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.
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“Masterful.” (Michael Connelly)
I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.
This is a must for Scandinavian story readers. A fast paced mystry in the ice cold, dark winter noth of the Arctic Circle.
For those who enjoy a great Scandinavian mystery, James Thompson has started a terrific atmospheric Finlander mystery with SNOW ANGELS. Thompson was born in America but has lived in Finland for ten years. He makes thorough use of the differences between culture, weather, personalities and murder statistics in Finland and USA in this deceptively psychological mystery.
Inspector Kari Vaara is newly married and looking forward to Christmas, when he's confronted with a particularly brutal murder of a beautiful young starlet. Problems arise because she is one of the relatively new refugees from Somalia. The murder was sexually brutal, perhaps racially motivated, and is culturally charged. Worse yet, Vaara's ex wife's lover seems to be the prime suspect.
Emotions flair in a country where emotions are usually kept inside. Clues begin to add up quickly, but soon there are too many suspects who are powerful and/or too close to Vaara's personal life. Relationships with family and co-workers make things still more complicated.
Thankfully, there are already two more books in this series because after reading this book, mystery fans will find they have a new favorite author.
I would not listen to anotherT.Ryder Smith narrated story. His voice is so slow and boring and his take on the characters are cartoonish.
Can't compare as I haven't literally read the book. Though if I had to read all the books I listen to I wouldn't get anything else done.
The fire on the ice.
So many of the scenes are great ......I have read a many books since and haven't got a clear picture of one specific at this time.
No, I actually enjoy getting back to my book and the characters several times. Like meeting old friends again.
The freezing daytime darkness is a memorable visual for the human prejudice and sexual frustrations that underlies this particular plot.
I am a 67 year old psychologist. I have been married for 28 years, with two sons who are 27 and 24. I love listening to the books.
This book was recommended to me by Audible, at the end of a William Kent Krueger book, which I loved. I can't believe it. The book starts off as a humorous, albeit black humorous, thriller. However, it very quickly devolves into the most disgusting, depressing, unfunny, obscene thing that I could hardly stand listening to it and gave up. I have over 600 books in my library, and have listened to about 1000 in the last few years. This is, without question, the worst abomination of the lot. The narrator is good. That's it. Don't waste your money. The sample is an unrepresentative teaser. No wonder many people in Finland are depressed. With the cold, and books like this...
Stay away from this one if you aren't in to incredibly gory gross murders. REALLY glad I could switch to listen at double speed on this one. I thought a "police procedural" from Lapp land was interesting --but could have used more procedure and less horror.
This book ranks right up at the top of my list.
This story grabbed my attention and kept it right to the end, and when I was done, I went online to see if there was a part 2, not that it ended like you were missing something, but because I wanted more, it took me some time to get over the fact that it was over. I liked all the characters, the plot, the whole story was just great.
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