Death of the Demon: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel Audiobook, by Anne Holt Play Audiobook Sample

Death of the Demon: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel Audiobook

Death of the Demon: 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 6.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Hanne Wilhelmsen Novels Release Date: June 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781481595421

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Longest Chapter Length:

109:50 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

06:29 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

49:21 minutes

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From Edgar Award finalist Anne Holt comes the captivating third book in the series featuring the brilliant and tough police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen, who must investigate the grisly murder of an orphanage director.

In an orphanage outside Oslo, a twelve-year-old boy is causing havoc. The institution's aging director, Agnes Vestavik, sees something chilling in Olav's eyes: sheer hatred. When Vestavik is found murdered, stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife—with Olav nowhere to be found—the case goes to maverick investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen, recently promoted to superintendent in the Oslo police. Hanne suspects that Olav witnessed the murder and fled, and she orders an investigation of the orphanage staff. But Hanne is hopeless at delegating and sharing responsibilities. Only Hanne's supreme deductive skills keep her on the job, but this is one case where her instincts are leading her astray.

Meanwhile, Olav makes his way to his once unfit mother's apartment in central Oslo. When police finally catch up to him, Olav will lead them on a chase that will upend all of their assumptions. A dark and captivating new chapter in this brilliant, rollicking series, Death of the Demon examines that murky intersection between crime and justice.

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“Reading is especially good at capturing the gritty and intimate dialogue, adjusting her volume and pacing to emphasize emotional urgency. Her portrayal of the twelve-year-old prime suspect is piercing yet impossible to ignore. In contrast, Reading’s voice is raw with vulnerability when Hanne is forced to reconcile the demands of her personal life with her independence.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Stellar…Holt…relentlessly explores the agonies of a mother unable to manage a monstrously brain-damaged twelve-year-old boy—and the tragic ironies implicit in a society priding itself on cradle-to-grave welfare that condemns its most powerless and needy to inevitable disaster.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Always adept at balancing emotional narrative and strong suspense, Holt has crafted another must-read with this fascinating peek into a modern Sherlock’s investigative mind.”

    — Booklist


  • A 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery

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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.