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Detective Inspector Huss

(Inspector Huss #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  4,285 ratings  ·  434 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
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May 25, 2012 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
Deb Jones
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Hang on for a police procedural that begins in a tame enough fashion, but packs on the drama and tension as the plot moves forward. The further along Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her team go into investigating the murder of a wealthy man thrown from his own balcony, the more complex the details become.

I enjoyed the reading experience in this one and look forward to becoming better acquainted with the main characters in the next of the Inspector Huss series.
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
Diane Barnes
My local book club has one member who has a theme when it's her turn to assign a book. She always chooses the first novel of a detective series, lately from Nordic authors (her daughter-in-law is Norwegian), so this one hails from Sweden.

The first part of this police procedural was boring, then the action ramped up and it went quickly. The boredom for me sprang from endless department meetings, where the detectives go over what they have found so far and receive their next instructions. They eat
May 19, 2017 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!
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
Christine PNW
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Scandinavian crime fiction novels -- this one got a credible main character - DI Huss is so normal, and contemporary social and political issues are embedded within the story. I am looking forward to reading the second from this series.
Graeme Roberts
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't wish arthritis on anyone, but Helene Tursten, the author of this gripping story, only decided to write when rheumatics prevented her from continuing the practice of dentistry. Detective Inspector Huss, published in Swedish in 1998 and in English in 2003, was her first book, and I found it surprisingly polished. The characters are interesting and well-drawn, particularly the eponymous heroine, who is in every way a well-balanced, sensible Swedish mother, whose only hint of neuroticism ...more
Mar 16, 2009 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
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 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
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God only knows I have nothing against fictional flawed detectives. From hard-core alcoholics like Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole (Cockroaches), to Sara Gran’s drug addicted (Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead) and the intriguing mental illness of Harry Bingham's Fiona Griffiths (Talking to the Dead), if the writing is good and the plotting tight, I’ll love them; flaws and all. But it really is a relief to read a series in which Swedish detective, Irene Huss (pronounced, apparently, Ee ree’ en Hoos) i ...more
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
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This introduction to DI Irene Huss would not have enticed me to read more of the series. I did like the third or fourth The Glass Devil far more than this rather long book filled to overflowing with characters and side subjects from art, skinheads, dope dealers, questions on whether the holocaust was real, infidelity, immigrants, raising children, sexual harassment in the workplace, lots of detailed meals prepared by Irene's husband, bombs, etc. Written 21 years ago as we stand now.
Strange team
The prose and the characters in this book are exceptionally well written. I only gave it three stars because the plot meanders. loses focus, and runs out of momentum long before the end of the story. I will probably try reading another book by this author.
Jan 16, 2017 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
Mar 31, 2014 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 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
May 06, 2009 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
Shabbeer Hassan
A gritty and more realistic take on crime with a protagonist Inspector Hess, who doesn't have any dark secrets lurking around or a painful past, and that's a big relief, to begin with. She is just a normal person with a family, dog, house, and a job. And the book focuses on not just the murder mystery angle, but also on the whole social milieu of it, including our protagonist, her colleagues and Swedish society too. Instead of placing crime on an intellectual pedestal, this book gives a more nua ...more
I enjoyed this mystery and hope to read others in this series. I love foreign crime novels, so I was glad to discover this.
This was her first, and the prose was clunky in parts (hard to tell if that's Turnsten or the translator). There were also weird sexist aspects, like how male characters describe a woman or talk about her body. I get that she was making a point about sexism, but why include that as part of the plot? It seemed maybe like she was trying to write in a masculinist tradition and
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent (and mysterious) mystery about a very rich man who fell to his death from a balcony. Some excellently drawn characters, even two that were unsavory. One is a fellow detective who can't shut up - always criticizing and ridiculing female colleagues. The other is the superintendent of these detectives, who is a dolt weeping about the good old days before he had to deal with female detectives, refusing to correct the other unsavory character's bad behavior. Despite these annoyances, and a ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first of Swedish police procedural series set in gotenburg sees inspector Irene huss investigating the apparent suicide of a Swedish billionaire.
There are plenty of suspects including family and the local hells angels gang.
I liked the characters in the police team which included a strong female lead , some other well portrayed women officers, and interesting family dynamics which included some discussion of fascism and holocaust denial.
Overall I enjoyed and will read more in the series.
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Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten is the first book of the Inspector Huss police procedural mystery series set in contemporary Göteborg Sweden. A prominent businessman falls to his death from his balcony; an apparent suicide, but the police quickly determine it was murder. Detective Inspector Irene Huss must dig through the family's past to uncover clues leading to the killer.

The family has many secrets and alliances stretching back years, and they block Irene's investigation. The poli
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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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