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The Lion's Mouth: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel    by Anne Holt order for
Lion's Mouth
by Anne Holt
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Scribner, 2016 (2016)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Not long after assuming office, the assassination of Norway's Prime Minister shocks the country. For police detective Hanne Wilhelmsen this results in her California vacation being cut short as she is called home to launch an investigation of the headline making crime.

The hunt for the killer will not only be a complicated and grueling task but it will also force Hanne and her partner, Billy T., to delve into the prime minister's past and another tragedy that occurred decades ago.

The list of suspects, which range from right wing extremists to politicians and judges, will pose problems for the investigative team which will become even more of a challenge when some of these individuals start turning up dead.

Well written with tension packed plots, Anne Holt's novels have drawn a lot of international acclaim. The Edgar nominated author has been called the 'godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction' by some of her peers and this, the fourth installment in the series, is one of the best to date.

For those not familiar with Holt's work, this is as good a novel as any to begin with. She's a must read for all mystery fans.

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