Anne Holt (1222) and was interested go back to the first in the series featuring Hanne Wilhemsen, a Norwegian detective. It was interesting to see Hanne earlier in her life before a bullet crippled her and confined her in a wheelchair. The secondary characters were just as memorable, especially Hakon Sand, a lawyer and detective who's socially inept musings are darkly humorous. The two become mixed up in a drug courier conspiracy that ultimately involves several well-k ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
A new crime writer for me and another Scandinavian one. The detective in these books is a female and there's a male Criminal prosecutor who has a thing for a female lawyer. This is the first book in the series so I can only assume the latter two characters will continue to appear. The plot concerns a drug ring run by a couple of lawyers and one or two other higher ranking people. The story starts with the lawyer finding a dead body on her morning run and a man who is taken into custody who confe ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Debra rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
My library only had this novel in large print and for some reason my brain had diffuculty adjusting to the enlargement so it was a slower go. I wanted to start the series with the first and will try the second, Blessed Are Those Who Thrist. The names were true Norwegian and were not familiar so character placement was a bit challenging. Hanne Wilhelmsen, detective, is just starting to established herself as an intuitive officer. The plot is predictable and I'm okay with this with a nice twist at ...more
Paul Pessolano
“Blind Goddess” by Anne Holt, published by Scribner.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Inspector Anne Wilhelmsen, who first appeared in “1222”, is on another case in “Blind Goddess”. Anne Holt, who is fast becoming a force to content with in Norwegian crime fiction, is now being acclaimed internationally.

“Blind Goddess” is a mystery that combines just good old fashion police work in solving complicated crime/crimes that include murder, drugs and political corruption.

Few first pages of novels will grab y
Jul 22, 2012 mbattist rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-norway
Blind Goddess, as the title might suggest, is a tense, political battle between lawyers with Norway's very soul at stake. The narrative exposes Norway's careful legal system to review, and Holt does it well with the experience of working not only for the Oslo police department, but also as a lawyer and as Norway's Minister for Justice.

It's a taunt, psychological procedural, written within the context of the ordinariness of everyday life in Oslo, Norway. There's some beautiful writing that descr
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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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