Dead Joker: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel Audiobook, by Anne Holt Play Audiobook Sample

Dead Joker: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel Audiobook

Dead Joker: 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 9.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Hanne Wilhelmsen Novels Release Date: July 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781504777049

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Longest Chapter Length:

46:36 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

48 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

08:50 minutes

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Publisher Description

From Anne Holt, the internationally bestselling author of 1222, comes the next installment in her Edgar Award–nominated mystery series.

Chief Public Prosecutor Sigurd Halvorsrud’s wife is found dead in front of the fireplace in the family living room. The cause of death: decapitation. Her husband, who witnessed the grisly murder and is himself covered in blood, immediately falls under suspicion, though he claims his wife’s killer was Ståle Salvesen, a man he’d prosecuted years before. Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is called in to lead the investigation with her old colleague, Billy T. Despite the circumstantial evidence, Hanne is unconvinced of Sigurd Halvorsrud’s guilt—that is, until a witness says he saw Ståle Salvesen commit suicide by jumping off a bridge days before the murder took place. Then a journalist at one of Oslo’s largest newspapers is found beheaded. What links these two horrifically violent crimes?

The demanding investigation soon clashes with a terrible crisis in Hanne’s personal life. Cecilie, the woman she has lived with for almost twenty years, has fallen seriously ill and doesn’t have much time to live.

With a savage killer on the loose, Hanne must ask herself: Is the truth worth chasing at all costs?

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“The pairing of Kate Reading’s narration skills with the talents of one of Norway’s premiere authors creates a real treat for psychological thriller fans…Reading’s crisp diction moves the action along smartly without losing the listener in the maze of clues and characters. Her facility with languages and convincing accents is an asset as she familiarizes listeners with Norwegian names. Fans of Scandinavian mysteries, as well as first-timers, will be delighted with Reading’s delivery of Holt’s latest.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Holt offers readers yet another dandy surprise ending.”

    — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • “The hands-down best mystery novels of the past decade have come out of Scandinavia, and Anne Holt’s Dead Joker does nothing to break that string…A first-rate thriller.”

    — BookPage
  • “The pacing is leisurely, especially for a Scandinavian thriller, but the character development is the main appeal here.”

    — Booklist
  • “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.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Series narrator Reading’s crisp, clipped accents exemplify Hanne’s characteristically rigid self-control and taciturn manner…[through her] serious yet melodious voice.”

    — Booklist (audio review)

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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, named an AudioFile Golden Voice, has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty–year plus career and won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. Among other awards, she has been recognized as an AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and winner of an Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.