by Anne Holt
If you're a fan of Norwegian crime novels, Anne Holt's Hanne Wilhelmsen is a character that you'll want to get to know. Only recently translated (but first published in 1993), Blind Goddess is the first book featuring this tough detective in the Oslo Police Department. (This one takes place many years before 1222, which was translated last year). Drugs, lawyers, codes and murders all add up to a perplexing series of connections for Wilhelmsen and her police lawyer colleague Hakon Sand. I liked that there were no easy answers in this book (it takes place between September and December), and the twisting road to the truth of high level corruption was fast paced and interesting. I look forward to seeing more of Holt's books in translation.