- Publisher: Soho Press Inc
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 185mm x 28mm | 227g
- Publication date: 10 May 2007
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1569474532
- ISBN 13: 9781569474532
- Sales rank: 139,796
Part of a human torso washes up on a beach near Goteborg, 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.
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Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. Other books in the Irene Huss series include "Detective Inspector Huss," "Night Rounds," "The Glass Devil," "The Golden Calf," "The Fire Dance," and "The Beige Man." Her books have been translated into 18 languages. She was born in Goteborg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband and daughter.
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"