Hanne Wilhelmsen #9
A bomb goes off in the Islamic Council’s building in Oslo, killing several of the Council’s members. The Police and Security Service suspect an Islamist organization to be behind the attack; a feeling that only grows stronger when yet another, bigger explosion rocks the capital.
After years on the outside, Hanne Wilhelmsen is back among the Oslo police. As a special adviser she has no official ties to the Security Service, but after the attack she’s approached by an old friend, Billy T, whose son has undergone some disturbing changes as of late. As she tries to help Billy, the mood of the city takes a turn for the dangerous, and Hanne realizes that Oslo is facing a far greater threat than they have ever seen before.
Offline is the ninth and penultimate book in Anne Holt’s series about Hanne Wilhelmsen.
“Outstanding /…/ Holt sheds a vital humane light on one of today’s most lethal social problems. ”
“An outrageously suspenseful novel that skillfully reflects the reality we now live in”
“[Anne Holt] once again proves why she is such a popular crime fiction author. She pinpoints the fears of contemporary society without oversimplifying.”
“An irresistible combination of a heated race against time in the bomb story plot line, and a slower paced cold case story. I read it all in one sitting and luxuriate in how Holt cleverly ties all the threads together, brings her rich gallery of characters to life, and deals with the difficult issues of our time.”
“Holt is a master of the genre. Besides maintaining the suspense all the way through, she manages to include so much more. In addition to the main characters’ complexity – here enriched with a fascinating newcomer to the police force – she manages to write about xenophobia and extremism in a way that upsets and concerns, but leaves you with a balanced picture of the issues.”
“Anne Holt is back with a Hanne Wilhelmsen crime novel – and she delivers. /…/ It’s been a long time since I’ve read a more beautiful and elegant opening in a crime novel. /…/ With Offline, Holt presents a piece of high quality crime fiction art.”
“Anne Holt’s new novel is an exhilarating new encounter with Hanne Wilhelmsen. With important political overtones. /…/ Anne Holt’s Offline not only runs smoothly: it’s a high-speed train. /…/ The geometry of the narrative is impeccable. /…/ In an era where crime literature is often criticized for being trivial and irrelevant, Hanne Wilhelmsen is a welcome alternative to many conventional anti heroes.”
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