Blind Goddess by Anne Holt
(Hanne Wilhelmsen Novels, Book 1)

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THE FIRST BOOK IN EDGAR-NOMINATED ANNE HOLT’S INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING MYSTERY SERIES FEATURING DETECTIVE HANNE WILHELMSEN, LAST SEEN IN 1222

 A small-time drug dealer is found battered to death on the outskirts of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. A young Dutchman, walking aimlessly in central Oslo covered in blood, is taken into custody but refuses to talk. When he is informed that the woman who discovered the body, Karen Borg, is a lawyer, he demands her as his defender, although her specialty is civil, not criminal, law. A couple of days later, Hansa Larsen, a lawyer of the shadiest kind, is found shot to death. Soon police officers Håkon Sand and Hanne Wilhelmsen establish a link between the two killings. They also find a coded message hidden in the murdered lawyer’s apartment. Their maverick colleague in the drugs squad, Billy T., reports that a recent rumor in the drug underworld involves drug-dealing lawyers. Now the reason why the young Dutchman insisted on having Karen Borg as a defender slowly dawns on them: since she was the one to find and report the body, she is the only Oslo lawyer that cannot be implicated in the crime. As the officers investigate, they uncover a massive network of corruption leading to the highest levels of government. As their lives are threatened, Hanne and her colleagues must find the killer and, in the process, bring the lies and deception out into the open.
 

About Anne Holt

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Anne Holt, acclaimed author of the Hanne Wilhelmsen mysteries, has worked as a journalist and news anchor and spent two years working for the Oslo Police Department before founding her own law firm and serving as Norway's Minister for Justice in 1996-1997. She lives in Oslo with her family.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Scribner. 354 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When the Dutchman insists that inexperienced lawyer Karen Borg, an old friend of Sand’s, represent him, the police suspect that unknown corrupt lawyers, part of a massive criminal organization, are behind Borg’s selection.

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When a young man is found covered in blood and arrested for the murder of an amateur drug dealer, he makes an unusual request: he will only be represented by lawyer Karen Borg—the very woman who stumbled across the dead body in Oslo, Norway.

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Book Reporter

That small point notwithstanding, BLIND GODDESS is an absolute must-read for those who were enthralled with 1222, and an excellent starting point for those who want to start reading the Hanne Wilhelmsen series from the beginning.

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The Bookbag

Here is a rum do - a Nordic crime, and the launch episode of a currently successful series, that has sat untranslated for almost twenty years?

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Bookmarks Magazine

Now the reason why the young Dutchman insisted on having Karen Borg as a defender slowly dawns on them: since she was the one to find and report the body, she is the only Oslo lawyer that cannot be implicated in the crime.

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Shots

I was surprised to find out that Hanne was actually meant to be the lead character as I felt in this book that it was meant to be Karen Borg.

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New Zealand Woman's Weekly

Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen – the heroine of eight Anne Holt novels – soon uncovers a link between the two deaths: the deceased lawyer once defended the recently departed drug dealer.

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New Zealand Woman's Weekly

Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen – the heroine of eight Anne Holt novels – soon uncovers a link between the two deaths: the deceased lawyer once defended the recently departed drug dealer.

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