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Detective Inspector Huss (Inspector Huss #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  3,226 Ratings  ·  310 Reviews
One of the most prominent citizens of Göteborg, Sweden, plunges to his death off an apartment balcony, but what appears to be a “society suicide” soon reveals itself to be a carefully plotted murder. Irene Huss finds herself embroiled in a complex and high-stakes investigation. As Huss and her team begin to uncover the victim’s hidden past, they are dragged into Sweden’s s ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Soho Crime (first published 1998)
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May 25, 2012 Francis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't get why I liked this book so much?

Inspector Huss does not seem to have any essential character flaws. She has no hidden demons in her background. She loves and cares for her family and I think she prefers weekends to working. She's like so normal.

She goes to work with a bunch of normal acting people and they sit around and discuss cases while eating take-out pizza. Once in a while somebody may get beat-up by a motorcycle gang, puncture a lung, lose a kidney or something, but other than t
Yet another is the seemingly never ending stream of Scandinavian crime fiction. And this one by a female author. And a good thing too, as this is one of the best I've read of that genre.

This is the first installment of a series featuring detective Irene Huss, a thirty something mother, with a husband, two twin girls aged thirteen, and a dog. The book opens with one of Sweden's richest men falling to his death from his fifth floor apartment balcony. What originally looked liked suicide is very so
M.J. Fiori
I was happy to pick up a female detective novel (centered around Detective Irene Huss, former Swedish national judo champion, now 35 and working homicide in Stockholm while raising twin teenage girls with her chef husband) from a mystery writer who was also a woman. What seemed at first like the usual "Schwedenkrimi" (as the Germans call it) was actually something much meatier. The meat was not in the whodunit itself, however, and it also took its sweet time emerging. It was that Helene Tursten ...more
Mackey St
May 19, 2017 Mackey St rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new series for me out of Sweden. It was a long read and at first it was a little difficult to get into the flow of the writing style. I suspect that may have more to do with the translation than the book itself. It was a superb, masterful mystery; a great police procedural and the topics covered everything from politics, economics, single parenting to skinheads. It was quite a ride. I've already started the next in the series!
Moonlight Reader
I wasn't sure about this one for at least the first 25% - either the writing or the translation seemed a bit stilted. However, I was enjoying DI Huss, so I persevered. And became engrossed.

I really love Scandi crime novels. I stumbled onto Henning Mankell donkey's years ago - long before Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy was published - and fell, not exactly in love with, but in great regard with damaged detective Kurt Wallander. At that time, Nordic Noir hadn't yet crossed the Atlantic or made
I think my favorite television channel is MHZ because they have international mysteries. At first, they had Wallander and Varg Veum, and some werid Italian mystery were everyone was sleeping with everyone. Not only that, but the Detective mano couldn't figure out his partner's daughter was his, even though everyone watching knew within two secs. Eventually they changed the mysteries up and started showing other ones, including Irene Huss. The Irene Huss movies aren't my favorite. They are rather ...more
Minty McBunny
Usually when I read a foreign book like this that has a good plot but awful writing, I feel safe in blaming the translator. But in this case I have read quite a few books translated by Steven T Murray that were flawless, so I think Helene Tursten is the problem.

I bought it because I'd heard the author's name mentioned in reviews of Karin Fossum and Asa Larsson, both of whom I adore. Not even close. The plot was fine, nothing unique or exciting, but sturdy enough to keep my interest. The dialogu
Nancy Oakes
(note: this a brief review; you can find my longer one here.

I'd put this book up against any good Scandinavian crime fiction novel -- it's got a credible plot with a good mystery wrapped around it, believable characters, and as always, concerns about contemporary issues are embedded within the story. It falls within the category of police procedural, and although I might disagree somewhat with the blurb on my cover calling the book "Sweden's Prime Suspect,” there is very little fault for reader
Sep 19, 2012 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A tedious read, that becomes even more frustrating when you realize, approximately 25 pages in, that the killer is revealed (by clothing) in the prologue.

The translation is clunky, not that I speak Swedish, but the wording is often odd. In one scene, the inspector notices a wall of graffiti: amongst the racial slurs, and cuss words, is the expression "Kilroy was Here!". It's 1998, not 1948.

I also took issue with the roving point of view. The story was told mostly from the perspective of the Ins
Jul 27, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
ANOTHER new series for me to trek through...and I have - lovely library downloads to eReader while traveling!!

This series (w/ three so far + the TV series in Sweden...) is billed as the Swedish 'Prime Suspect' but Irene Huss is soooo much more likable. This is more like a Swedish Inspector Brunetti, if you want my opinion - good food, family involvment (including dog, Sammie...), completely interesting collegues, wonderful descriptions of place AND good mystery w/ really unusual twists.

Goody go
H. P. Reed
This is one of the most poorly written books I've ever started. 7 pages in is enough. But why am I beating on Helene Tursten for her first Inspector Huss novel? She's written more in the series and people have evidently bought them and read them. Some of our own folks here have written positive reviews. Here's my reasons: Scandanavian crime novel authors Jo Nesbo, Asa Larsson, Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell et al. So much intense writing, so much attention to character development, such limpid p ...more
Larry Bassett
May 19, 2012 Larry Bassett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The writing is to a fine, detailed (and sometimes fun) point.
It was the first time she had been on an Intercity train. Even before she sat down she knew she was out of place. She wasn’t wearing a suit or high-heeled shoes, and she carried no briefcase or laptop. In her black jeans, her down-filled poplin jacket, and her red wool sweater she felt like a total misfit. A woman in a masculine-looking gray pin-striped suit, complementing her pageboy haircut, looked at Irene disapprovingly over the
Helen Tursten's Detective Inspector Huss is a satisfying Swedish police procedural. It is the first in a series featuring Detective Irene Huss.

The crime: a successful, famous, and wealthy businessman is pushed to his death from his balcony landing at the feet of his wife and son. There are many who had motive to kill him, including the members of his own family. The mystery is sometimes slow going but generally well-plotted.

The most enjoyable aspect of the novel, for me, is the character of Iren
Mar 31, 2014 Jaksen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A difficult read simply due to the writing. I was ready to blame the translator, but have since learned he has translated other books and done a wonderful job. The dialogue seemed artificial and the narration just a little 'off.' The shifting POV was disorienting - sometimes everything is seen through the MC; other times through different characters. This wasn't written in omni, or if it was - it was poorly-written omni. The characters were all sort of dull, and it just didn't hold my interest. ...more
Mar 17, 2013 Dipanjan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book definitely makes way into my Top 10 list of "MOST BORING READS". From the very word go, it kicked in a sense of drag almost immediately. You can say that about the basic progression of the plot, the detailing of the police procedural, characterization ... well almost about everything. The responsibility of wasting my time squarely falls on the shoulders of the translator (as I read the English Version). The mystery is not gripping, the plot is plain and the characters are weak. It felt ...more
Mar 16, 2009 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tursten has created a wonderfully rich work and family environment for her strong female lead, Detective Inspector Irene Huss of Violent Crimes, Gotenborg, Sweden. Despite the brutally difficult work she does each day investigating the evils of men, she seems remarkably (unbelievably?) centered and grounded and empathetic to victims. She has emotions we recognize. We like to follow her to crime scenes, and stakeouts, despite the grim business we often find there. This is a very strong lead-in to ...more
May 06, 2009 Eliszard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
The 3 stars are the result of 4 stars for plot and some interesting ideas, and 2 stars for lame writing. Sometime I wonder if mystery writers think that their readers are completely stupid, or won't follow the character development or the plot if it is not made pedantically explicit. The protagonist of the story, Swedish police detective Irene Huss, is a nice change from middle-aged semi-alcoholic men who seem to populate so many of today's mysteries. Her life and her experiences ring true, but ...more
Mar 20, 2017 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than most. I like a lot of details, a lot of suspects. This book delivers those qualities. It did drag at the end,but stayed true to the first two thirds and no gods from the heavens cut through the mysteries. It was a bit like a game of Clue and a bit like a locked room mystery. All we were missing was the final scene at the end where all the suspects are gathered and their lies and alibis are stripped away one by one.
First Sentence: Nobody saw him fall through the dense November darkness.

When a wealthy businessman plummets from his fourth-floor apartment balcony, landing virtually at the feet of his wife and son, it raises the immediate question of suicide of murder. When it turns out to be murder, The Violent Crimes Unit and D.I. Irene Huss are called in. While they are having a hard time finding a suspect, they also can’t find a motive. Additional deaths and even more violent crimes cause them to realize t
On vacation, I was lucky to find a bookstore in a place settled by Norwegians (Poulsbo, Washington); they had a lot of Scandinavian authors of whim I had heard, including Helene Tursten. I had already read through most all of the Scandinavian authors brought to fame here by the Girl With a Dragon Tattoo series and was thinking I had run out.

But this is an entirely new series, for me, anyway, and it features a woman detective. Probably because of that, the central character does not solve mysteri
I was slowly drawn in by this police procedural featuring the D.I. of the title, her boss and colleagues in the Violent Crimes division of the Goteborg, Sweden police force. What I liked best is that it seemed such a realistic portrayal of the lives of cops and the solving of a murder or two or three. Nothing sensational, no Lizbeth Salander types, just the details of ordinary people going about their jobs and living their lives. That's why I say "slowly drawn in" because I wouldn't call this a ...more
Jan 16, 2017 Fanficfan44 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I really wanted to like this book. I generally like Nordic Noir. I picked it up and attemped it multiple times over a two week period but just couldn't. At first I thought perhaps it was the translation, I have encountered other books in which the translation has made for a bad read in English but after reading other revies, I have found that this translator, Steven T. Murray, is excellent and not the cause of the issues.
1 - repetitive sentence structure, often short and choppy.
2 -confusing po
Catherine  Mustread
Jan 16, 2016 Catherine Mustread rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catherine by: Book Page Dec 2015
Promising beginning to the Inspector Huss series, set in Gothenberg, Sweden, featuring Detective Inspector Irene Huss.  The suspense builds in this fast-paced thriller with a plot concerning several interrelated major crimes in which Huss and her team are involved as well as a subplot having to do with her teenage daughters.

The discussion of anti-immigrant/skinhead sentiment seemed timely.  The translation seemed good except for the referring of Huss's spouse as "dear" which in my opinion is no
May 13, 2015 Timothy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
As others have already noted, the writing in this book is tedious and boring. Like clipped staccato. There was absolutely no variation in the sentences, which all read like this:

I like cheese. I eat cheese. I'm a cheesehead.

The characters were incredibly dull, the plot thin: some drugs, some murder for money, some jealously. Instead of showing most of the action, Helene Tursten simply had her characters tell what happened during their morning meetings.

"Hey, we should find the killer soon," sai
Jul 13, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read of this Swedish authors work. When the "Donald Trump" of Sweden takes a dive off his penthouse balcony suicide is suspected but on closer inspection it appears to be a very bizarre murder involving: Hell's Angels, Old friends, art dealers, and family members. Detective Inspector Irene Huss is on the very convoluted case. I am planning to continue this series. ★★★★
John R. Goyer
A good read - by half way through the diversions and side stories and injections of politics was starting to be a little too obvious and I wish the story packed more punch. The resolution took too long and I was tired of everyone by the end - not really bad, but not good enough for me to care about checking other books in the series out.
Monique Wilson
Jan 06, 2016 Monique Wilson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Confused as to why this book has such good reviews. The mystery is so-so, but the writing quality is just abysmal. Not sure who's to blame for that, writer or translator, but either way, this was so badly overwritten. Less is more.
Aug 17, 2014 Kathryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
BOOOOORRING!!! I gave this book the old 100 page try and just couldn't take anymore of the cookie cutter dialogue and format. Maybe it's the translation; maybe it's the author, either way I feel that reading the small print that comes with my prescription to be more entertaining.
Nov 12, 2016 Phil rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Clumsy is the only word that comes to mind. Clumsy storytelling, clumsy wordsmithing, and me, tripping clumsily through it, trying to balance my OCD-inspired need to see it through with my sincere desire to put the book down and move on to the next.
Jun 19, 2012 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had missed reading this one somehow and since it is the beginning of the series I felt it needed to read it. Great characters I love how Irene can balance house, job and family relations and that the plot is still the number one reason to read this book...
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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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Other Books in the Series

Inspector Huss (10 books)
  • Night Rounds (Inspector Huss #2)
  • The Torso (Inspector Huss #3)
  • The Glass Devil (Inspector Huss #4)
  • The Golden Calf (Inspector Huss #5)
  • The Fire Dance (Inspector Huss #6)
  • The Beige Man (Inspector Huss #7)
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