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No echo : a Hanne Wilhelmsen novel
Holt, Anne, 1958- author.
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Uten ekko. English
First Scribner hardcover edition.
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New York : Scribner, 2016.

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323 pages ; 24 cm.
When a popular celebrity chef is found murdered on the steps of the Oslo police headquarters, police investigator Billy T. and long-absent Hanne Wilhelmsen team up for an investigation that reveals that few people really knew the victim or his mysterious activities.
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When one of Oslo's hottest celebrity chefs is murdered, Hanne Wilhelmsen is called back into action in the sixth installment of the award-winning series from Norway's #1 bestselling female crime writer.

On a cold December evening, celebrity chef Brede Ziegler is discovered stabbed to death on the steps of Oslo's police headquarters, sending a shock wave through the city's hip in-crowd. Chef Ziegler had many famous associates and more than a few enemies among them. Was his murder a random act of violence or did someone want him dead? Police investigator Billy T. is stymied by conflicting information about the kind of man Ziegler was. It seems nobody really knew him: not his glamorous wife, his business partner, nor the editor of his memoir-in-progress. The case is hopeless until Hanne Wilhelmsen returns to Oslo after a six-month stay in Italy and teams up with Billy T. Working together, they are pulled deep into the nefarious world inhabited by Ziegler. Was he at all the chef he claimed to be? And can those who knew him be trusted?

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Booklist Review

This sixth Hanne Wilhelmsen novel (following Dead Joker, 2016) is a nearly pitch-perfect procedural layered over a moving exploration of rejection and abandonment. Oslo's hottest celebrity chef, Brede Ziegler, is left on the police station's steps with a butcher knife thrust in his chest. Chief Inspector Billy T. leads the investigation, which is a disaster from the start. Ziegler, egotistical and likely sociopathic, was widely despised. Billy T.'s team easily hauls in a parade of likely killers, but none of them can be implicated by solid evidence. Then Wilhelmsen returns to Oslo after months of self-exile spent grieving over her domestic partner's death and jolts the faltering investigation further. Billy T., furious over her callous abandonment, refuses to acknowledge her presence. Alienated from the team, Hanne follows her own path, instinctively trailing the killer through the investigation's loose threads. Tragedy serves as a catalyst as Hanne drops walls and reluctantly acknowledges her failures, forges new romantic ground, and develops an oddly sound friendship with a junkie prostitute connected to the case.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2016 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Edgar-finalist Holt's impressive second collaboration with Reiss-Andersen, the sixth in Holt's Hanne Wilhelmsen series (after Dead Joker), explores a crucial episode in the life of her talented Oslo police detective, who's emotionally crippled by feelings of guilt that she uses to keep people away and conceal her real self. By the time an elite chef is found stabbed to death in Oslo, Hanne has been living for six months in a run-down monastery hotel near Verona, Italy, recovering from the death of her lover of nearly 20 years, Cecilie Vibe. Hanne's police team, now led by the colorful and conflicted Billy T., wishes Hanne, with all her idiosyncrasies, were back. Arriving in Oslo, fresh from meeting a Turkish mathematics professor who becomes Hanne's new lover, Hanne begins uncovering unpalatable secrets. Transcripts of witness statements alternate with Holt's penetrating psychological analysis of human desires, weaknesses, and essential decency, unveiling unexpected dimensions of her series characters. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.