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Inspector Kari Vaara returns, more haunted than ever, in the follow-up to Snow Angels, “a must for fans of the international crime novel.” (Booklist)

The Sufia Elmi case left Kari Vaara with a scarred face, chronic insomnia, a constant migraine, and a full body count’s worth of ghosts. Now it’s a year later, in Helsinki, and Kari is working the graveyard shift in the homicide unit, terrified that his heavily pregnant wife will miscarry again after she lost the twins just after Christmas.

Kari is pushed into investigating a ninety-year-old national hero for war crimes committed during World War II. The Interior Minister demands a conclusion of innocence, preserving Finland’s heroic perception about itself and its role in the war, but Germany wants extradition.

In a seeming coincidence, Kari is drawn into the murder-by-torture case of Iisa Filippov, the philandering wife of a Russian businessman. Her lover is clearly being framed for the crime—and Ivan Filippov’s arrogance and nonchalance point the finger at him. But he’s being protected from above, leading Kari to the corrupt corridors of power. Soon the past and present collide in ways no one could have anticipated.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book is wonderful. It took me right in, dropped me into a strange new world, and kept me captivated from first to last page. James Thompson has done a masterful job!”

    Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Taut and mesmerizing.”

    Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Fast, brutal, yet told with a sort of laid-back calm.”

    Peter Hoeg, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Thompson’s narrative skill keeps things moving at a lively pace.”

    Washington Post

  • “Some of the best crime fiction you are liable to encounter.”

    Bookreporter.com

  • “Stellar...Thompson elegantly threads Finland’s compelling national history with Vaara’s own demons in this taut, emotionally wrought novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Impossible to put down...Essential reading.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Nazi collaboration, government cover-ups, kinky sex, a baby daughter waiting impatiently to be born, and a vigilante-minded hero who talks back to his boss more irreverently than Dirty Harry. What more could you want?”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Author James Thompson

James Thompson, eastern Kentucky born and raised, has lived in Finland for the past decade. Before becoming a full-time writer, he studied Swedish and Finnish, in which he is fluent, and worked as a bartender, bouncer, construction worker, photographer, rare coin dealer, and soldier.