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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (661 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Thompson Narrator: T. Ryder Smith Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Vaara Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781449867188
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Cross | 2/19/2014

    " Follow up to Snow Angels. Kari and his wife Kate now live in Helsinki where the Homicide squad has never left a murder unsolved. Will the murder of the wife of a connected Russian be the first not to be solved? Will Kari be pressured to charge and innocent man? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/9/2014

    " This is the follow-up to Snow Angels and centers around Inspector Kari Vaara. There was quite of bit of history given about the relationships among the Finns, the Russians, and the Germans. That was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/26/2014

    " Had to change the start date ... just got to it yesterday and already having trouble putting it down!! So good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy E. | 1/24/2014

    " Second in the series and an ARC from Shelf Awareness. Dark, gritty and seriously hardcore. Thompson is not for the faint of heart! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eva | 1/20/2014

    " One can see that Nordic history related to the WWII is still alive: Henning Mankel's Return of the Dancing Master, Camilla Lackberg's Hidden Child, Jo Nesbo's Redbreast and now James Thompson's Lucifer's Tears. It was my second book by Thompson and I must say I liked it better than the first one although I had some doubts that elaborating the topic I know from other good books he may slip into cliches. He did not. It was an interesting combination of quite a few storylines complementing one another well. There are only two things/opinions expressed in the book I cannot agree with: if Arvid killed "only" a few people during the war (and not as a soldier in a fight or in self-defence) it doesn't make him better than any other killer as every person has only one life and the second thing are the parts when the Finnish character or customs are explained - they really sound as if from an encyclopaedia. These are only two minor things that do not spoil the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arnie | 1/12/2014

    " James Thompson does it again! Gritty,gripping...and all the while the landscape and people of Finland are illustrated beautifully....you can feel the cold wind blow across Finland in the midst of a great story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 12/29/2013

    " Awesome book ! I really love the Inspector Vaara Series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 11/10/2013

    " I really enjoy the Finnish culture and daily life perspectives; the story is not as great as I'd like. A little macho and repetitive, but not bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 9/16/2013

    " Many Twists and turns. Very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 3/20/2013

    " Another excellent suspense read from James Thompson. Can't wait for the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tess | 1/30/2013

    " Can't wait for the third in the series. I'm addicted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 12/13/2012

    " Wish I could give it a 3.5. Similar to his first book I read - intriguing, brutal and somewhat sad. Strong characters and situations. Not for everyone, a bit graphic but compelling. Quick, easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 12/12/2012

    " Move over Stieg Larsson....James Thompson is here!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 8/31/2012

    " This book sounds great! Murder mystery and international at that! I had a pen pal for Finland as a child so I'm thrilled to read a book set in that location. Looks like this is going to be a great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Sanders | 3/31/2012

    " If you like Scandinavian mysteries, pick this one up. It takes place in Helsinki and is a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 7/17/2011

    " You can read my thoughts here. (3.75/5) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaye | 5/27/2011

    " The characters and the sense of place are awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaye | 5/17/2011

    " The characters and the sense of place are awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 4/14/2011

    " Another excellent suspense read from James Thompson. Can't wait for the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 4/11/2011

    " Follow up to Snow Angels. Kari and his wife Kate now live in Helsinki where the Homicide squad has never left a murder unsolved. Will the murder of the wife of a connected Russian be the first not to be solved? Will Kari be pressured to charge and innocent man? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Neva | 3/31/2011

    " This wasn't really my kind of reading. But Thank You! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/28/2011

    " Another winner by Thompson. Enjoyed the twists and turns and the take on Finnish World War II history. Included more interesting insight into Finnish culture. Actually liked this one more than his first...hope to see more from this author. "

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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.

About the Narrator

T. Ryder Smith is an actor based in New York City. He has appeared on Broadway in Equus and in many off-Broadway shows including Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Lebensraum, for which he won a Drama Desk Award. Smith has also made numerous television appearances on series such as Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, and others.