The House of Dolls settles into a riveting, labyrinthine plot that’s peppered with action sequences and some shocking revelations. Hewson capably introduces new characters, including a conniving journalist, and there are some stunning set pieces. When Hewson hits his stride it feels like you’re being treated to a masterclass in crime writing. If you have a penchant for Euro-crime procedurals, The House of Dolls is an essential new series.