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Hanne Wilhelmsen #4

Hanne Wilhelmsen and her colleagues enter the big political scene when Norway’s Prime Minister is found shot in her office. A kleptomaniac security guard prevents them from immediately catching on to the true nature of this crime: suicide. Instead, they track down neo-nazis, political competitors and thirty year old scandals in this intelligent meditation on the nature of truth.

(Co-authored by Berit Reiss-Andersen, Holt’s under-secretary as Minister of Justice)

The Lion’s Mouth is the fourth installment in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series.


  • “[A] multifaceted mystery ... The wonder and pleasure of The Lion’s Mouth is in how Ms. Holt — Norway’s former minister of justice — weaves the strands of a political thriller, a police-procedural, a locked-room mystery and a domestic novel into a satisfying plot.”

    Wall Street Journal, US

  • “Edgar-finalist Holt’s compelling, character-driven fourth Hanne Wilhelmsen novel delivers a one-two punch /.../ Holt uses her surprising plot to highlight the nature of power and the extent to which it can corrupt.”

    Publishers Weekly, US

  • “Edgar-nominee Holt details the politics of the time, effects of Volter’s death, painstaking police work, and press coverage of the entire situation, gradually revealing some stunning secrets. A fine addition to a noteworthy series, spotlighting a politically sensitive case in the broader context of Norwegian society. A natural for Jo Nesbø readers.”

    Booklist *Starred Review*, US

  • “Within this English translation of Holt’s 1997 novel lies a twisty tale of political intrigue...a clever mystery.”

    Library Journal, US

  • “The bestselling Norwegian writer Anne Holt uses the apparatus of mainstream crime fiction in a playful fashion but writes serious books. Through her fiction, Holt, who has also served as Norway’s minister of justice, offers a severe examination of Norwegian society.”

    Financial Times, UK

  • “The Lion’s Mouth is a meticulous police procedural /.../ eclectic cast of characters”

    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

  • “A minutely thought-out mystery.”

    Die Zeit, Germany

  • “Excellent ingredients for a splendidly constructed crime story.”

    Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany

  • The Lion’s Mouth is a thrilling crime novel, as told first hand by the crisis management of an entire country.”

    Berliner Morgenpost, Germany

  • “Driven, well-written, and with a very up-to-date feel to it’s political games.”

    Amelia, Sweden

  • “Highly recommended.”

    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “Many story lines to pull apart make for Anne Holt’s best book to date. A strong psychological thriller with several dimensions and personal tragedy to boot.”

    GT, Sweden

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  • Crime
Reading material

German edition

Norwegian edition

Rights sold

Brazil, Fundamento

Czech Republic, Jota

Denmark, Gyldendal

Finland, Gummerus

Germany, Piper

Italy, Einaudi

Norway, Vigmostad & Bjørke

Poland, Proszynski

Spain, Mondadori (World Spanish)

Sweden, Piratförlaget

UK, Corvus

US, Scribner

Film rights sold

Sweden, Miso

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