Detective Inspector Irene Huss hasn’t seen Sophie Malmborg for over fifteen years, but she’s still haunted by the strange young ballerina’s role in the fire that killed her stepfather. Why had she refused to speak to Irene and the other case workers? Could an eleven-year-old—even one as disturbed and aloof as Sophie—truly be capable of setting her own house on fire?
Irene’s questions resurface when Sophie, now a young adult, disappears, and the charred remains of a dancer are found in an abandoned warehouse. Irene has a startling realization that could shed light on the case that has been lingering in the back of her mind since the beginning of her career.
From the Hardcover edition.
About The Fire Dance
In this sixth installment in the critically acclaimed Swedish crime series, the murder of a young ballerina named Sophie, apparently an arson victim, sets off shrill alarm bells for Detective Inspector Irene Huss, who remembers the matching details of an unsolved case from fifteen years earlier, when Irene had only just started in the police force. The stepfather of the then eight-year-old Sophie has been murdered in a very similar way, and at the time the girl herself had been under suspicions. The circumstances force Irene and her colleagues to confront an uncomfortable question: can a child be responsible for the cold-blooded murder of an adult? The case awakens vivid memories that take the reader back to Irene’s days as a young police officer.
“A strong mystery and an interesting setting . . . Readers will also find it entertaining to read about life in Sweden, which is not so foreign that outsiders can’t relate.” —Romantic Times Book Reviews
“As in the previous five installments in the series, Irene juggles her police duties with family life . . . But she prevails somehow in both roles. At the same time, [Tursten] manages to move a crime story forward subtly with panache. Recommended.” —Spinetingler Magazine
“Fans will enjoy the details of Huss’s early career and her continuing family saga . . . Readers of Anne Holt or Mari Jungstedt will enjoy this installment.” —Library Journal
“Series fans should enjoy glimpsing her [Inspector Irene Huss] early days on the force and seeing her 18-year-old daughter, Katarina, find a passion for dance.” —Publishers Weekly
“Irene juggles her police duties with family life, her gourmet chef husband and twin daughters who now exhibit minds of their own in relation to their interests and boyfriends . . . But she prevails somehow in both roles. At the same time, the author manages to move a crime story forward subtly with panache. Recommended.” —Midwest Book Review
“[The Fire Dance] slices realistically into and out of Huss’s professional and personal lives. Not everything is wrapped up neatly by the end . . . mak[ing] the reader both wonder about and anticipate the next installment. This is a great series, the audience for which hopefully will grow exponentially with each subsequent release.” —Book Reporter
“[Fire and] family secrets are at the core of this intriguing mystery [whose] subtle, clever plot development that makes you realize there’s complexity . . . that will surface as the investigation proceeds.” —BookLoons
“[Is The Fire Dance] good? You bet it is, especially due to the strong cast of characters Tursten has created—and those characters have more than one surprise in store for readers like me who have followed this series from the start.” —Kittling Books “For those who enjoy solid police procedurals with a personal twist.” —Scandinavian Crime Fiction
Praise for the Irene Huss series
“As good as Louise Welsh’s similarly creepy tour of Glasgow.” —Entertainment Weekly
“These days Scandinavian crime writers are thick on the ground. It’s nice to see that the women can be just as bloodthirsty as the men.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[Tursten] imbues this novel with a cold chill of dread that can’t be attributed only to the subfreezing temperatures of Göteborg in winter.” —Chicago Sun Times