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
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