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Chief Prosecutor Sigurd Halvorsrud's wife is found dead in front of the fireplace in the family living room. The cause of death is instantly apparent - she has been brutally decapitated. Halvorsrud immediately falls under suspicion.

Then a journalist at one of Oslo's largest newspapers is found beheaded. What links these two horrifically violent crimes? Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is called in to lead the investigation with her old colleague, Billy T.

But the most demanding task that Hanne Wilhelmsen has ever faced in her career clashes with the worst crisis in her personal life. Cecilie, the woman she lived with for almost 20 years, is seriously ill.

Wilhelmsen must ask herself: is the truth worth chasing at all costs?

©1999 Anne Holt, English translation © Anne Bruce, 2015 (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Carole
  • 04-15-17

Interesting book, very annoying narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend the book: it's interesting and well written. The narration, however, brings it down.The narrator, an actress, is good on dialogue, tho she adopts a rather strange 'foreign' accent for one main character who is the same nationality as all the others. The narration, however, is frequently chanted, with odd intonations and pauses as if she isn't really paying attention to the meaning. This spoils what would otherwise be a five star book, and puts me off buying others in the series by the same narrator

What aspect of Anna Bentinck’s performance might you have changed?

The narration (as opposed to the dialogue): see above