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.
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.
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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