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Die Tätowierung (Inspector Huss #3)

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Eines Morgens im Mai wird am Fjordufer von Göteborg eine grausam verstümmelte männliche Leiche gefunden. Wer ist der Tote? Die Polizei tappt lange im Dunkeln, bis sie über eine ungewöhnliche Tätowierung auf der Achsel des Opfers dem unheimlichen Mörder ein Stück näher kommt. Die Ermittlungen führen Inspektorin Irene Huss schließlich nach Kopenhagen, wo zwei Jahre zuvor ein ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published 2004 by btb (first published 1999)
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Jim Coughenour
Last May I was lucky enough to hear Helene Tursten when she visited San Francisco (in the company of Hakan Nesser, Kjell Eriksson and Inger Frimansson), reading from her most recently translated novel, The Glass Devil.

I highly recommend her well-plotted policiers, enjoyable especially because her star detective is a unpretentious policewoman, a happily-married wife and mother without any of the barbed dysfunction of DS Jane Tennison, but with Tennison's drive and intelligence. (Don't get me wron
First sentence: The wind gave no warning of the ghastly discovery.

Only the torso of a body is found on a beach in Sweden. The only way to even identify the gender is through DNA testing. Irene Hess and her team discover there was a similar crime, still unsolved, in Denmark. The mother of a girl Hess knew is missing in Denmark and is found to be the third victim, although not as completely mutilated. With the fourth victim, Hess fears the killings are somehow related to her.

Hass is a very descri
Titas (Emperor)
‘Personal’ is a cute word
Inspector Irene Huss is good at balancing home and office but some cases cannot be contained in the files at office. When parts of human torso start washing up at beaches, it looks like just another serial killing at first glance but when Huss tries to solve the case by pulling some old and new ones, she discovers a puzzle with roots deeper than she could imagine. With one corpse being identified as a girl she knew and another corpse being identified as son of another wo
Amanda L
Not going to miss reading the fanciful, elaborate descriptions of "Manpower" AKA "Penis Power" at all. Very illuminating to say the least (if you read/ have read it I'm sure you'll understand the reference). I'll leave it at that because any insight as to what it represents could spoil it all for you. (Tragic.)

Didn't really get into it at first, but the plot picked up throughout the middle and onward to the end. Despite:

(In stanza!)
Never felt acquainted with the killer //
Feels like a gaping hol
Jun 12, 2011 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
I've come to expect dark writing from Scandinavian writers, but this one is exceptionally gruesome. Dealing with the subject of necrosadism, this is not a murder mystery for the fainthearted. A torso, just that, a torso with all distinguishing features that would even indicate the gender having been carved out and internal organs removed, is found in a washed up black trash bag.

The Swedish criminal investigation department are completely baffled and without distinguishing mark, limbs and a head
While the crimes in this book were a bit too grisly for my taste I did find this to be a worthwhile read. I like the main character, her co-workers and her family drama which was a nice contrast to the horrific crimes that were depicted.
May 14, 2016 Larraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may be one of the most gruesome books I've read in a while. The Torso is the second in the Irene Huss series. We are still learning about Irene, her family and coworkers. When a torso is found washed up on the shore in a plastic bag, the discovery that internal & external organs as well as mammary glands have been removed. At first the pathologist is not even sure if it is a male or female body. It is determined that the body is that of a male. Irene's investigation leads to a similar m ...more
Jun 11, 2016 Hans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three reasons I am starting to love Helene Turston's series about Irene Huss (and friends):

1. It may be translated into English, but the translation does not translate all the "Swedish-ness" out of the book: "You shouldn't eat Jansson's Temptation right before you go to bed, especially if you have problems that can affect your night's sleep." Oh, yeah!

2. Helene Turston is a cool, controlled hot mess. She is always above board and by-the-book...until she suddenly choses not to be. There is a nice
Bonnie Brody
Feb 05, 2014 Bonnie Brody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Irene Huss novel I've read but it will not be my last. I plan to read all the books in this series. Irene is a police detective from Goteborg, Sweden, a woman almost six feet tall and once the Ju Jitsu champion of her country. She is a force to be reckoned with.

In this mystery/thriller, there is a partial body that has been disemboweled found washed up on the Swedish beach during 1999. It is similar to a crime that took place in Copenhagen two years previously. The police find
I do love the Scandinavians, and this one was not nearly as bleak as the type trends, despite the really rather grisly premise of this mystery. You can guess the killer's MO from the title. The writing is fine, and the main character terrifically likeable and mentally whole, unlike many of the popular police inspectors introduced in many mysteries today. I was loving the experience of reading about Göteborg and Copenhagen and was liking the characterizations, but a false note was introduced late ...more
Nancy Oakes
The Torso is to date my favorite book in the Irene Huss series; it is much darker in tone than either of the previous two novels (Detective Inspector Huss and Night Rounds), the plot is very well constructed, and the investigation takes center stage, with little else to distract from the main storyline. Frankly speaking, I couldn't put this book down.

Tursten captures the reader's attention within the first three pages with the discovery of a human torso inside of a garbage bag. Already busy with
Gruesome. You don't get to know the victims enough to be upset, so the appalling gruesomeness is not my main complaint. I considered the author a good writer when I read her first book, but in this one her plot fizzles out after the perp is identified but before he is dealt with. The cop never exchanges as much as one word with the perp -- very unsatisfying. She also implausibly reveals critical information to a friend, and that causes problems. I don't think I will read another by Tursten even ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 25, 2016 Elaine Tomasso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms Tursten writes the kind of novels I like to read - straightforward police procedurals with an ensemble cast of detectives and one main protagonist and no hint of the perpetrator's point of view. The Torso starts with the discovery of a torso washed up on a remote beach. With no head, limbs, genitals or internal organs it is impossible to sex it, never mind identify it without DNA testing. All they have to work on is a rather distinctive tattoo and links to a similar murder 2 years previously ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Inspector Irene Huss of the Goteborg Violent Crime Division is called to the scene of a gruesome murder. An eviscerated torso has been washed up on the beach. DNA evidence determines the body is a male and a tattoo is the only clue to his identity. Soon more body parts start to appear in trash bags throughout the country. When a young girl Irene is searching for is found dead in a similar way in Copenhagen, Irene takes her investigation there.

Irene is a very strong and capable detecti
May 03, 2009 Adriana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: justread
Wow, what a disappointment. The beginning of this thriller had such great potential, but at the end I feel it failed to live up to the international mystery/thriller community's praise. The writer tried to create two different story lines that intersect at the scene of the crime. However, one story line disappeared from the chapters and then reappeared close to the end with a sad attempt to show vital it was to have this other story line for the book. It just didn't work.
Jun 14, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The straightforward title of this book isn't an accurate indicator of the twisted, convoluted story it contains. The mystery part is pretty grim; we are introduced to a much larger 'cast' as half of the story takes place in Copenhagen. The change of locale is a welcome change of pace, and I welcomed the chance to get to know the Goteborg officers better.

The only part of the book I didn't like is that it focuses a little too much on the mundane. While I like getting to know Irene's daughters and
Andrew Hecht
The opening the terrible. The finish is weak. The bulk of the book is somewhat more interesting. Irene Huss is a decent character, but nothing compared to Erlendur, Wallander, Winter, van Veeteran et. al.
Jim Nolt
I've become a real fan of Scandinavian murder mysteries, and although I can't say that I didn't like "The Torso" by Helene Tursten, I will say it's not for everyone.

When just a torso in a plastic bag washes up on shore, Detective Inspector Irene Huss of Göteborg's Violent Crimes Unit begins an investigation that eventually leads her Copenhagen where her Danish colleagues are investigating similar murders committed by the same killer... and man obsessed with mutilation and necrosadism.

As grueso
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Loved it
Irene Huss is a detective in Sweden. The characters are interesting - and I feel as though I know them - amazing characters.
The story kept me on the edge of my seat and I read it in one day. It begins with the discovery of a dismembered body... and trying to identify who it belongs to. The search take Irene to Copenhagan where more murders occur - and it looks like a serial killer may be operating
Irene manages to keep her family and her hectic life as a detective separate - although each
Very abrupt ending didn't do the story any favours, but I suppose it's okay. What I really didn't like though, and what cost the book a star, was that I knew who the killer was several chapters before anyone on the investigation managed to get beyond "those niggling feelings" that should be leading them to a revelation. To be kind, I'd say the clues were well set up, but in reality I just think the author dragged it out too long. It got to be pretty frustrating for me as a reader.

It's amazing t
Oct 12, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of noir Scandinavian crime
Shelves: 2012
I like dark stuff like Harry Bosch or Harry Hole, and have been struggling to find either dark enough stuff written by a woman or where the protagonist is a woman. I think Tursten gets clsoe to what I'm looking for. Probably even closest to what I'm looking for (and I just have not found the perfect thing yet).

The crimes in the book are vile and very dark. The detective, Irene Huss, is not dark herself, but she attracts the dark people in the story. And while there are elements of other Scandina
Mar 08, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, scandinavian
This is the second book translated from this author and it starts out with a torso in a bag being found on a beach in Sweden. The only clue to the identify of the body is a tattoo, and the body, as well as dismembered, has been horribly mutilated.

This crime is soon connected with a similar mutilation murder in Denmark, so the investigation moves between Goteborg, Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark with Irene Huss and her colleagues working closely with Danish police. The mutilations are pretty gra
Tricia Bui
This book was good, but in a very creepy, creepy way. It was full of suspence and necrophilia things... I like mysteries a lot but this one kind of messed with my head. It may have been because it was the first super graphic kind of book I read that kept up throughout the entire book.. go figure, it's a murder mystery, right? But maybe I'm just not mature enough to read it.. so I didn't enjoy it too much towards the end. Although looking at this novel in a mystery sense, it was good, if you can ...more
May 31, 2012 Joel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helene Tursten’s The Torso was published by SOHO Crime way back in 2006. SOHO Crime is, purportedly, an independent publisher of crime fiction. It is not tied with Vintage, Grove Press, or even Penguin Books. The aforementioned are, of course, some of the most prominent publishers in the world. SOHO Crime is commendable for bringing non-English writers to a more mainstream reading market. For one, Ms. Tursten is Swedish and it would seem that it may take forever to have her books translated in E ...more
"Vor Göteborg findet eine Spaziergängerin einen Müllsack, Inhalt: ein quasi halbierter Torso. Unterleib, Arme, Beine und der Kopf fehlen. Einziger Hinweis ist eine asiatisch anmutende Tätowierung. Die Polizei steht vor einem Rätsel, Hilfe kommt von der untersuchenden Pathologin, sie sieht Verbindungen zu einem ähnlichgelagerten Fall in Kopenhagen. Irene Huss von der Mordkommission und ihre Kollegen in Göteborg und Kopenhagen dringen immer weiter in ein Labyrinth homophiler Beziehungen, teilweise ...more
Kay Robart
Jul 29, 2013 Kay Robart rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The novel is ploddingly written with no particular suspense. The characters all remain sketchily depicted except Huss, and her every thought is recorded, no matter how mundane. Unfortunately, many of her thoughts are mundane. Every character is thoroughly described including each person’s changes of outfits.

My biggest negative reaction has to do with unlikeliness in the investigation. Perhaps police procedure is different in Sweden than here, but I was surprised to find the coroner providing a p
Jesus Flores
The torso
A torso is found at the beach mutilated, the crime has the Gotenborg police without clues, but when the Autopsy Doctor returns comes with clues of a similar murder in Denmark. Slowly Irene will begin to find clues about the identity of the dead body and the possible murder, unfortunately seems the murderer is trailing her and killing those related to the victim in both cities. Would she be able to stop the killer in time.
The police part was interesting as previous books, really shows ho
Jul 28, 2015 Palmreader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story, wonderful characters, love Irene Huss, the first true to life protagonist in a series like this. Irene is a formidable police inspector who is dedicated to her job and guilt ridden as a mother and wife. So she is typical of many women in demanding careers. Her nasty job makes it even more guilt ridden because of her long hours and the people she pursues.
In this instance, the necrophilia-sadism is disturbing, but the book is about the journey to find the murderer. The ending is a
Dec 07, 2011 Shireen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2011
I'm enjoying this series set in Sweden. The Torso is rather gruesome but not relentlessly so. Humour, personal conflict, doggies, and vivid descriptions of Goteberg and Swedish life add welcome counterpoints and keep one engaged. I also like the peek this series gives into a different society and culture. There is far more misogyny and objectification of women in Sweden than I would've expected of a socialist country. And I learnt that Scandinavian countries are not all one vast blonde sameness ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My least favorite in the series so far. One of the things I love about the protagonist Irene is her professionalism. In this outing she shows some terribly poor judgement, and makes professional errors that make the reader want to shout, "Don't be an idiot, Irene!"

Also, the crime(s) are just too out-there. Sadistic necrophilia? Really?

And finally, while the translation remains well above-average, I cringed every time a character, actually several characters, entered a room saying, "Howdy!"
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Helene Tursten (born in Gothenburg in 1954) is a Swedish writer of crime fiction. The main character in her stories is Detective Inspector Irene Huss. Before becoming an author, Tursten worked as a nurse and then a dentist, but was forced to leave due to illness. During her illness she worked as a translator of medical articles.

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