This is the most complex of the Hanne Wilhelmsen books, displaying a conspiracy of the most spectacular kind. It begins with a brutal murder in the home of the Chief Attorney which leads Wilhelmsen to a paedophiliac ring. It also shows Hanne Wilhelmsen at a turning point in her life, when her life-long partner Cecilie falls terminally ill: is the truth worth chasing at all costs?
Dead Joker is the fifth installment in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series.
Nuanced characters and a strong sense of place make for an immersive tale that packs an emotional punch and offers incisive commentary on the failings of the criminal justice system.
The pacing is leisurely, especially for a Scandinavian thriller, but the character development is the main appeal here. This latest in Holt’s long-running series remains an ideal read-alike for fans of Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole and Karin Fossum’s Inspector Sejer.
As usual, Anne Holt treats us to a hair-raising and cleverly constructed plot, so rich with exciting moments that she completely defends her reputation as the first of crime in Scandinavia.