Blessed Are Those Who Thirst

Blessed Are Those Who Thirst

Book - 2012
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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? 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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781451634785
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 21 cm


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Dec 19, 2016

(The second book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series)

Nov 09, 2016

This is the second book in the series following Detective Hanne Wilhelmsen. Just a short snip of a book at just over 200 pages, it is not the sort of crime book that you sink your teeth into. rather, if you enjoy your crime like the BBC's old show New Tricks, you're going to enjoy this book.
A series of blood spattered crime scenes are found by the Oslo police with alarming regularity. All that stands out is a series of strange numbers at every scene. Hanne Wilhelmsen set about solving the crime with Hakon Sand and Billy T. Interspersed with the crime are snippets of Wilhelmsen's personal life which keeps things interesting. Everything falls neatly into place and the ending is satisfactory.
The book was originally written in 1994, so you have to forgive the lack of technology that is taken for granted now. It is a read in one session kind of book.

Jun 28, 2016

It is hard to remember 1994--and only top ranked police officers having computers. I enjoyed the book but can't rave over it. For those interested in Scandinavian crime fiction, this is a good addition to your list of potential series to read. It really is not an action series; the pace is slow, and the actions of officers are deliberate.


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