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The Glass Devil (Inspector Huss #4)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  790 ratings  ·  81 reviews
“Know[s] how to craft a truly satisfying police procedural.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

The principal of a high school telephones his friend, Inspector Andersson of the Göteborg Crime Police; one of his teachers failed to show up for work. To Inspector Irene Huss’ surprise, on the basis of this vague complaint her boss drives out with her to a remote cottage in snowbound so
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ebook, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Soho Crime (first published 2002)
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Anna
Oct 18, 2012 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Guido Brunetti or of Scandinavian crime (and Amy)
Shelves: 2012, bookcrossing
Detective Inspector Irene Huss is like a Swedish equivalent of Guido Brunetti.
A good balance with the dark crimes and dark people and places she investigates; Huss is warm and a lovable character. Actually very good balance with the dark and warm (I love noir..).
Interesting characters. I think the series has me (already) hooked...
Ellie
The Glass Devil by Helene Tursten is the fifth in the Irene Huss series. I am very fond of Irene Huss, a dedicated, smart-but-not-television-brilliant-and-odd detective (although I also like those others as well) who is happily married to a wonderful chef with two non-identical twin daughters, who by this book are nearly grown-up. The ordinariness of Irene is often offset by the bizarre and bloody crimes she solves and this one is no exception.

The head of Irene's unit is contacted by an old fri
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Bonnie Brody
This is the third novel in the Detective Inspector Irene Huss series. The book opens up with a triple homicide, possibly committed by satanists. There are signs of Satan worshipers left near the bodies, the computers are covered by the victims' blood and the hard drives wiped clean, and the christian crosses in the bedroom are turned upside down. The victims are a pastor, his wife, and their son. Each has been shot at close range and it appears that the murderer has carefully planned out the cri ...more
harryknuckles
The principal of a high school telephones his friend, Inspector Andersson of the Göteborg Crime Police; one of his teachers failed to show up for work. To Inspector Irene Huss’ surprise, on the basis of this vague complaint her boss drives out with her to a remote cottage in snowbound southern Sweden to investigate. There they find a body, its head blasted by a rifle. Teacher Jacob Schyttelius has been murdered. When they go to break the news to his elderly parents, Pastor Sten Schyttelius and h ...more
Nancy Oakes
3.75 on the rating scale

The Glass Devil is the final translated installment of Helene Tursten's series to feature Detective Inspector Irene Huss; fortunately, she has another five books already written, hopefully waiting to be translated. (Dear Soho Press: hint hint wink wink.) This is a most excellent series; while the previous book The Torso was my favorite of the four, The Glass Devil is also quite good, and here Tursten takes a bit of a different tack in storytelling, focusing much more on
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Bree
Glass Devil is very different than a typical American whodunit. There are a lot of things thrown at you that don't have anything to do with the main portion of the story. I am so used to reading the american version that it took me a while to really get into the book. Also of note the fact that the police were taking so seriously the Satanic aspect of murders was very difficult for me to believe, but maybe those sorts of things are different in other countries. The translation of the novel could ...more
Tarin Towers
Although it's always refreshing to have a female lead detective, this book falls in some of the traps of the police procedural: too many characters, and too many of those are hard to distinguish from one another without flipping pages back and forth.

Her setting in small-town Sweden is fleshed out well, especially the culture of small outposts of the Swedish Church. I found her description of the neo-Pagan character both sympathetic and realistic in terms of the way the detective perceives her (
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Heather
3.5 stars Not too hard to figure out and the characters and storyline are carried through well. A good series worth following.
Cns
Yet another Swedish mystery, but this time the inspector is a LADY! And her family is so Scandinavian cool--except for that teenage daughter who's a Nazi...those crazy kids! From the book description, I thought this was going to be about SWEDISH SATANISTS! But, turns out it was just about Swedish child molesters.
Kirsten
This was a disappointment. I don't know if it's in part the fault of the translation, but the whole book just seemed SO dead -- there was so little tension and excitement, even when the main character was kidnapped! There were also a lot of unrelated incidents (like the kidnapping) that I think were meant as red herrings but were instead just confusing -- I expected to get to the end and find out that some or all of them were related to the main story, but they just weren't, and moreover were ba ...more
Marilyn
After reading a few Scandinavian male authors, I was curious about the females -- would they be as dark and depressive? When we were in Seattle shopping, my daughter found a crime series by Helene Tursten, a Swedish author, that I have come to enjoy. This, her fifth in the Irene Huss series, is excellent. The complexity of the story, the character development, and the settings are fascinating. The writing is excellent although they are translated novels and one wonders what is lost in translatio ...more
Chris
Not as good as the first book. It felt like there were too many info dumps. Still, it's nice to see a detective who isn't tortured and has a good home life.
Jim Nolt
Like previous stories from Helene Tursten, "The Glass Devil" rates a "thumbs up" with me. This time out, Detective Inspector Irene Huss investigates the murder of a rector, his wife, and their adult son. It is an investigation that takes Huss to London in search of clues. I was was maybe a little disappointed in the way Tursten wrapped it all up too quickly, but I continue to enjoy the way she incorporates Huss' family life into the stories of her investigations of mostly very gruesome murders. ...more
Caroline
The third in the Swedish police procedural series, a young teacher, Jacob is found shot and murdered in his family's cottage by the woods. His pastor father and mother are later also found shot and murdered in their beds at home. In both places, a pentagram has been painted on their computer monitors in their blood, and the crucifix in the house has been turned upside down. Everything points to Satanism at work and Inspector Huss and her team are left grasping at straws in their investigation.

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Lane
I am loving this Swedish mystery series! Plus, they have all been made into movies!
I like foreign series because, for me, it is like traveling, and if the books are well written, I have an authentic experience of the mores and habits in another country.

Det. insp. Irene Huss is an interesting character. She is the main breadwinner in her family, and she is fairly comfortable with that...yet does have her occasional doubts. Often due to the observations of others (not so differ from everywhere, ri
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Tony
Tursten, Helene. THE GLASS DEVIL. (2003; trans. 2007). ***. This is the third novel by this Swedish author to be translated into English. It is the first of her books that I have read. The hero of the series is Inspector Irene Huss, a married woman with two girls. The investigation starts off with the murder of a young man, Jonas, in a remote cabin owned by his parents. He is ruthlessly killed as he was coming in from a session at the gym and a bit of food marketing. Later that night, his elderl ...more
Shonna Froebel
This Swedish mystery took me a while to warm up to. At first the story seemed unemotional, but it gradually came to sections where the characters seemed to gain depth and warmth. The main detective here is female, Irene Huss, and she is a member of the Goteborg police force. The police procedure is glossed over somewhat, so you don't get a detailed sense of how the force operates, but there is some discussion of regular meetings and shifts. Irene seems to have a comfortable yet formal relationsh ...more
Helen
Enjoyed this. I have read one other, and am not able to get hold of many of this series here (Wales) - it seems to have been translated mainly for the American market and isn't easy to come by. (One big advantage of this for British readers of a certain age - it gives you footnotes converting metric measurements into Imperial for US readers, yay! saves having to work it out). A slight quibble though - I don't mind American English but it grates a bit if you have just been told ON THE SAME PAGE t ...more
M M
This is a poor example of the Scandinavian crime genre, I'm saddened to say, especially because Inspector Irene Huss is an interesting protagonist - a loving wife and mother and workaholic. A teacher is found brutally slain, and when the police go over to his parents' place to break the news, they find that the couple have been murdered as well. There are signs of Satanism (inverted pentagrams and all), and evidence of computer geekery - the hard-drives of the machines have been found completely ...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: Everything had seemed perfect.

After finding Jacob Schyttelius shot to death in his isolated cottage, Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her team from the Violent Crimes Unit in Göteborg, Sweden, visit his parents. Schyttelius's parents have also been shot to death, and the computer monitor in their home-- like Jacob's-- has a Satanic symbol painted on it in their own blood. Both computers' hard drives have been professionally wiped, and the only lead Huss has-- Jacob's sister in Lond
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Sharon
What a relief to find a series in which the Scandinavian detective has a fairly normal and happy homelife! Irene Huss has a happy marriage and almost-grown twins who are neither addicted to drugs nor involved in crime. Although she is clearly a more-than-competent detective, she is not obsessed every minute with her investigation. In this novel, Irene has the opportunity to travel to Britain for her investigation, and we see both the steps of the investigation and her enjoyment of this new envir ...more
Marie
Very good translation of a Swedish novel, with a couple of interesting misinterpretations just to add a little perspective on relying on a dictionary meaning. :- ) The main character, a woman police detective, is very well conceived, and the story was terrific. Except that the startling ending left me with a broodingly bad felling for several days. For that, I'm not sure that I would recommend it. I like dark stories, but not some of the ending details in this one.
Linda  Branham Greenwell
My first novel by this author. I really enjoyed it
A Swedish murder mystery - Detective Irene Huss is the main detective.
3 members of a family are killed - and no one knows why. The husband was a pastor, the wife nondescript and suffered from depression, the son was a teacher. The only remaining family member is Rebekah - who lives in London - and is in a state of severe depression after the murders and is unable to communicate with the detectives
Catherine Woodman
Swedish author Tursten's taut third contemporary police procedural (after 2006's The Torso) opens with a compelling setup: after Det. Insp. Irene Huss and her team find Jacob Schyttelius, a divorced teacher, shot to death in his isolated cottage, his computer monitor marked with a bloody Satanic symbol, they visit his parents, Sten and Elsa, only to find them dead as well and with the same markings on their computer. The data on both machines was erased professionally, and the only viable lead, ...more
Pam Foster
Not one of Helene Tursten's best. The mystery isn't exactly solved by Irene Huss and her group, but "followed" until the killer confesses. And while Irene is in London, she's attacked but what this had to do with the story as a whole, I have no idea. But I do enjoy the characters, the setting and will continue to read the series.
Joy
While this was a fairly good story, the English versions could do with better editing. There was a chunk of the story set in England where Irene is attacked, yet it added nothing to the plot or any character development. As the other books, the ending was quite abrupt, which is just a little unusual.
Jessica
This mystery kept me guessing to the very end who could have done it.
That means it was a good book.

I like the setting, which happened to be Sweden. I haven't read many books from that area.

I also like the main detective. She was a real person with a family, that had worked her way up to Inspector.

At the beginning they believe the murders were performed by Satanists. It turns out to be far worse-child pedifiles who didn't want to be identified. In order to get in the "club" they had to rape a chi
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Susan
One cannot keep from admiring Irene Huss, a chief inspector whose ju-jitsu moves are not simply decorative. In her quest to find the murderers of a well-respected pastor, his wife, and their son, chief Inspector Irene Huss runs head on into the demonic in a god-loving community in several small hamlets outside her home of Goteburg. Much to Huss's delight, the trail runs to Mayfair and Edinburgh; but the solution to the three murders is as gory and disturbing as a play by Seneca -- or his modern ...more
Pam
...as good as the others and now, alas, I must wait for the next. I think two in a ROW is about the limit here - even my dear Brunetti cannot sustain me beyond that. I have to take a break but then - I'm ready for more....so write, Helene, write.

One thought I do have as I read these books - which are written in Swedish - is that they could be even a better read w/ a translator with a better Thesaurus - given the quality of the content and mystery, I am convinced that Ms. Tursten has a wider adje
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Rose
Enjoyed the main character, Detective Irene Huss and learning more about Swedish police procedure. Translation was a bit stilted, but I will read the others in this series as they become available.
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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.

Series:
* Irene Huss
More about Helene Tursten...
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