A large part of the enjoyment of reading Detective Inspector Huss is in the relationships between the various members of the squad. In this matter Helene Tursten's book is similar in construction if not sheer quirkiness to the work of Fred Vargas, and the classic Martin Beck series. There is a quite different feel to it from those books with just two investigators.
The tradition of Holmes and Watson has meant that the almost all the best known of British police procedurals seem to have just the two main investigators e.g. Dalziel and Pascoe, Wexford and Burden, Banks and Cabbot, Morse and Lewis.
There is a much greater variation in the Nordic novels ranging from Jo Nesbo's almost solitary Harry Hole, Karin Fossum's twosome Sejer and Skarre, K.O.Dahl's Gunnarstranda and Frolich, Arnaldur Indridason's threesome Erlendur, Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli, up to the larger teams of Helene Tursten, Sjowall and Wahloo and Henning Mankell.
"An extra job that pays more than her regular job. Guess what her day job is."
Birgitta looked around among her colleague, who were following her report with interest. "Stripper," "day-care worker," "nurse" were some of the suggestions.
Birgitta laughed and shook her head.
"Wrong, wrong! Librarian!"
Everyone round the table looked disappointed. None of them had imagined such a genuinely musty occupation.
Jonny Blom whispered to Fredrik Stridh, "Ha, the driest bushes burn the best!"
I would certainly not subscribe to the opinion that librarians or libraries are musty or dull. I find both absolutely fascinating and exciting.
Is a close team working together in relative harmony a more accurate portrayal of police work than the eccentric insubordinate lone wolf ?