What Never Happens by Anne Holt

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Something terrifying is happening all over Oslo: celebrities are turning up dead in the most macabre of situations. A talk show host is found with her tongue cut out, a politician crucified with a copy of the Koran stuffed inside of her, a literary critic stabbed in the eye. It's clear that the killer is sending some sort of message-but what is he trying to say?

Police Commissioner Adam Stubo and his wife, profiler Johanne Vik, both exhausted by the arrival of their new baby, are reluctant to join the investigation until it becomes totally necessary. As Stubo leads the inquiry, Johanne stays at home with the child, finding herself haunted by a pattern she remembers from her FBI stint years before, a time she's tried hard to put out of her mind. But as time seems to be running out, she must confront the demons of her past in order to stop the killer from completing this twisted series of murders.

About Anne Holt

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Anne Holt was born on November 16, 1958 in Larvik, Norway. She graduated from the University of Bergen with a law degree in 1986 and worked for the Oslo Police Department for two years. She has also had careers as a lawyer, journalist, and anchor woman. In 1993, Holt published her first crime novel. She has since become a bestselling thriller writer and resides in Norway and France.
Published January 1, 2008 by Sphere. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Johanne makes her journey to America, and visits the reclusive, diffident Aksel, who is not used to speaking his native tongue or hearing that someone sympathizes with his wrongful conviction.

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A longing for the limelight emboldens the killer, who taunts Stubo and Johanne but leaves them no way to prove who’s doing the taunting.

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WHAT NEVER HAPPENS was originally published in 2004 and, for a number of reasons, is only now hitting the ground here in the U.S. It’s the follow-up to WHAT IS MINE and the second installment in the Stubo and Vik series.

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Inspector Adam Stubo of the Norwegian National Criminal Investigation Service is on paternity leave.

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