My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Translated from the Norwegian by Anne Bruce.
Originally written in 1995, it wasn’t until 2013 that the English translation was made.
In this instalment of the Hanne Wilhelmsen series, the recently promoted Chief Inspector finds it difficult to find her feet in a role that she finds hard to delegate, share information with her delegates and sharing responsibilities with.
The crime she is investigating is the stabbing death of Agnes Vestavik, the head of a group home for wards of the state in Oslo. Prime suspect is a 12 year old boy who is belligerent and combative to all the workers in the house and who has run away directly after the death. Slowly the puzzle is unravelled with an eye opening twist, and even Wilhelmsen is able to get both her private and work life onto some stable ground.
In the end this is a simple but enjoyable novel to while away a few hours.