Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. She is the author of the Irene Huss series, including Detective Inspector Huss, Night Rounds, Who Watcheth, and Protected by the Shadows, as well as the short story collection An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good. Her books have been translated into 21 languages and made into a television series. She was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband.
A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Crime & Mystery Novel of 2019 A Criminal Element Best of the Month Book of February 2019 Praise for Hunting Game [A] satisfying series debut . . . Swedish author Helene Tursten, well known for her books featuring the steadfast Detective Inspector Irene Huss, introduces a different sort of hero in Hunting Game. --Wall Street Journal Haunted, driven, immensely human and highly trained as a hunter and tracker, Embla is a winning new Scandinavian noir lead. --Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture Impetuous and physical . . . [Embla is] a bright light among young Swedish cop characters. --Toronto Star Solid and absorbing . . . Tursten takes her time staging the story, focusing on fine descriptions of her rugged setting and the engaging, tough young detective. --Adam Woog, The Seattle Times Tursten captures the atmosphere of rural Sweden and the hunting party effectively and develops what can be described as a rather classic noir story, with missing people, corpses, and, of course, unanswered questions . . . Tursten creates a compelling classic mystery, bolstered by a very strong sense of place. --The Popular Culture Association An interesting and conflicted heroine . . . Tursten sets the scene perfectly . . . The unassuming prose with some unexpected twists keeps the reader on their toes. --Crime Review [An] outstanding series launch . . . Embla is a refreshingly capable lead, whose situational ethics means that she doesn't feel she must do everything by the book. --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review Embla, still plagued by nightmares about losing her teenage best friend, is a sharp, willful, though emotionally vulnerable detective. Fans of the Huss novels in particular and Nordic noir in general will want to follow this series from its start. --Booklist, Starred Review Hunting Game sets up the beginning of what is sure to be an enjoyable series . . . As always, Tursten aptly captures the quotidian details that make her characters memorable, giving glimpses into hunting culture and the coldness of a Swedish winter. --Shelf Awareness A breathless thriller that's impossible to put down. I was fascinated by Embla, a credible and complex character who is hiding secrets . . . A great reading experience. --Anna Jansson, author of the Maria Wern series Policewoman and prizewinning Nordic welterweight, Embla is a badass. Yes, she's smart and strong--but also refreshingly complicated and flawed . . . and you couldn't have a better setting for a chilling mystery than the Nordic wilderness. --Book Riot Hunting Game is easy-to-read, exciting and interesting. Embla Nystroem will surely appeal to readers as much as Irene Huss. --Dagbladet (Norway) A superb mystery perfect for the reader of classic detective novels . . . Tursten writes in spare, concise prose, foregoing frills and in-your-face violence, focusing instead on true-to-life storytelling and character development. --Criminal Element Fellow Irene Huss fans, never fear. I think you're going to like Embla. --Kittling Books Praise for Helene Tursten As good as Louise Welsh's similarly creepy tour of Glasgow. --Gillian Flynn, Entertainment Weekly 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 Gothenburg in winter. --Chicago Sun Times Truly satisfying. --Philadelphia Inquirer An engaging mystery with a very likable heroine. With a writing style reminiscent of Camilla Lackberg or Henning Mankell, Helene Tursten offers a detective with a nuanced and compelling personal life, as well as a dark and intriguing mystery. --Shelf Awareness