Death of the Demon

Death of the Demon

By Anne Holt; Anne Bruce (Translator)

Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781451634808, 262pp.

Publication Date: June 18, 2013


In a foster home outside Oslo, a twelve-year-old boy is causing havoc. The institution’s steely director, Agnes Vestavik, sees something chilling in Olav’s eyes: sheer hatred. When Vestavik is found murdered at her desk, stabbed in the back with an Ikea kitchen knife—with Olav nowhere to be found—the case goes to maverick investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen, recently promoted to chief inspector in the Oslo Police.

Could the child be a murderer? As police canvass the city for Olav, Hanne, working alongside the foulmouthed detective Billy T., orders an investigation of the home’s employees. But despite her supreme deductive skills, she is hopeless at delegating, hopeless at pooling information, hopeless at sharing responsibilities. Can Hanne learn to trust others before her bullheaded instincts lead her astray—in the workplace and on the home front?

Meanwhile, Olav makes his way through the city, looking for the mother who was forced to consign him to the state’s care. A dark and captivating new chapter in this brilliant, rollicking series, Death of the Demon examines that murky intersection between crime and justice.

About the Author
Anne Holt 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 1996-97. Her first book was published in 1993 and her works have been translated into over thirty languages. Her novel "1222" was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in Oslo with her family.

Anne Bruce Anne Bruce is a nationally recognized speaker and workshop leader. The author of a number of popular titles, including "Building a High Morale Workplace" and "Motivating Employees", Bruce has appeared on network television programs including the CBS Evening News, 48 Hours, and Good Morning America, and has been interviewed in "The Wall Street Journal", "USA Today", "Newsweek", and other prominent publications.