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Written by Helene TurstenAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Helene Tursten
Translated by Katarina TuckerAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Katarina Tucker


List Price: $15.00


On Sale: April 01, 2007
Pages: 352 | ISBN: 978-1-56947-780-9
Published by : Soho Crime Soho Press
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Part of a human torso washes up on a beach near Göteborg, Sweden. It is so mutilated that gender is only established by DNA testing. A similar crime, now several years old, remains unsolved in Denmark. Detective Inspector Irene Huss is dispatched to Copenhagen to liaise with police. Then a third corpse is discovered. This time it’s identified. It is a girl Detective Huss knew; she had been asked by the girl’s mother to locate her missing daughter. A fourth victim, the son of a woman heading the Copenhagen crime squad, is also known to Huss. She fears the killer is tracking her, killing people with whom she is connected. There is even a chilling suggestion that he or she is one of her colleagues.


Praise for The Torso

“The scenes in which Huss tracks her killer through the underbelly of Copenhagen are as good as Louise Welsh’s similarly creepy tour of Glasgow in The Cutting Room.”Entertainment Weekly

"These days Scandinavian crime writers are thick on the ground . . . It's nice to see that the women can be just as bloodthirsty as the men."
The New York Times Book Review

“[Tursten] is a master at setting the scene, detailing a foreign milieu until it feels familiar. She juggles a large cast of characters with aplomb.”
Time Out Chicago

“One of the better examples of the Swedish crime fiction invasion.”
The Baltimore Sun

"A fascinating glimpse of cultural dynamics in Scandinavia, this is an absorbing, character-driven series . . . The writing is spare, vivid and atmospheric. This is a series for readers who like procedurals with a strong psychological component."
Portsmouth Herald

“Outstanding . . . Smart and intuitive, Huss is a fully realized character . . . Vivid writing, strong sense of place, distinctive characters and steady pace.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Spins a good story . . . this is a solid police procedural.”
Library Journal

  • The Torso by Helene Tursten, Katarina Tucker (Translator)
  • April 01, 2007
  • Fiction - Mystery & Detective; Fiction
  • Soho Crime
  • $15.00
  • 9781569474532

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