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Dead Joker: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel    by Anne Holt order for
Dead Joker
by Anne Holt
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Scribner, 2016 (2016)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

One of Norway's most popular authors, Anne Holt rolls the dice in this fifth book in her Hanne Wilhelmsen mystery series. The decapitated body of Sigurd Halvorsrud's wife makes him the prime suspect in her violent death. Sigurd claims a man he prosecuted for inside trading was the actual killer but a witness claims the man committed suicide days before the bloody murder.

Hanne and her former colleague, Billy T., are assigned the investigation and what seems to be an open and closed case becomes rather complicated when another headless body, this time that of a journalist, is found. Some curious twists take this police procedural into unexpected areas and will surprise even the most discerning reader.

On the personal front, Hanne is coping with a tragedy which will have a profound impact on her life and concerns the woman she has lived with for nearly two decades. How this affects the detective's career remains to be seen.

Those who have followed this exceptional series won't want to miss Dead Joker. There's nothing humorous about this case or the place Hanne finds herself in at the novel's conclusion. If you are a fan of the Norwegian cop you'll want to accompany her on this memorable and shattering journey.

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