BEYOND THE TRUTH
CORVUS OUT NOW TRANSLATED BY ANNE BRUCE
The Stahlbergs are a rich Oslo family who find their dynasty reduced when three of them are discovered dead at their home. There’s also a fourth dead body, who isn’t a family member, and it’s down to tenacious copper Hanne Wilhelmsen to delve into the Stahlbergs’ troubled past, to identify the mystery corpse and uncover who’s behind the vicious killings. She quickly discovers that there are multiple reasons why various members of the family wanted each other dead.
For some time, the Norwegian crime queen’s novels have flown under the radar for many British readers, even confirmed fans of Nordic Noir, but that situation has now been remedied, and her remarkably consistent books are finally enjoying the attention they deserve. Beyond The Truth is one of her most assured outings.
Although Holt’s work is shot through with the social commentary that we’ve come to expect from Scandinavian crime fiction (she hardly paints a rosy picture of Norway’s urban areas and outer reaches), it’s shot through with a strain of Britishness that reflects her love of Golden Age crime. Holt’s 1222 had an isolated, Christie-style setting for its mayhem, and there are echoes of Dame Agatha in this tale of dynastic slaughter.