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Helsinki White (Inspector Vaara Novels)
Helsinki White (Inspector Vaara Novels)
by James Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near the credibility of "Nordic Noir" crime fiction, 17 April 2014
Thompson's first Lapland-centred novel is grounded in some kind of social reality, meriting the label of Finnish Noir, maybe, and his second, Helsinki-based, title isn't too bad, though tending to flirt with right-wing revisionism (a cuddly geriatric WW2 mass murderer Ersatz-grandpa, really?!). But this third title stretches contemporary Finnish political and social (and medical) reality a million kilometres too far -- sheer extremist crap. I'm half-way through and (as a fellow immigrant to Finland) I can't be bothered to finish it. No comparison at all with the Nordic crime writers his cover blurbs compare him with.

A Cool Head (Quick Reads)
A Cool Head (Quick Reads)
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 1.89

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull Potboiler, 7 Aug 2009
OK, this is intended to be a skimpy volume, but since Rebus retired (and maybe even before that) Rankin appears to have ceased caring whether he publishes good detective fiction or simply a dull potboiler. This one definitely belongs in the latter category.

Gentle Regrets: Thoughts from a Life
Gentle Regrets: Thoughts from a Life
by Roger Scruton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.99

13 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars English Bigot Extraordinaire, 22 Feb 2007
If you wish to explore the mind of an English bigot in the world outside, you have only to read Scruton's chapter on a fleeting visit he paid to Helsinki in 1987. While citing "Finlandisation" as the rationale for publishing the chapter, his views are entirely Little England, monolingual, full of factual inaccuracies (I write as a Brit living in Finland since 1970), and entirely shameful as the publication of someone who has been granted so much exposure in the British media. Scruton may have the gift of the gab on paper, but his writing, to judge from this ludicrous volume, is as unreliable in its accuracy as his ethnocentric postures in general. Don't buy, but read a library copy at best! A no-star book.
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