Snow Angels

Snow Angels

eBook - 2010
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A Booklist Best Crime Novel Debut

"Don't miss this one."-- USA Today
"A masterful job." -Michael Connelly

It is called kaamos--two weeks of unrelenting darkness and soul-numbing cold that falls upon Finnish Lapland, a hundred miles into the Arctic Circle, just before Christmas. Some get through it with the help of cheap Russian alcohol; some sink into depression.

This year, it may have driven someone mad enough to commit murder. The brutalized body of a beautiful Somali woman has been found in the snow, and Inspector Kari Vaara must find her killer. It will be a challenge in a place where ugly things lurk under frozen surfaces, and silence is a way of life.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2010
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781101184967
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 264 p. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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May 10, 2018

The dark bleak setting and the Finish culture provides a great context for this grim story. I thought The inspector shared too much detail of the crime and investigation with his wife. I would think he would want to protect her from the horror of what was going on. I am looking forward to the author’s next book.

Nov 06, 2016

The first book in the Inspector Vaara series

Dec 29, 2012

Fantastic. The only Finnish crime series available in English where you don't have to have grown up in Finland to understand it. Thompson is an American who's lived in Finland for over 15 years, and manages to reverse the roles in the books, writing in first person as a Finnish detective who's got an American wife. (He later writes a different version of his books for the Finnish audiences, where he cuts out all the parts that would bore the Finns, but that help enjoy the book better everywhere else).
I lived in Helsinki as a kid, and I love the series. Please read in order if you can; Snow Angels -> Lucifer's Tears -> Helsinki White -> Helsinki Blood (out in 2013)

Nov 19, 2011

I was looking forward to this book and the setting of Finland is very interesting. However I found it extremely gruesome and abandoned it. I thought the graphic details were over the top and I am not particularly faint-hearted. I may try another by this author as hopefully it won't be so gruesome.

Jun 01, 2011

Engrossing murder mystery set in Finland. Inspector Vaara must find the killer in an especially brutal murder of a Somali immigrant. Great characters and a fascinating insight into Finnish culture and legal/justice system. A must for the burgeoning group of Scandinavian mystery lovers hungry for more Stieg Larsson-esque fare.


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Ms_Fitz Mar 15, 2011

Violence: graphic forensic detail

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