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Product Details

  • Series: An Irene Huss Investigation (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (December 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616950129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616950125
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Fire Dance

"A strong mystery and an interesting setting . . . Readers will also find it entertaining to read about life in Sweden, which is not so foreign that outsiders can’t relate."
Romantic Times Book Reviews

"As in the previous five installments in the series, Irene juggles her police duties with family life . . . But she prevails somehow in both roles. At the same time, [Tursten] manages to move a crime story forward subtly with panache. Recommended."
Spinetingler Magazine

"Fans will enjoy the details of Huss’s early career and her continuing family saga . . . Readers of Anne Holt or Mari Jungstedt will enjoy this installment."
Library Journal

"Series fans should enjoy glimpsing her [Inspector Irene Huss] early days on the force and seeing her 18-year-old daughter, Katarina, find a passion for dance."
—Publishers Weekly 

"Irene juggles her police duties with family life, her gourmet chef husband and twin daughters who now exhibit minds of their own in relation to their interests and boyfriends . . . But she prevails somehow in both roles. At the same time, the author manages to move a crime story forward subtly with panache. Recommended."
—Midwest Book Review

"[The Fire Dance] slices realistically into and out of Huss’s professional and personal lives. Not everything is wrapped up neatly by the end . . . mak[ing] the reader both wonder about and anticipate the next installment. This is a great series, the audience for which hopefully will grow exponentially with each subsequent release."
—Book Reporter

"[Fire and] family secrets are at the core of this intriguing mystery [whose] subtle, clever plot development that makes you realize there's complexity . . . that will surface as the investigation proceeds."
BookLoons

"[Is The Fire Dance] good? You bet it is, especially due to the strong cast of characters Tursten has created—and those characters have more than one surprise in store for readers like me who have followed this series from the start."
—Kittling Books

"For those who enjoy solid police procedurals with a personal twist."
Scandinavian Crime Fiction

Praise for the Irene Huss series


"As good as Louise Welsh's similarly creepy tour of Glasgow."
Entertainment Weekly

"These days Scandinavian crime writers are thick on the ground. It's nice to see that the women can be just as bloodthirsty as the men."
The New York Times Book Review

"[Tursten] imbues this novel with a cold chill of dread that can't be attributed only to the subfreezing temperatures of Göteborg in winter."
Chicago Sun Times

"Truly satisfying."
Philadelphia Inquirer



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About the Author

Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. Other books in the Irene Huss series include Detective Inspector Huss, Night Rounds, The TorsoThe Glass Devil, The Golden Calf, and The Beige Man. She was born in Göteborg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband and daughter.


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Customer Reviews

I enjoyed this book and found it difficult to put down.
L. Williams
Overall a good book and I hope Tursten keeps the writing up to this level.
Kathy Clark
The author does an excellent job of developing characters.
Harmon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Once again Helene Tursten has crafted a story in which the personal relationships of the characters blend seamlessly with the police investigation. The Fire Dance allows us to see Huss as a police officer who's still finding her way through the political dynamics of her job, and as a new wife and mother as well. The new perspective adds depth to the story, as does the cold case.

Sophie Malmborg is one of the most interesting characters I've come across in a long time: prickly, almost totally uncommunicative, she sees life through the prism of her passion for dance, and she refuses to bow to anyone else's demands that she change. A reader can't help but want to know what makes her tick.

Although we get an honest picture of why it can take so long to solve a crime in any large city, Huss's family life still plays an important role in the book. Her twin daughters are both about to fly the nest, and her husband is still Irene's rock. Between a heavy caseload and two girls willfully expressing their independence, Irene definitely needs a devoted and loving husband like Krister.

For the first time in this series (I've read all the books as they've been translated into English), I felt let down by the solution to the crime. It was just way too obvious to me and took away some of my enjoyment of the book. Is The Fire Dance still good? You bet it is, especially due to the strong cast of characters Tursten has created-- and those characters have more than one surprise in store for readers like me who have followed this series from the start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PJ Coldren VINE VOICE on July 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I am going to assume that you. the reader. know how to find out the basic story/plot of THE FIRE DANCE, so I won't burden you with that information. I enjoyed this book, the first Tursten I've read. It is always difficult for me, as a monolingual person, to know how much talent to ascribe to the author and how much to the translator. In this case, both seemed to have been working at the top of their respective games. I particularly enjoyed how the daily life of a working woman with a working spouse, as well as children and a dog, manages to live a life that isn't totally wacked. Huss's skills as a detective have improved; the flashback to a previous and connected crime demonstrates how much she's learned in fifteen years. I like to know that a character can grow. I have searched out a copy of her first book - high praise from someone with more than enough books to keep me reading for several years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra K. Musselwhite on January 29, 2014
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I was unimpressed with the story. And there were some police procedural situations that I found utterly ridiculous for the female detective to have failed to follow. Introducing her spoiled daughter to possible suspects and endangering her without a thought about it was a divergence from Tursten's characterization of her main character. Also having her investigate alone seems so foolish. I may not read her again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on January 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The efforts of the truly indispensable Soho Crime imprint to catch U.S. readers up on the Irene Huss series continues, aided mightily by the translation skills of Laura A. Wideburg.

THE FIRE DANCE is the sixth in Helene Tursten’s fine and addictive canon featuring Swedish Detective Inspector Irene Huss, a quietly complex character who for whatever reason puts me in the mind of Marge Gunderson from Fargo, notwithstanding the fact that Huss, a tall, slender one-time jiu-jitsu champion, bears no physical resemblance whatsoever to Minnesota’s Gunderson. No, it is the quiet but sharp-edged competence that both women bring to the job that begs comparison, as well as the manner in which each balance the personal and professional. Huss, in this case, is married to a gourmet restaurant chef and dealing with twin daughters firmly ensconced in the turbulence and angst of teenage adolescence, which plays a minor role here.

Originally published in 2005, THE FIRE DANCE begins with a flashback to one of Huss’s earliest cases, when, as a newly minted rookie with the Goteborg Murder Squad, she and partner Tommy Persson were tasked with investigating a cottage fire that took the life of a man named Magnus Eriksson. Suspicion fell upon Sophie Malmborg, the victim’s 11-year-old stepdaughter, who was the last known person besides Eriksson to have been in the cottage prior to the fire. But Sophie is non-communicative; the fire is subsequently ruled to be accidental, and Huss and Persson become involved in other investigations.

Some 15 years later, Huss is summoned to the scene of a homicide and is startled to learn that the charred remains of the victim are those of Sophie, who in the intervening period had become highly regarded as a ballet dancer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
I have read several of the Irene Huss mysteries and this one does not disappoint. It takes place in two separate time periods, one fifteen years ago, and the other right now. Irene is investigating the arson death of a dancer named Sophie who was burned alive. Sophie's death reminds Irene of a fire and murder fifteen years previously when Sophie's step-father was killed in a similar manner.

Sophie is a strange person. She most likely has schizoid personality disorder and may have a mild case of Asperger's Syndrome. She has no friends and her one true passion is dance. She speaks little and there is no one who is important in her life except perhaps her father who is a composer.

The investigation into Sophie's murder is very interesting and the characters are well-developed. Irene is a police detective, mother, ju jitsu champion, dog lover, and wife. All these aspects of her persona are explored. She comes across as a whole human being which is not often the case in a police procedural.

The novel takes place in Goteburg, Sweden, a cold and foggy place. Even Goteburg comes alive in Tursten's words as we read about the people who populate this sub-arctic region. Laura Wideburg's translation is excellent.

As Irene gets closer and closer to solving the murder, other crimes enter the story like red herrings and this is what keeps me from giving it a five. There are gangland murders, the release from prison of a criminal who terrorized Irene in a past novel, and the like. If the novel had focused solely on Sophie's murder and its investigation, it would have been much better.
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