Helene Tursten (born in Gothenburg in 1954) is a Swedish writer of crime fiction. The main character in her stories is Detective Inspector Irene Huss. Before becoming an author, Tursten worked as a nurse and then a dentist, but was forced to leave due to illness. During her illness she worked as a translator of medical articles.
* Irene Huss
Helene Tursten is the author of books: Detective Inspector Huss (Inspector Huss #1), An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good, Night Rounds (Inspector Huss #2), The Torso (Inspector Huss #3), The Glass Devil (Inspector Huss #4), The Golden Calf (Inspector Huss #5), The Beige Man (Inspector Huss #7), The Fire Dance (Inspector Huss #6), The Treacherous Net (Inspector Huss, #8), Den som vakar i mörkret (Inspector Huss #9)
Part of a human torso washes up on a beach near Göteborg, Sweden. It is so mutilated that gender is only established by DNA testing. A similar crime, now several years old, remains unsolved in Denmark. Detective Inspector Irene Huss is dispatched to Copenhagen to liaise with police. Then a third corpse is discovered. This time it’s identified. It is a girl Detective Huss knew; she had been asked by the girl’s mother to locate her missing daughter. A fourth victim, the son of a woman heading the Copenhagen crime squad, is also known to Huss. She fears the killer is tracking her, killing people with whom she is connected. There is even a chilling suggestion that he or she is one of her colleagues.
Helene Tursten has been compared to P.D. James in her native Sweden. Her Irene Huss mysteries have been highly praised. She lives in Göteborg, where she was born in 1954.