Detective Inspector Irene Huss hasn't seen Sophie Malmborg for over fifteen years, but she's still haunted by the strange young ballerina's role in the fire that killed her stepfather. Why had she refused to speak to Irene and the other case workers? Could an eleven-year-old--even one as disturbed and aloof as Sophie--truly be capable of setting her own house on fire?
Irene's questions resurface when Sophie, now a young adult, disappears, and the charred remains of a dancer are found in an abandoned warehouse. Irene has a startling realization that could shed light on the case that has been lingering in the back of her mind since the beginning of her career.
About the Author
Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. Her Irene Huss series includes "Detective Inspector Huss", "The Torso", "The Glass Devil", "Night Rounds", and "The Golden Calf". Helene was born in Goteborg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband and daughter.
Praise for The Fire Dance
"Series fans should enjoy glimpsing her [Inspector Irene Huss] early days on the force and seeing her 18-year-old daughter, Katarina, find a passion for dance."
Praise for the Irene Huss series
"As good as Louise Welsh's similarly creepy tour of Glasgow."
"These days Scandinavian crime writers are thick on the ground. It's nice to see that the women can be just as bloodthirsty as the men."
—The New York Times Book Review
"[Tursten] imbues this novel with a cold chill of dread that can't be attributed only to the subfreezing temperatures of Göteborg in winter."
—Chicago Sun Times