Blessed AreThose Who Thirst: A Hanne Wilhemsen Mystery. By Anne Holt.
Among the influx of Nordic crime fiction is Holt’s second novel which is part of a mystery series with Detective Inspector Hanne Wilhemsen as the main character, and this follows the publication of Holt’s Edgar Award Winning thriller 1222. The author spent time with the Oslo Police Department as a lawyer at one time which is evident as she describes police procedures that lead to solving the crimes. Quite subordinate to the main plot are Hanne’s relationships with fellow cops and with her live in partner, as well as, some social commentary on immigration issues. The plot includes lots of blood but no bodies, just numbers written in the blood. Eventually, Hanne solves the murders with her keen sense of observation along with tedious investigations in her pursuit for justice.