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The Glass Devil by Helene Tursten
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Jan 15, 2012

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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.

The only person left in the family, a daughter, is living in London and Inspector Huss makes a trip to London to speak with her, but finds a sick woman who clearly fears something, but is unwilling and unable to shed any light on the gruesome murder of her family. Will the secret she's keeping be what puts her in the sights of the murderer as well?

As the investigation proceeds, the lives of others in the religious community come under scrutiny and scandals erupt. Their dogged pursuit of even the smallest possible clues eventually leads the team to a secret and most vile group.

While this novel deals with yet another dark side of human nature, it's not as gritty as the first 2 in the series.

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