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5.0 out of 5 stars Silence--Jan Costin Wagner
'Silence' is the author's second novel to be translated from
German into English,and featuring the Finnish Dectective Kimmo
Joentaa.
When a fourteen year old girl goes missing ,her bicycle is found
in the identical place where 33 years previously a murdered teenaged
girl's bicycle was discovered.This old crime went unsolved,and the...
Published on 12 Aug 2010 by Simon Clarke

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2.0 out of 5 stars Psycholigical thriller (not very)
I have to say that I didn't find this book as good as other reviewers. I found the conversations and characters a bit one dimensional and the story line not particularly believable. Unlike other novels there is really only one story going on and not that good.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence--Jan Costin Wagner, 12 Aug 2010
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Simon Clarke (Hackney, London) - See all my reviews
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'Silence' is the author's second novel to be translated from
German into English,and featuring the Finnish Dectective Kimmo
Joentaa.
When a fourteen year old girl goes missing ,her bicycle is found
in the identical place where 33 years previously a murdered teenaged
girl's bicycle was discovered.This old crime went unsolved,and the
police wonder whether the murderer has returned.As the police investigation
proceeds the novel sensitively and perceptively describes how both
events affect the families close to the girls and the police.Meanwhile
the reader is kept in considerable suspense as the mystery unfolds.
This is an accomplished thriller ,fluently translated ,by a talented
writer,who deserves a wide readership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Scandinavian noir....., 27 Nov 2011
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Wynne Kelly "Kellydoll" (Coventry, UK) - See all my reviews
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In the summer of 1974 a young Finnish girl, Pia Lehtinen, is murdered and her body thrown into a lake. The reader knows from the outset the identity of the killer but the police fail to make any progress and the crime remains on file as unsolved.

Thirty-three years later Ketola is retiring from the police force. He is still haunted by the murder of Pia and feels that he has failed both Pia and her still grieving parents. Then six months later another girl goes missing in exactly the same spot and the police begin to wonder if it could be the same man returning to the scene of his earlier crime. Kimmo Joentaa is the detective in charge and he calls on Ketola for advice and help.

The writing is excellent and the characters are three dimensional - we enter their feelings of grief, love, affection, guilt and fear. It is not a conventional crime thriller - instead it deals with the psychological and emotional effect of crime on both the innocent and guilty parties. If you are expecting a book where everything is solved and all the endings neatly tied up then this won't be for you!

I struggled a bit with the Finnish names - found it hard to retain them in my head. And I also realised how little I knew of the geography and had to resort to my book of European road maps to see where Helsinki is in relation to Turku.

A gripping read and an author to look out for in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the silence is deafening, 15 Oct 2011
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Michael Watson "skirrow22" (Halifax, England) - See all my reviews
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Recommended to me by another book lover, I was only part way through reading this one when I purchased book 3 in the series, such was the effect of the author's unique take on this crime thriller.

In fact, it's not really a thriller. Certainly there is a nasty crime in the prologue, an event which took place over thirty years ago on the outskirts of Finland's city of Turku which only now is coming back to haunt both the now retired policeman who didn't solve the case and one of the perpetrators.

As the story comes up to date, another girl goes missing, the flimsy details such as they are almost identical to that crime committed long ago. The main character in the book is Detective Kimmo Joentaa who takes on the case, bringing back also the retired ex-policeman to help out.

The book is more about the pyschological consequences of the first killing and its effect on all those involved, parents, the individual police, the perpetrator and his family. Joentaa is probably the most affected; his wife died of cancer unexpectedly and he grieves for her throughout the book. The killing of a child and the possibility of a second killing weigh heavily but he does his job throughout and gradually begins to follow some very slender clues.

It is probably the actions of the ex-policeman which bring matters to a head but the road to achieving this makes for an excellent, if somewhat upsetting read.

Translated from the German, the English is, at times, just a little old-fashioned but, perhaps in the light of the way the Finnish police force conducts its investigations, this may well be appropriate. The author certainly knows his Finland which was explained when I realised his wife was Finnish and they lived both there and in Germany.

It's a book which develops its characters, it makes a good case for the humanity of the cast, even those on the darker side and the finale is well explained if not a little surprising. It's not a long book, less than 250 pages but it sets a standard not always achieved by other crime writers who are, today, more widely read. Mr. Wagner deserves a wider audience. I now look forward to book three which has just arrived through the post as I finish this review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finnish thriller with a twist, 14 July 2014
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Brian R. Martin (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book has an unconventional background. It is set in Finland by its Finnish author, and features the Finnish detective Kimmo Joentaa, but it was originally written in German and then translated into English, which has been well done.

The plot starts with the reported disappearance of 14 year-old girl called Sinikka, and the discovery of her bicycle together with blood stains on a track near her house. Disturbing as this is, it is made more so by the fact the bicycle was found very close to the spot where 33 years earlier another girl, Pia Lehtinen, of a similar age disappeared, also leaving a bicycle. Some months later she had been found in a nearby lake; she had been raped and strangled. The murderer was never found, although his identity is revealed to readers early on. Is it conceivable that the killer has returned, or is this a copycat crime?

The detective in charge of the earlier case, called Ketola, is haunted by not having solved the crime and feels he has failed the parents. Although retired only a few days, he is keen to help and is called in to assist. He becomes rather obsessed by the new case, and his rather odd behaviour and the fact that he sometimes acts without police authority, annoys his former superiors. Of necessity, old wounds are reopened as Pia's parents are re-interviewed to try and find any links between the two girls. The author sensitively describes these interactions and those with the parents of Sinikka. The interactions between the various detectives involved in the case are also very realistically portrayed.

In parallel with the details of the investigation of Sinikka's disappearance, there is a description of the life of someone who was involved in Pia's murder and the psychological strain he suffers as the investigation starts to involve him and the effect on his unknowing family. He even contacts Pia's killer for the first time since her murder, but this is fruitless and only increases his desperation. The final solution of Sinikka's disappearance is unexpected, but from it the police apparently solve Pia's murder and Ketola achieves some sort of satisfaction. Needless to say, things are not all they seem.

I enjoyed this relatively short book. It has an interesting plot with a good twist at the end. I look forward to reading more of his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good'un, 22 Mar 2014
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Another author on my must read list. Kimmo makes for an unusual, thoughtful detective (not without his own tragic story) and the plot and character are absorbing and satisfying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enigmatic noir, 26 Jan 2012
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This is a murder mystery focussed on a group of police detectives that fails to conform to most of the conventions of that genre. It is hard to describe the narrative without giving away crucial plot developments so I shall only say that it is largely concerned with the emotional implications of sudden loss mainly through violent action but there are significant themes of other modes of grieving. The author creates a very powerful atmosphere of various types of obsession and of different forms of willed blindness. It somehow seems significant that the action takes place in Finland with Finnish detectives but in fact it could be happening virtually anywhere in Northern Europe, northern because what is not said is at least as important as what is said (and thus the title of course). I felt at the end that I had read an important book not because it is a glimpse into the life world of men who dream of sex with children - this is necessary but hardly developed element - but because it is a reflection on responsibilities in relationships and how we live through others.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Psycholigical thriller (not very), 5 Jan 2012
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I have to say that I didn't find this book as good as other reviewers. I found the conversations and characters a bit one dimensional and the story line not particularly believable. Unlike other novels there is really only one story going on and not that good.
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