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The Torso by Helene Tursten
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Nov 22, 2011

really liked it

Is there any end to the number of excellent Scandinavian mystery writers? Helene Tursten joins the top rank along with Henning Mankell and Stieg Larssen.

Her central character, Irene Huss, is an Inspector in the Goteborg, Sweden, murder squad. She has a husband and 2 teenagers. The book starts with the discovery on a nearby beach, of a tattooed torso. The clues advance the plot, until it's learned that there was a similar murder in Copenhagen a few years back. Irene is detailed to go to the Danish capitol and interface with the Copenhagen police. She understands Danish but not every one of her comrades do.

This is a fast-moving police procedural.

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