When Richard von Knecht falls from the fifth floor balcony of his luxurious apartment his wife Sylvia and son Henrik are unfortunately on the pavement below.
'Aristocratic family, and wealthy. Talented businessman, stock market speculator, and one of Goteborg's biggest celebrities.'
Of course it turns out that Richard was pushed and Detective Superintendent Sven Andersson and his varied team begin a thorough investigation. Detective Inspector Irene Huss mother of teenage twins, wife, judo and handball expert is the main protagonist and most of the interest in this excellent police procedural is in how Irene reacts to the various problems around her.
There are contrasts between Goteborg's beautiful people who have Carl Larsen paintings in the stairwell of their apartment block and a Haupt bureau in the library, and hard working cops like Irene Huss who have IKEA furniture in their more modest accommodations.
The investigation digs up unpleasant details about the wealthy von Knecht family and when Richard's office is blown up it is obvious that there is more to this than a family quarrel.
As the investigation proceeds Jenny Irene's daughter shaves her head and flirts with neo- Nazism; Detective Birgitta Moberg faces the problem of sexual harassment; Detective Tommy Persson tells a particularly moving story, and Superintendent Andersson makes inappropriate comments to the reticent and enigmatic Finnish detective Hannu Rauhala.
Sweden's social democratic utopia has become even more flawed than in the Sjowall and Wahloo era.
Helene Tursten just gives the reader the story of a police investigation with its teamwork, disappointments, stresses and antagonisms as the detectives work their way systematically to a solution of the crimes.
"Keep in touch with pathology and contact me as soon as the forensic odontologists are done with their examination."
He looked round and his gaze fell upon Hans Borg, who true to habit was sitting dozing in his chair.
This book is a very enjoyable read and certainly an encouragement to read more about Irene Huss and her family.