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As a professional bodyguard, Hilja Ilveskero rarely loses her cool. But one day, she and a client have an argument in a Moscow fur salon, and Hilja quits on the spot. When the client turns up dead, Hilja quickly discovers that she is a suspect. In an attempt to clear her name and find the killer, she uncovers ever-deeper layers of subterfuge. Amid all the covert treachery and intrigue, Hilja finds herself falling in love with a suspicious yet irresistibly sexy man - but is her heart clouding her judgment? In this tale of political romance populated by Russian oligarchs, Finnish politicians, and undercover cops, no one is what they seem and no one can be trusted. A fast-paced, tightly woven tale of love, murder, betrayal, and high-stakes deal-making, The Bodyguard - the first in a gripping trilogy by internationally acclaimed Nordic crime author Leena Lehtolainen - exposes the delicacy and dark underbelly of international relations on both a human and global scale.

©2009 Leena Lehtolainen (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation © 2014 by Jenni Salmi.

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  • Sutton, Australia
  • 05-11-17

Great book under $8

This book has mixed reviews but I enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.
I like learning about Finland, and I am going to listen to Lehtolainen's Maria Kallio books. This book, which is quite different, except that --- as usual --- the heroine is more capable than one would think possible, but that goes with the territory, it's fiction after all. The characters are a little difficult to get a handle on, but after a while things fall into place. The ending is rather predictable, though. Nonetheless, it's a novel approach to the crime novel genre, I enjoyed the book and look forward to Book 2. The book also shows a glimpse of the tension between Finland and Russia.

Emily Sutton-Smith was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

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normally I really like this narrator

unfortunately this narrator's inability to pronounce words in a normal tone made it very difficult to stick with the story. She constantly spoke the foreign words with such emphasis and distorted tone that it destroyed the flow of the story