Død joker

Død joker Dead Joker

Hanne Wilhelmsen #5

This is the most complex of the Hanne Wilhelmsen books, displaying a conspiracy of the most spectacular kind. It begins with a brutal murder in the home of the Chief Attorney which leads Wilhelmsen to a paedophiliac ring. It also shows Hanne Wilhelmsen at a turning point in her life, when her life-long partner Cecilie falls terminally ill: is the truth worth chasing at all costs?

Dead Joker is the fifth installment in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series.


  • “Nuanced characters and a strong sense of place make for an immersive tale that packs an emotional punch and offers incisive commentary on the failings of the criminal justice system.”

    Publishers Weekly, US

  • “The pacing is leisurely, especially for a Scandinavian thriller, but the character development is the main appeal here. This latest in Holt’s long-running series remains an ideal read-alike for fans of Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole and Karin Fossum’s Inspector Sejer.”

    Booklist, US

  • “As usual, Anne Holt treats us to a hair-raising and cleverly constructed plot, so rich with exciting moments that she completely defends her reputation as the first of crime in Scandinavia.”

    Blekinge Läns Tidning, Sweden

  • “Anne Holt’s best novel”

    Verdens Gang, Norway

Anne Holt
  • Crime
Reading material

Norwegian edition

English edition

Rights sold

Denmark, Modtryk

Finland, Gummerus

Germany, Atrium

Italy, Einaudi

Korea, Minumsa

Netherlands, House of Books

Norway, Vigmostad & Bjørke

Poland, Proszynski

Spain, Mondadori (World Spanish)

Sweden, Piratförlaget

UK, Corvus

US, Scribner

Film rights sold

Sweden, Nordic Drama Queens / Amazon

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