Blessed Are Those Who Thirst: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel Audiobook, by Anne Holt Play Audiobook Sample

Blessed Are Those Who Thirst: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel Audiobook

Blessed Are Those Who Thirst: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel Audiobook, by Anne Holt Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Hanne Wilhelmsen Novels Release Date: May 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781481595407

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75:04 minutes

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04:00 minutes

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25:55 minutes

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The second book in Edgar-nominated Anne Holt's internationally bestselling mystery series featuring Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen, last seen in Blind Goddess

It is only the beginning of May, but in Oslo a brutal heat wave has coincided with an alarming increase in violent crime. In the latest instance, police investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen is sent to a macabre crime scene on the outskirts of town. An abandoned shed is covered in blood. On one wall an eight-digit number is written in blood. There is no body—nor any sign of a victim. Is it a kid's prank or foul play? Is it even human blood?

As more bloody numbers are found in isolated locations throughout Oslo, Hanne's colleague Håkon Sand makes a startling discovery: the digits correspond to the filing numbers of foreign immigrants. All are female, all are missing. Is there a serial killer on the loose in Oslo? How does the killer have access to immigrant data?

Meanwhile, as the trail heats up, the victim of a horrific unsolved rape case and her father have each decided to take justice into their own hands. Hanne and Håkon soon discover that they aren't the only ones on the hunt for the killer.

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“Fast-paced and involving…Holt knows psychology as well as she knows the ins and outs of police-work. She quickly draws the reader into the minds and lives of half a dozen disparate characters—none more interesting than Inspector Wilhelmsen herself…Holt’s visions of societal and ethical decay are balanced by glimpses of great poignancy, human consolation, and love.”

— Wall Street Journal 


  • “Anne Holt is the godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction.”

    — Jo Nesbø, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A good old-fashioned mystery.”

    — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • “Move over, Jo Nesbø.”

    — Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • “A perfect entry point into Scandinavian crime…A sure pleasure for police-procedural fans who read everything from Slaughter to Nesbø.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “A sympathetic lead distinguishes Holt’s second novel.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “It’s obvious why the Hanne Wilhelmsen  series has gained popularity among Scandinavian crime enthusiasts. Holt’s tightly wound suspense plots and quirky, likable protagonist are a breath of fresh air. Her latest thriller will quench her parched fans’ thirst.”

    — Library Journal
  • “Expertly translated for American readers by the highly capable Anne Bruce…A wonderful combination of old-school police procedure and amateur detective work…Holt is a master of balancing criminal procedure with suspense…This is a series that demands to be read, and the more quickly the better.”

    — Bookreporter

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About Anne Holt

Anne Holt has worked as a journalist and news anchor and spent two years working for the Oslo Police Department before founding her own law firm and serving as Norway’s minister for justice for part of 1996 and 1997. Her first book was published in 1993, and her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. She lives in Oslo with her family.

About Kate Reading

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy), co-narrated with her husband, Michael Kramer. Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.