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5.0 out of 5 stars
Hot new Scandanavian crime fiction, 14 Mar 2012
The story is told entirely in the first person by the hero, a detective who lives in Helsinki. He is in charge of the investigation into the sadistic beating and killing of the wife of a Russian businessman. But he is also involved called in to deal with other deaths, and gets involved in the extradition of a Finnish war hero. He juggles work with family life - his wife is expecting their first child. The story is very well told, providing a lot of insight into Finnish identity and psyche. Some aspects are rather clichéd - the troubled childhood, disturbed family life and guilt about previous cases. But altogether it's a great read and compares well with other Scandanavian crime fiction. I'm looking forward to more by the same author.