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Helene Tursten Biography
Helene Tursten, a notable and accomplished Swedish novelist of Scandinavian crime fiction, was born in Goteborg, Sweden on February 17, 1954. Writing was not her first occupation, nor was it her fisrt profession. Before she became the famous and well-respected writer she is today, she worked as a nurse and then eventually as a dentist. Unfortunately, while working in the medical/dental profession, Tursten became ill and had to leave her job. While battling her illness, she began working as translator of medical articles.
(Helene Tursten’s books were all originally written and published in her Swedish native language and later translated to the English language. In this article, the English versions will be used when referring to her works.)
Helene Tursten’s Early Works:
In 1998, Helene Tursten published her very first novel that became: Detective Inspector Huss (The English Version was published in 2003) The main character of the book is named: Detective Inspector Irene Huss. Detective Huss became the main character in all of Tursten’s novels from then on.
The first book of Helene Tursten’s series of novels, is set up as somewhat of an introduction to the main character Director Inspector Irene Huss. In this introductory story, Inspector Huss, the main character, is stationed in Goteborg, Sweden.
The book stars the Detective Huss and her colleagues who work in the Violent Crimes Unit at their precinct. One night, they are called out to investigate the death of a wealthy man named von Knecht. The team of detectives eventually discovers that he was connected to the Swedish elite.
The suspense of the exciting crime novel begins with the onset of the Detective Team’s investigation into his death..
As the story progresses, the investigation into the brutal crime becomes an extremely complicated one. The motive and method for the murder are a huge mystery right from the start. However, the reader can pretty much guess which character in the story eventually turns out to be the primary culprit. However, the story still ends up having a very unexpected twist
Detective Huss and her team of intelligent and competent detectives waste no time tracing von Knecht’s life into a criminal underground involving both motorcycle gangs an drug dealing. Tursten then makes the case turn deadly again. A bomb blows up Von Knecht’s business office, and kills two more of the story’s characters. Detective Huss’ team face many struggles whilst attempting to discover a motive for all of the violence.
Huss herself starts feeling like von Knecht’s underworld connections and business connections have somehow crossed at a very dangerous junction. She begins to worry that more killings will be following if she and her team is unable to stop the vicious perpetrator soon.
A large portion of the novel’s successful storyline is attributable to Tursten’s detailed, step-by-step rendering of the difficult, yet uncompromising detective work that eventually leads up to the exciting climax and resolution.
In 1999, Tursten published her second book in her Detective Irene Huss series that became Night Rounds.
In this second part of Tursten’s Swedish crime series the main character, Irene Huss,’ continues her work as a Detective Inspector with the Violent Crimes Unit in Goteborg, Sweden. In this story, however, she is a former Ju-Jitsu champion, and has teen aged twin daughters. She is also married to of a successful chef. Night Rounds proves to be a gripping follow-up to Detective Inspector Huss.
The plot of this second story begins with Detective Inspector Irene Huss tackling a mind-boggling challenge of complex human relationships and disentangling wandering ghosts, all in order to solve a uniquely intriguing case.
The story begins in a small private hospital run by a man named Dr. Sverker Lowander. One night a blackout occurs while there is only one doctor and two nurses on duty. The blackout causes a respirator ICU room to fail, and for some unknown reason, the generator fails to turn on. Later, one of the 2 nurses ends up missing and the other is eventually found to be dead.
Tursten’s second novel has interesting and intriguing plot strands. Director Huss ends up with a lot on her plate: the murder of one nurse, the disappearance of another one, the appearance of a so-called ghost, her relationship with her team of detectives, and her relationship with her husband and 14 year old twin daughters.
The written style of this particular Tursten book is a very direct writing style that does not include a lot of adornment. There are some peculiarities of expression, such as the consistent references to “morning prayers”, which is the term Huss and her team use when referring to the meeting the the Crimes Squad holds at the beginning of each day. The direct style of writing has been used in other crime fiction works, but not quite as commonly as this particular Helene Tursten novel implies. The overall plot of Night Rounds is intriguingly inventive and uniquely engaging,
Films Based on the Works of Helene Tursten
A number of films have been derived from Helene Tursten’s works. These films feature Tursten’s main character: Detective Inspector Irene Huss. The films are produced by a company called Yellow Bird Films and another company called Illusion Films. The films are in Swedish and feature English and Danish sub-titles.
The Detective Inspector Irene Huss movies are a unique collection of films. They are essentially about a fictional Swedish female detective played by an actress named Angela Kovács. Twelve total 90-minute films were produced between 2007 and 2011. Nine of the twelve movies are based on the Helene Tursten books with the corresponding titles. The last three films are actually produced as independent stories based on the books’ characters, but not the books themselves. The films are all set near Helene Turnsten’s hometown of Gotenburg, Sweden.
The twelve films were created in two distinct installments, with the first installment of films being released in 2007 and throughout 2008. The second installment of the films was released in 2011. All of the films, except for the very first one, were released directly to DVD. The first film, however, was actually released in cinematic theaters before it went to DVD. Kanal 5 in Sweden and ARD in Germany, were some of the financiers to the movies, and the movies have been shown numerous times in both places. Johan Fälemark and Hillevi Råberg were the producers of the first season. Daniel Ahlqvist was brought on as a third producer for the second season.
Detective Inspector Huss Books
|Detective Inspector Huss||(2003)|
|The Glass Devil||(2007)|
|The Golden Calf||(2013)|
|The Fire Dance||(2014)|
|The Beige Man||(2015)|
|The Treacherous Net||(2015)|
|Protected by the Shadows||(2017)|
Chronological Order of Detective Inspector Huss Books
The original Swedish order of the Irene Huss series is: Detective Inspector Huss; Night Rounds; The Torso; The Glass Devil; The Golden Calf; The Fire Dance; The Beige Man; The Treacherous Net. There are also multiple books that have yet to see publication in English.
Detective Inspector Embla Nystrom Books
Short Story Collections
|The Usual Santas||(2017)|