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The Fire Dance (An Irene Huss Investigation) Hardcover – January 7, 2014
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"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"[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."
"[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."
"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."
"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
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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.
In "Fire Dance," the young girl Irene Huss thought responsible for the death of a man in a fire fifteen years earlier goes missing. When Sophie's badly burned body is discovered in a burned-out shed three weeks later, Huss must re-investigate the old fire to determine how it relates to to this current murder and determine if the same person was responsible for both.
Tursten's story, although it moves along well, didn't make me anxious to return each time I needed to put it down. As I generally enjoy the characters, setting, and plots, though, I will continue with the series and look forward to reading "The Beige Man" soon.
The story begins with a fire.. a house burns down and the father of the house dies in the fire. Was it arson or a natural fire caused by the father's drinking and smoking in bed? If arson... who set it? The police try to question Sophie (age 11) but Sophie shows no response at all. It is ruled an accident.
Years later, Sophie is murdered - her body set on fire. Irene believes the 2 incidents are connected. Soophie had become a dancer - a choreographer. Her new dance was set to open ... The Fire Dance. Irene learns that Sophies best way of communicating was through dance.
Sophies' family and people she worked with are all researched = their characters well developed and portrayed
Not to mention Irene's own family - besides the life of a detective she is also a wife, mother of 2 teen aged girls - and an aging dog
A really good book
I would highly recommend the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read other books by Thursten that I enjoyed but this one just dragged along for way too long.Published 14 hours ago by S. B. Butler
Another interesting twisted spell binding tale. Irene is like a pit bull refusing to let go until she finally understands. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas E. Scott
This, like all Tursten's mysteries is a very good read. She is becoming one of my favorite mystery writers. Enough suspense without being unrealistic. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Morgen
I have enjoyed all the Inspector Huss books and hope there are more to come.You feel like you have come to know the characters and the stories are quite gripping.Published 8 months ago by Robert Nash
I ENJOYED HELENE TURSTENS NOVELS AND THIS ONE IS EXCELLENT. NO WILD ACTION, JUST HARD DRIVING METHODICAL POLICE WORK.Published 11 months ago by KENNETH R. TREIBER
Not her best effort. I figured it out when the character was first introduced. Not so with the first 5 booksPublished 12 months ago by Kimberly
Hursten writes well, but the plots are so,ewhat linear and predictible.Published 13 months ago by laura Espondaburu