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This review is from: Her Enemy (The Maria Kallio Series) (Paperback)
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Originally published in 1994 and translated by an American, 'Her Enemy' doesn't read like the average crime novel. Its resolutely pedestrian pace means that there is a lack of suspense until the closing pages. In addition, the story is riddled with digressions about some of the more mundane aspects of living. Of course, background detail and the changing nature of relationships are important in any genre, but in this novel there seems to be a surfeit of them.
The narrator, Maria Kallio, is a police officer turned lawyer who defends the lover of a murder victim, her strategy being to find the real killer. Cue some amateur sleuthing and a great deal of antagonism. Maria's biggest obstacle is the investigating officer, Strom, whose pigheadednes seems almost contrived.
For this English reader, the Finnish names are a problem, as most are not obviously male or female, e.g. Risto and Makke, and a lot of characters are thrown into the text early on, making it difficult to remember who is who. 'Her Enemy' is a pleasant enough read, but for most crime fiction fans I suspect it will not be an entirely satisfying one.