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The Fire Dance (An Irene Huss Investigation) Hardcover – January 7, 2014

4.1 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
Book 6 of 7 in the Inspector Huss Series

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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

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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Product Details

  • Series: An Irene Huss Investigation (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime; Tra edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616950102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616950101
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cathy G. Cole TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2014
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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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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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"The Fire Dance" is not the best in Helen Tursten's Irene Huss series, but it does provide a solid story of an investigation that spans fifteen years, and Tursten does a fine job of keeping up to date on the lives of the people in Huss' family (even though they are, of course, fictional).

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.
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Inspector Irene Huss is one of my favorite cops, and the series of novels about her is one of my favorite mystery series. This entry, however, was a disappointment. The plot is intriguing enough, if one is willing to suspend disbelief yet again on the prevalence of criminal mania in Scandinavia. But in an incident just beyond the middle of the story, the solution to the mystery is presented to us, which takes away from the suspense of the rest of the book. Also, as another reviewer notes, Irene seems unaccountably careless in this outing, exposing herself and her daughter to unnecessary risks. On the plus side, Irene remains charmingly un-neurotic; no angst here, which is refreshing to a devotee of this genre. I will stick with Inspector Huss, but I hope the next installment moves back to the pre-"Fire Dance" level.
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Once again Irene Huss has solved another knotty case. The pacing, the characters and above all the weaving of Sami culture are all wonderful! I was impressed with the end even though I think it's not the last we will see of some of the characters. A great read!
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An Irene Huss police procedural
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
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I enjoyed this book and found it difficult to put down. I liked that it was more all about solving the mystery rather than a blow by blow description of the murder's gory details. I was particularly drawn to the book since it takes place in Sweden and my Swedish language teacher was the translator for the book.

I would highly recommend the book.
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