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But when that client is the daughter of a nefarious real estate tycoon who is the mortal enemy of Hilja's true love, things get complicated. She knows there must be an end Noora Nieminen was destined to become a world champion. But when the sixteen-year-old skating sensation is found slain with her own skates, her promising career is unexpectedly cut short. Detective Maria Kallio is seven months pregnant, but that i American-trained bodyguard Hilja Ilveskero is accustomed to danger.
As a professional bodyguard, Hilja Ilveskero rarely loses her cool. But one day, she and a client have an argument in a Moscow fur salon, and Hilja quits on the spot.
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Like Kati Heikkapelto, Leena Lehtolainen puts strong women characters very much to the fore. It sees hot-tempered Maria recruited to the Helsinki police aged When a rich, young playboy dies at a party, she faces the challenge of solving her first case in the milieu of the super-rich. With Finnish politicians, Russian oligarchs, undercover cops and plenty more in the mix, Lehtolainen weaves a web of treason, passion and international intrigue. Where next? There are six books available in English beginning with Against the Wall. One of his men goes undercover to infiltrate the gang.
You can expect gritty realism from a writer who covers crime on TV and for the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. Pekka Hiltunen is a new writer compared to the others covered here.
In these hi-tech thrillers, two women fight crime under the auspices of a graphic design studio. Black Noise sees them hunting down the makers of online snuff videos. The books take place in London, which just might put some Nordic noir fans off, but which gives the author a broader canvas for his brand of action. Have we missed any rising stars of Finnish crime fiction? Let us know in the comments below! By day he is a journalist, editor and copywriter. Please note: Moderation is enabled and may delay your comment being posted.
Twenty-four years ago Katharina Haugen went missing. All she left behind was her husband, Martin, and a mysterious string of numbers scribbled on a piece of paper. Every year on October 9th Chief Inspector William Wisting takes out the files to the case he was never able to solve. Stares at the code he was never able to crack. And visits the husband he was never able to help. But now Martin Haugen is missing too.
Her lover, Agla, is awaiting sentencing for financial misconduct after the banking crash, and Sonja refuses to see her. With her former nemesis, customs officer Bragi, on her side, Sonja puts her own plan into motion to bring down the drug barons and her scheming ex-husband and get Tomas back. Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson.
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Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik Police is called to investigate this - the final case in her career before she is forced into retirement. When Hulda starts to ask questions, it isn't long before she realises that no-one can be trusted and that no-one is telling the whole truth. In this final installment of the internationally best-selling Irene Huss Investigations, the gang warfare that has been brewing in Goteborg is about to explode.
A member of a notorious biker gang has been set on fire - alive. Even in a culture where ritual killings are common, this brutal assault attracts the attention of both Irene's unit and the Organized Crimes Unit. Anticipating a counterattack, the two units team up to patrol the lavish party of a rival gang, but that doesn't stop another murder from occurring just outside the event hall. A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just 37 years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he's dying.
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What is more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him. Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful roller-coaster journey full of unusual characters, bizarre situations and unexpected twists. Stavern, After a brutal robbery, a young policeman named William Wisting is edged off the investigation by more experienced officers, but soon he is on another case that has not even been recognised as murder. Forgotten in a dilapidated barn stands a bullet-riddled old car, and it looks as if the driver did not get out alive.
This case will shape William Wisting as a policeman and give him insight that he will carry with him for the rest of his career. Nora's daughter, Annabelle, has disappeared, last seen on her way home from a party. Stockholm DI Charlie Lager must return home to find Annabelle and then get out of town as soon as she can. Before everyone discovers the truth about her In the heart of summer, the country swelters in a fog of heat.
She tells him that a girl has gone missing from the summer camp of the mysterious The Pure Life, a religious sect buried deep in the woods. Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is recruited to help solve the mystery. One nurse lies dead and another vanishes after their hospital is hit by a blackout. The only witness claims to have seen Nurse Tekla doing her rounds, but Nurse Tekla died sixty years ago.
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At each abandoned crime scene there's a hidden clue: a tiny metal cog, almost invisible to the naked eye. Someone is sending Detective Sam Berger a message, someone who knows that only he will understand the cryptic trail. As the police continue the hunt to find the latest victim, Sam is forced to unearth long-buried personal demons. He has no choice if he is to understand the killer's darkly personal message before time runs out. July By the time the police track down the subject of the letter, he is already dead.
Janek Mitter stumbles into his bathroom one morning after a night of heavy drinking, to find his beautiful young wife, Eva, floating dead in the bath. She has been brutally murdered. Yet even during his trial Mitter cannot summon a single memory of attacking Eva, nor a clue as to who could have killed her if he had not. Only once he has been convicted and locked away in an asylum for the criminally insane does he have a snatch of insight - but is it too late?
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In the dead of night, in the pouring rain, a drunk driver smashes his car into a young man. He abandons the body at the side of the road, but the incident will set in motion a chain of events which will change his life forever. Soon Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, now retired from the Maardam police force, will face his greatest trial yet as someone close to him is, inexplicably, murdered. A young woman shivers in the December cold as her mother's body is laid to rest in a cemetery.
The only thing that warms her is the thought of the revenge she will soon take Then a middle-aged man is killed at his home, shot twice in the chest and twice below the belt. He had recently received a series of bizarre phone calls where an old song is played down the line - evoking an eerie sense of both familiarity and unease. Before the police can find the culprit, a second man is killed in the same way. After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonia is struggling to provide for herself and keep custody of her son.
With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies. As a young female - and a redhead to boot - Maria knows that solving this case will help her overcome her perceived shortcoming in the eyes of her colleagues. But as the case takes startling twists and turns, and friends and foes become interchangeable, will she be able to piece together the clues before the killer strikes again?