The Golden Calf (Inspector Huss Book 5) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $26.95
  • Save: $3.16 (12%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Golden Calf (An Irene... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Item qualifies for FREE shipping and Prime! This item is used.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Golden Calf (An Irene Huss Investigation) Hardcover – February 5, 2013


See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$23.79
$5.95 $0.01

20 Mystery and Thrillers Under $10
For a limited time, select mystery and thriller books are under $10. Learn more
$23.79 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Frequently Bought Together

The Golden Calf (An Irene Huss Investigation) + The Torso (Inspector Huss)
Price for both: $34.77

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: An Irene Huss Investigation (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616950080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616950088
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

A grisly turn of events galvanizes the Göteborg, Sweden, police force in this fifth entry in Tursten’s crackerjack series featuring Detective Inspector Irene Huss. As the novel opens, a wealthy restaurateur is found shot in the head in his opulent home. His wife, Senna, who discovered the body, arouses suspicion from the start. Detective Huss is certain she’s lying, but why? Soon after, Huss is called to the scene of the double homicide of two gentlemen in exactly the same way that the restauranteur was killed. Turns out, Senna and the victims were principals in an Internet start-up that went boom and then bust. The mystery deepens when the body of a fourth partner, who’s been missing for several years, is found in a nearby lake. Detective Huss has many questions for Senna, who is growing shiftier by the day. Among them: Who is really the father of her infant son? Compelling characters and steady suspense make this a fine Nordic crime novel in the spirit of Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum. --Allison Block

Review


Praise for The Golden Calf

"Huss and Persson are empathetic and attractive characters, willing to take the extra step to navigate the case’s Byzantine complexity."
—Adam Woog, The Seattle Times

"For decades the Swedes have excelled at crime fiction, which is often as gloomy as their long winter nights, filled with philosophical asides on life and politics. Procedure, rather than clues or flights of deductive fancy, are the usual hallmarks of a Scandinavian thriller. You'll find plenty of that in Helen Tursten's finely crafted novels but she also pays homage to the grand old form, down to a bit of old-fashioned alibi busting."
Denver Post

"Compelling characters and steady suspense make this a fine Nordic crime novel in the spirit of Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum."
Booklist

“Both readers new to the series and avid fans will enjoy investigating this puzzling case with Inspector Huss.”
Library Journal 

"If you are looking for an additional fix of Nordic crime fiction, I suggest you add Helene Tursten to your list.... The Golden Calf being more than a mystery; it is also, in part, a cautionary tale, one that resonates quietly long after the final paragraph is read."
—Joe Hartlaub, BookReporter.com

“Huss is a complex character, competent detective, mother of twins, and wife of a celebrated chef. The author painstakingly creates a satisfying police procedural.... It is written simply and translated well, and is recommended.”
—Midwest Book Review

“Tursten strikes a good balance between ongoing character development and the unfolding of the story.... One of the best entries in a quietly strong series.”
Reviewing the Evidence

“The Golden Calf has a plot with more twists and turns than a mountain road high in the Andes, but while you're enjoying a devious storyline, there are always...characters that live and breathe on the page. Whenever I need a bit of a Scandinavian crime fix, it's always a pleasure to turn to Detective Inspector Irene Huss.”
Kittling Books


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
 

Praise for Night Rounds

 
"A superior Scandinavian crime novel.... Tursten does an outstanding job of offering multiple plausible murders, making this the rare procedural that actually requires the reader to evaluate alibis, motives, and means to solve the
case."
Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
 
"I couldn't put down this finely crafted, Swedish procedural with its complex story line and heart-stopping climax."
Library Journal

Customer Reviews

The story moves at a good pace and is a good read.
lindat
Reading the books in order is a must for me and has been well worth the effort involved.
mysteryfan
The people are well drawn and the plot is always intricate and interesting.
patricia berroyer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JohnnyApril on February 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the first book that I have read by Helene Tursten. I've been interested in reading more books that are considered Scandinavian and Nordic crime fiction.
This is a police procedural book with Irene Huss taking the lead in solving the murders of three men that were shot in their homes in the back of their heads. Much of the plot was digging into their background and questioning someone that seemed to be connected to the three of them, Sanna Kaegler-Ceder.
Much of the investigation lead into a big financial scandal with Sanna's company as well as a Ponzi scheme. The suspence moved further in the book for me when Irene and one of her colleagues went to France to investigate the home of two of the murder victims. Add to the tension a man that was there who was trying to stop their investigation by any means possible.
From the plot and the intersting story, I would give it four stars. I would go for five if I thought the characters were more compelling. To me, they seemed to be going through the motions of an investation. That was the reason the novel had an unexpected and flat ending.
Characters would be more compelling by their actions. Irene Huss was a jiujitsu champion but I didn't see much there. Since the book was from a third person point of view following her thoughts, the conflict with Tommy and his marriage on the rocks seemed forced. Maybe more could have been done with that.
I think if I read these books in order, I would have gotten more out of this book but I still enjoyed reading it. Prose was great and was easy to follow. I'm still going back to read the other books.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.I. on February 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
GoodReads seems to have book five under The Golden Calf and Gold Digger! No kindle and yet my pre ordered Amazon.com came through to my kindle! Dysfunction on GRs like this is too frequent. Any way to address these issues?

The book....written in 2004 and only translated 2013! Night Rounds was 1999/2012! The first three books of the Irene Huss series and the TV films are IMHO fantastic. My research shows she has at least six more to be translated.

I thoroughly enjoy reading this writer. She writes so very well that once I get started I really just want to stay within the world of the book! I enjoy Irene and her family, colleagues and the various characters of each story. They all come together and take shape well. The story was good but not exciting as the first three were. Same as with Night Rounds I am curious why these have been released in this order. Night Rounds was really book 2 but released after the first three, this then is book 5!

I am concerned that the writer seems to have chosen to write Irene Huss in REAL TIME so she is now 42 and so many of the earlier components of her life in the early books are changing already IMO too quickly. Worried, because I enjoy reading these books and curious how she will address this or if she will.

A good read but not exceptional. Wish I could rate enjoyment of reading and content of story in two separate ways and it would be four and three!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles H. Phipps on February 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Plot is well developed but the story is quickly wrapped up in an improbable scenario of some 20 pages. No prior clues and for mr the conclusion was not related to Sweden or the story itself. It appears the author got tired of the story and wanted to end it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Zbaeren on February 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I like everything this author writes she captures the cost of criminal action on both the criminal side and on the personal family basis
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy G. Cole TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
First Line: Fuzzy images from the bank's security cameras flickered across the TV screen.

Three men have been shot and killed in one of Göteborg, Sweden's most fashionable neighborhoods. All three victims have ties to the same woman (Sanna Kaegler-Ceder), but Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her colleagues are still led a merry dance through the world of the rich and shameless because Sanna seems extremely unwilling to talk about what she knows-- even when her life and the life of her infant son are at stake.

When Irene is left to dig through details of the dot-com bubble and how it burst, she also has to deal with the strange behavior of her partner and long-time friend Tommy. Irene suspects that he may be having an affair with someone else on the police force, but she certainly hopes she's wrong.

Helene Tursten's series featuring jiujitsu champion and happily married mother of twin teenage daughters Detective Inspector Irene Huss has become one of my favorite Scandinavian mystery series. As in her other books, The Golden Calf has a plot with more twists and turns than a mountain road high in the Andes, but while you're enjoying a devious storyline, there are always some characters for you to appreciate, too.

In this book, one of the suspects/potential victims, Sanna Kaegler-Ceder, is very memorable indeed. At first, she's so glamorously in shock that the reader is willing to cut her plenty of slack for her behavior. But as more is learned of her past, and when it becomes clear that there is a lot Sanna knows that could dramatically speed up the investigation, the reader's compassion quickly turns to exasperation. Why doesn't she seem to care that the life of her baby is in danger? Why doesn't she even care that her life is in danger, too?
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Golden Calf (An Irene Huss Investigation)
This item: The Golden Calf (An Irene Huss Investigation)
Price: $23.79
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com