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Soho’s perennially popular Swedish crime series featuring Detective Inspector Irene Huss—jiujitsu champion, mother of teenage twin girls, and investigator on Göteborg Murder Squad—is back!  Three men have been shot in one of Göteborg's most fashionable neighborhoods, sending Irene Huss and her colleagues on a goose chase through a tony world of expensive cars and fancy homSoho’s perennially popular Swedish crime series featuring Detective Inspector Irene Huss—jiujitsu champion, mother of teenage twin girls, and investigator on Göteborg Murder Squad—is back!  Three men have been shot in one of Göteborg's most fashionable neighborhoods, sending Irene Huss and her colleagues on a goose chase through a tony world of expensive cars and fancy homes. All three victims seem to be tied to one person, the glamorous dot-com darling Sanna Kaegler-Ceder, but Sanna isn’t talking, even when her own life seems to be at stake....

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The Golden Calf Reviews

  • Cathy Cole
    2019-04-14 23:41

    First Line: Fuzzy images from the bank's security cameras flickered across the TV screen. Three men have been shot and killed in one of Göteborg, Sweden's most fashionable neighborhoods. All three victims have ties to the same woman (Sanna Kaegler-Ceder), but Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her colleagues are still led a merry dance through the world of the rich and shameless because Sanna seems extremely unwilling to talk about what she knows-- even when her life and the life of her infant son are at stake. When Irene is left to dig through details of the dot-com bubble and how it burst, she also has to deal with the strange behavior of her partner and long-time friend Tommy. Irene suspects that he may be having an affair with someone else on the police force, but she certainly hopes she's wrong. Helene Tursten's series featuring jiujitsu champion and happily married mother of twin teenage daughters Detective Inspector Irene Huss has become one of my favorite Scandinavian mystery series. As in her other books, The Golden Calf has a plot with more twists and turns than a mountain road high in the Andes, but while you're enjoying a devious storyline, there are always some characters for you to appreciate, too. In this book, one of the suspects/potential victims, Sanna Kaegler-Ceder, is very memorable indeed. At first, she's so glamorously in shock that the reader is willing to cut her plenty of slack for her behavior. But as more is learned of her past, and when it becomes clear that there is a lot Sanna knows that could dramatically speed up the investigation, the reader's compassion quickly turns to exasperation. Why doesn't she seem to care that the life of her baby is in danger? Why doesn't she even care that her life is in danger, too? Sanna is the catalyst that keeps us reading until everything is revealed. But Sanna isn't the only memorable character in Helene Tursten's book. Irene Huss herself has kept me returning to this series time and again. She's tall, athletic, and a quiet, observant person who knows when to be forceful. Irene and her husband, Krister, have raised two twin girls who are just about ready to leave the nest. They're both still sane and happily married because of their priorities. Irene is the breadwinner of the family. Krister is an excellent chef who works part-time so the twins can be cared for and the house can run smoothly while Irene is working long hours on murder investigations. Irene and Krister have certain blocks of time each week that they spend just the two of them together, and those times are always greatly anticipated. Many couples should take a page out of their book.But while Irene's marriage is just as strong as ever, her partner and best friend, Tommy, isn't so lucky. Watching Irene as Tommy's troubles start coming to her attention, as she begins "gathering evidence" before she talks with him, and the final confrontation and its aftermath... watching this long-standing friendship sort itself out through a difficult stretch is every bit as comforting as once again experiencing the love and domesticity of Irene and Krister's marriage.Helene Tursten knows how to write deftly plotted police procedurals that have characters that live and breathe on the page. Whenever I need a bit of a Scandinavian crime fix, it's always a pleasure to turn to Detective Inspector Irene Huss.

  • Michael Quillin
    2019-04-05 15:38

    Complex plot and solutions with enough happening in personal lives of characters to keep things interesting.

  • Nancy Oakes
    2019-04-18 16:07

    Well, here we are at book six in the Irene Huss series(fifth to be translated), and I have to say I'm a wee bit disappointed, most decidedly because of the ending. Up to that point, the author had me hanging on to the story's every word and then out of nowhere comes this ending that did not at all fit.Together with friend and partner Tommy Persson, Detective Inspector Irene Huss is on the scene of a particularly brutal murder in a magnificent home overlooking the bay. The dead man is Kjell Bengtsson Ceder, a restauranteur who is also in the hotel business. Shot at point-blank range, he leaves behind a beautiful young wife, Sanna, and a baby. Kjell's name has come up with the police before in connection with a tragic boating accident which led to the death of his first wife. There is enough to link the killing of Ceder with a double homicide under investigation as well as to another unsolved missing persons case the police have already worked on. When the detectives put their heads together, the common denominator of all of these incidents turns out to be Sanna, via an earlier IT business that crashed when the bubble burst. The problem is that Sanna is not being exactly up front with the police, and nothing the detectives do can persuade her to tell all she knows. Hopefully, the police will be able to convince her before someone else is found dead.Aside from the already-known crew of detectives and Huss' family, Tursten has done an especially fine job in building the key player Sanna. She comes across as a spoiled, pampered, newly-rich but clueless person, and her character remains consistent throughout the book. Another quality I admired in this novel was the pacing. It was plotted carefully so as to continue to add layer upon layer of suspense, so that the reader is very much drawn into the story and can't wait to find out all of the answers and get to the big reveal. At that point is where I started having problems. Here I am, majorly invested in this story, and it all goes a bit sideways with the rather (imho) flimsy ending that I thought sort of came out of left field. The ride was both fun and kept me completely involved while it lasted, but really, I think she could have done much better in bringing the mysteries to a close.The book is being well received by many readers, with many 4 and 5 star ratings, and had the ending been stronger, I probably would have rated it up there as well. As happy as I am that Soho Crime is publishing Tursten's previously-untranslated novels, Helene Tursten's work is so much better than this book might acknowledge. I would love to see her get back to that same level of intensity that gave me so much pleasure in the first three translated novels -- Detective Inspector Huss, The Torso, and The Glass Devil.

  • Greg
    2019-04-17 15:51

    A wealthy restaurateur is discovered dead by his wife. When Detective Irene Huss investigates with her partner the wife seems a possible suspect, since she seems to be holding back some important information. Then more victims of homicide show up in a nearby town and they discover that all of the victims have some common business relationships. As the team digs deeper they find that there are some hidden, dark secrets that they just cannot uncover. The clues stretch from Sweden to London and Paris and it will take all of their skills to stay alive as well as solve the mystery.Helene Tursten is a magnificent mystery writer and "The Golden Calf" is a great example of storytelling and suspence in a police investigation.

  • Barbpie
    2019-03-22 18:59

    Irene Huss is stumped by the case of a serial murderer who is focusing on a small group of dot com business people, shooting them twice in the head and once in the stomach with an antique “ladies” pistol. Her boss, Sven, agrees to send Irene and her collegue to Paris for the day to search two of the victims’ apartment, but their fun is spoiled when Irene’s colleague gets a nasty bump on the head and ends up in the hospital. Oh, and some of the victims receive severed fingers in the mail. Sadly, there is very little mention of Irene’s husband and her twins in the Golden Calf.

  • Lane
    2019-04-08 17:01

    Whew! The first 1/3 - 1/2 of this book was so complicated, that I had to stop and write down names and the companies they worked for and draw lines for their relationships from the past and in the present. Plus lots of financial information. But the story was intriguing and I found it like solving a puzzle.The last portion of the book didn't add so many new elements, so it was easier to keep straight. I enjoy the dynamics among the detectives, led by the irascible, wheezing Andersson. Tursten provides a rich subplot with the daily details of their lives, their relationships and their problems are very easy to identify with.The actual mystery was complicated, as I've said--victims from Britain, Sweden, France, two or three different corporations, associations through marriage, an unusual couple with a child of curious parenthood--but the book did provide ways to follow the leads and while I didn't guess the solution, it was appropriate and satisfying. A good read.

  • Dayna
    2019-04-07 19:45

    The further I read into the series, the more I suspect the author is getting tired. The one-shot (& even some of the recurring) characters are annoying enough for me to wish they had been denied police protection. The tie-ins were like 'Hail Mary' passes: rushed & hopeful that 1 play would make up for all the rubbish ones. The FBI agent seemed an appeal to Oprah's Book Club; for a while, many authors wagered that the anachronistic appearance of a magical African-American would get their works considered. The only saving grace of this novel was Sammie: who would have guessed that the normally lazy glutton could be a true badass?

  • Genevieve
    2019-04-09 23:55

    One of those deus ex machina endings that I am not a fan of. Though I enjoyed it up to that point.

  • Emma
    2019-03-28 19:07

    ¡Me gustó mucho! Una trama interesante, personajes intensos y sucesos que se entrelazan entre sí con sentido. ¡Más reseña en el blog!

  • John Withers
    2019-03-23 19:05

    An entertaining read but more than a bit anticlimactic

  • Lois
    2019-04-14 22:55

    Again, a good solid mystery

  • Andrea
    2019-04-03 19:02

    While Nordic, not nearly noir enough

  • Cheryle Fisher
    2019-04-14 16:55

    This author continues to write very readable and interesting police procedurals set in Sweden. One of the best in my estimation.

  • Susan Gaska
    2019-03-24 15:43

    I like this series, but this one has too many twists and turns.

  • Susan Rothenberg
    2019-04-06 16:47

    A good mystery that provided a break from more serious fiction.

  • Laura
    2019-04-12 23:03

    Once I got into this, I could hardly put it down. This story casts a pretty wide net - there is a large, complicated pool of suspects from around the globe. It's action-packed and moves pretty quick. And the characters are fully developed and believable.I like the Goteberg police team, and Huss is a likeable and easy to relate to protagonist. At times, I love her humanity (like the disappointment and confusion over a colleague's divorce), but at other times I felt like there was a little too much detail. This isn't a cozy - why all the attention to food? Every meal is described in incredible detail. I know that Huss' husband is a chef, but still - it's a bit heavy handed. Overall, this was an enjoyable read that is part of a strong series but easily stands on its own.

  • Kinsey Underbrink
    2019-04-07 22:08

    kept me reading until the very end! However, I thought it was kind of lame that some American FBI agent comes in and sums things up so nicely. it just seemed like too clean of a wrap up.

  • Raven
    2019-03-23 16:54

    Despite my passion for Scandinavian crime fiction I am ashamed to admit that Helene Tursten is an author I have not read before, and on reading this, the fifth in the series, I will certainly be catching up on the other four! With all the essential ingredients of a compelling Scandi crime thriller, but with an altogether lighter feel than some of the other established authors, Tursten weaves a finely crafted police procedural with the incredibly likeable DI Huss at the centre. Huss has a great balance of intelligence and dogged determination suffused with a ready wit and a natural empathy with those she encounters in her professional life. The rapport with herself and her police partner Tommy adds a nice touch to the book, as this investigation proves to be a thorny and emotional one with more than one damaged victim along the way. The characterisation throughout is good and I particularly liked that the central suspect, Sanna, was so completely infuriating and annoying, that I relished every harsh interrogation of her at the hands of Irene and Tommy. I found the storyline involving Annika Hermansson, interviewed by Irene in conjunction with the investigation, particularly heartfelt arousing my sympathy for her and the tragic nature of her life. The plot is quite convulated with the overlapping murder investigations, and for me, a more than necessary amount of the workings and dark shennanigans of the business world which does become a little tedious in its factual detail as Huss herself struggles with the intricacies of the financial world. However, in the overall scheme of the book this is just a minor irritation as the plot moves along at a steady place with the story pivoting between Europe and America. As I said at the beginning despite the violence of the central murders, there is a natural humour to the book, lightening the mood and I found this to be refreshingly different from other authors within the Scandinavian crime genre and definitely an author to catch up on…

  • Hans
    2019-04-19 20:47

    GoodReads crashed and failed to save my I'll try this again, but you're getting the less-formatted version:1) Favorite part of series is seeing the day-to-day interactions with Irene Huss' family and coworkers. This was strongest in the first book in the series. Books 2-4 had Inspector Huss more on solo cases or cases that did not involve her whole department, so we saw more of her home life than the lives of her colleagues. This fifth book shifts away from the family and back to the interactions with her colleagues. The interactions and relationships are the heart of this book series.2) The actual case to solve is less interesting (view spoiler)[and so complex that a ridiculously statuesque African American FBI agent has to appear in the last few chapters to debrief the Swedes on what actually happened. The bright spot in this weak close is that Irene learns that her boss is trying to work on his English skills, so he can better converse with the English widow that he was set up with a book or two ago. (hide spoiler)]3) Nicely done, translator Laura A. Wideburg. Nicely done. "With a gentle hiss, a state-of-the art elevator lifted Tommy and Irene to Kjell B:son Ceder's apartment..." The Swedish word for "elevator" is "hiss," so this is a nice translation Easter egg.4) "The obligatory Thursday pea soup with pancakes was always a favorite. Perhaps a little more thyme in the soup would have been nice, but there was no need to be petty. Tommy probably didn't even notice that the soup was lacking as far as herbs were concerned. He was gesturing wildly with his soup spoon to emphasize his points. Irene noticed a drop of mustard fly off the spoon and land on the paper tablecloth." We missed our chance for pea soup and pancakes on our trip this summer. Next time.

  • Kb
    2019-04-13 22:08

    More 3.5 stars than 4. For those familiar with the series, this book has much less family involvement and life outside of work, and concentrates a lot more on the investigation and police work. In terms of the personal lives of characters, however, we learn more about Irene Huss's closest colleague, Tommy Persson, and ongoing developments in his family life.The story revolves around the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s and its consequences. The players are mainly spoiled or entitled rich people, most of whom are part of the same small circle. Like other reviewers I was let down by the ending, which seemed more geared to a television audience, with an FBI Special Agent swooping in to tie up all the loose ends. Then again, the resolution was so lacklustre that perhaps the late introduction of an exotic foreigner was necessary in order to make it more palatable.That being said, the book was engaging and kept me reading until the finish, which is more than I can say for some Scandinavian mysteries (Ake Edwardson's "Frozen Tracks" being the most recent). The translation was not too bad, though it really irked me that what was obviously meant to be an elastic band had been translated as "stretchy band". Really? The translator couldn't pick up the correct translation from context? I could and I hadn't even seen the original Swedish.And speaking of Scandinavian mysteries, there is a paragraph or so in this book that talks about Irene Huss "kicking the hornet's nest", and a previous novel in this series prominently features a dragon tattoo as a significant clue. I'm not sure if these are coincidences, or if Stieg Larsson was creating a conscious homage to these books when he wrote his trilogy. (Then again, the English titles were not chosen by the author, so perhaps it's just a coincidence after all.)

  • Sharon
    2019-04-11 22:05

    GoodReads seems to have book five under The Golden Calf and Gold Digger! No kindle and yet my pre ordered came through to my kindle! Dysfunction on GRs like this is too frequent. Any way to address these issues?The book....written in 2004 and only translated 2013! Night Rounds was 1999/2012! The first three books of the Irene Huss series and the TV films are IMHO fantastic. My research shows she has at least six more to be translated.I thoroughly enjoy reading this writer. She writes so very well that once I get started I really just want to stay within the world of the book! I enjoy Irene and her family, colleagues and the various characters of each story. They all come together and take shape well. The story was good but not exciting as the first three were. Same as with Night Rounds I am curious why these have been released in this order. Night Rounds was really book 2 but released after the first three, this then is book 5!I am concerned that the writer seems to have chosen to write Irene Huss in REAL TIME so she is now 42 and so many of the earlier components of her life in the early books are changing already IMO too quickly. Worried, because I enjoy reading these books and curious how she will address this or if she will.A good read but not exceptional. Wish I could rate enjoyment of reading and content of story in two separate ways and it would be four and three!

  • Jennifer Fu
    2019-04-03 20:06

    A suspenseful murder mystery. I really enjoyed the depth of Tursten's characters and twists and turns in the plot lines. Every chapter unveiled more details in Detective Huss's homicide case that made the prospect of pinning down the suspect seem even more impossible as more characters and their motives are called into question. The cast of characters--ranging from investment bankers, a wealthy heiress, software developers, and mafia family members-- showcase the worst that can happen when greed and dishonesty take over in their search for wealth, which in the end they really don't find. I think Tursten aims to show us that the search for money isn't what leads one to happiness and fulfillment. To makes it even more interesting Tursten throws in the workplace gossip that takes place at the police station as if you were a colleague of Det. Huss. Tursten takes the audience through the types of questions must be asked during investigations and the detective's line of thinking. Apparently Tursten was once a nurse before becoming a novelist and having worked as a nurse I can identify portions of this book where Tursten must have applied her critical thinking skills to write this novel. In some ways a nurse is so much like a detective in that she must identify the problems her patient is experiencing and ask critical questions and pull together bits and pieces of evidence to draw a complete picture of the situation. Definitely an exciting read.

  • Jim Nolt
    2019-03-27 21:39

    Once again (this is the fifth in Helene Tursten's Irene Huss series), the detectives in Gothenburg's Violent Crimes Unit are called upon to investigate another brutal murder. This time the victim is a wealthy restaurant owner who leaves behind a widow (Sanna) who is quite unwilling to answer questions... even after additional men, all known to Sanna, turn up dead. Although Huss and her colleagues are rather sure Sanna didn't actually commit the crimes, they are convinced she knows more than she is willing to tell.In the past I was quite pleased with Tursten's stories, but this time I felt a tad disappointed. First off, the plot was confusing to me; I had a difficult time remembering who was related to whom and to what extent the different characters had business dealings. Second, I was disappointed that Tursten didn't bring Irene's family into the story so much this time around. From reading the first four books, I am just as interested in her family as I am in the crimes she investigates. Alas, Krister and the twins were hardly mentioned this time. But even though I can't give this story as high a rating as the previous four, it was surely enjoyable, and there is no doubt I will continue with the series.

  • Carla
    2019-04-17 17:08

    I enjoyed this book thoroughly - liked the characters and the writing style. But the ending was extremely disappointing. An inspector from the US walks in and tells them what happened......the last 20 pages or so, fell completely flat for me.from Booklist:A grisly turn of events galvanizes the Göteborg, Sweden, police force in this fifth entry in Tursten’s crackerjack series featuring Detective Inspector Irene Huss. As the novel opens, a wealthy restaurateur is found shot in the head in his opulent home. His wife, Senna, who discovered the body, arouses suspicion from the start. Detective Huss is certain she’s lying, but why? Soon after, Huss is called to the scene of the double homicide of two gentlemen in exactly the same way that the restauranteur was killed. Turns out, Senna and the victims were principals in an Internet start-up that went boom and then bust. The mystery deepens when the body of a fourth partner, who’s been missing for several years, is found in a nearby lake. Detective Huss has many questions for Senna, who is growing shiftier by the day. Among them: Who is really the father of her infant son? Compelling characters and steady suspense make this a fine Nordic crime novel in the spirit of Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum.

  • Gloria Feit
    2019-04-15 19:05

    It is really refreshing to read a Scandinavian police procedural that is a straightforward investigation of a crime or murder, peopled by uncomplicated detectives. Such is this novel, the fifth in the Detective Inspector Irene Huss mystery series, which begins with one murder and is followed by more which eventually prove to be related. The first victim is a wealthy restaurateur, found by his wife with two bullet wounds in his head. Another three murdered persons are found with the same wounds. The only thing apparent initially is the first victim’s wife, who also was a business associate in a dot-com venture with the three later victims. The question immediately arises, is she the murderer or possibly the next victim. And the plot unfolds.Huss is a complex character, competent detective, mother of twins, and wife of a celebrated chef. The author painstakingly creates a satisfying police procedural, weaving together a believable story woven from a set of facts that are derived from a combination of financial fraud, organized crime and just plain human emotions. It is written simply and translated well, and is recommended.

  • Erin
    2019-04-04 22:50

    This book is an exciting thriller that was hard to put down. There were so many twists and turns that I was glued to the pages, eager to find out what happens next. What begins as a murder of a very wealthy restaurant owner spirals into a much bigger plot, where this first murder was only a small piece of the puzzle. When you think you have an idea about who might be behind the killings, something else happens and makes you target someone else. The author did a great job in making sure all of the questions were answered at the very end, one of those "Ohhhhh" moments!I really enjoyed the characters, especially Irene. She is a very dedicated agent and isn't afraid to stick her nose into places she shouldn't be. Irene is keen on being able to detect when a person is lying and is very good at being able to connect with people on a genuine level. It was very easy to become fully immersed in this book and I would enjoy reading another of this author's books, since this was the first book I read by her.I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-02 15:49

    Finished today because I had a sick day. Once again, enjoyed it - though did find the translation clumsy in one or two places. This one had the police of four nations cooperating, all in shaky English: Sweden, London, Paris, and the FBI shows up at the end to explain it all. And that's what I found frustrating with this one: the deux ex machina appearance of the FBI to put all the pieces togetherFirst, an exceedingly wealthy man is killed - point blank in the head, two bullets - and within a day there is a second set of murders that match the first. The trail leads through an astonishingly uncommunicative wife finally to Paris - where Irene and her colleague get a bit roughed up as they investigate. It has it's sadness -- though the main story makes you feel none of the victims were worth mourning much: all swindlers of one sort or another, attempting and failing at high finance. There's a little bit of love and friendship, and the changing nature of the police force.

  • Ann Sloan
    2019-04-13 20:56

    The twisted crimes Huss investigated in the previous books began to irritate me. It felt that each book in the series might be an entry of the encyclopedia of sex crimes. But, with this new book, I missed that theme. This book was predictable, with a deus ex machina ending. That the complicated, interwoven mystery could be wrapped in one stroke by a (stereotyped) black, female FBI agent was forced and totally out of place. What was the point of all the trips to Paris and elsewhere when the FBI could step in and tie it all up in one scene? A call to the FBI in the first chapter would have made the whole book unnecessary.Speaking of out of place, the subplot with the woman, her son, and the mystery father felt cut and pasted. Keeping the resolution of this thread raises the question – is this a setup for the next book?I didn’t find the plot compelling or the ending satisfactory. Here’s hoping Tursten does better next time.

  • Ron
    2019-03-26 19:59

    Not one of the grand Nordic practitioners of gritty crime fiction. It might be a clumsy translation, but the story itself is flat, as well as the characters. The resolution to the murders is explained to the Swedish cops by an American FBI agent who has been tracking the underlying financial shenanigans for some years. The Swedes helped work out some details, but it is the deus ex machina American--a statuesque black woman to boot–-who has to tie it all up. It has something to do with the Mafia investing in high tech startups, taking a bath in the dot-com bubble burst, and then squeezing the poor larcenous Swedish lads and lasses for make good on the dough they lost.My one and only Helene Tursten. Lifted from my sister-in-law this summer, and it goes straight to the give-away pile.I hope to remember how poorly it was written, so I can avoid the author in the future should I ever stumble upon another one by her.

  • Jim
    2019-04-09 20:51

    Göteburg’s Inspector Irene Huss finds herself investigating a complicated case with multiple murders. Sanna Kaegler’s husband has been killed and she doesn’t seem all that upset about it. Sanna made her fortune during the .com boom as a partner in a company called, a company with a less than stellar reputation. As Huss follows the leads, more people are murdered and the connecting factor seems to be linked to some shady businesses with at the center. She can see connections, but not who is behind the crimes or why.THE GOLDEN CALF is a fast paced police procedural mystery that gets it right. The police interview friends, relatives, neighbors, and business associates to develop suspects and evaluate their alibis and motives in a plausible and entertaining story.