BE­YOND THE TRUTH

CORVUS OUT NOW TRANS­LATED BY ANNE BRUCE

Crime Scene - - POST MORTEM - BY ANNE HOLT By BARRY FOR­SHAW

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.

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