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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Thompson Narrator: T. Ryder Smith Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Inspector Vaara Series Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781449837228
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The first book of James Thompson’s Inspector Vaara series won immediate critical acclaim for a sterling tale set in the brutal cold and soul-testing isolation of kaamos, Finland’s two weeks of utter darkness. Even as the unrelenting winter conditions tighten their grip on the residents of the Lapland town, a lovely Somali movie star is found murdered, a racial slur cut into her chest. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Snow Angels is memorable as much for the reverse expatriate subplot—Vaara’s pregnant American wife, Kate, is the outsider barely managing with the country’s never-ending darkness around Christmastime—as it is for the wonderfully lurid quality of both the prose and revelations behind the initial and later murders.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Thompson’s portrait of Lapland in the depths of winter is starkly and realistically drawn…An outstanding series debut.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Thompson’s style is on the dark end of the ‘Nordic Noir’ spectrum. The genre—with its stark and often violent police procedurals—has proved wildly successful…Thompson stands out from that crowd by writing in English and telling Vaara’s gritty narrative in the first person.”

    New York Times

  • A 2011 Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 4/10/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading his next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Foster | 4/4/2011

    " A fascinating picture of a culture wrapped in a great crime novel. If you're into Wallander, this is for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/25/2011

    " Really good murder mystery book. Fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 3/24/2011

    " As disturbing as this story was - I'm definitely more curious about going to Finland! "

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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.