Noora Nieminen was destined to become a world champion. But when the sixteen-year-old skating sensation is found slain with her own skates, her promising career is unexpectedly cut short. Detective Maria Kallio is seven months pregnant, but that isn’t going to stop her from putting everything she has into solving the murder.
In the dangerous game of nuclear anti-terrorism, what holds the most power to destroy the world as we know it—the weapons themselves or the fear they inspire?
Lumikki Andersson may be innocent, but she’s no Snow White…Three and a half months have passed since she was left for dead in a snowdrift, and the scorching hot streets of Prague in summer provide a welcome contrast to that terrifying time. However, when she is approached on the street by a nervous young woman who claims to be Lumikki’s long-lost sister, the holiday quickly ends.
Indian scientists discover a vast stretch of underwater ruins at the west coast of India. Have they found Atlantis, the fabled sunken continent? And with global warming, are our own cities in danger of suffering the same fate? Risto Isomäki delivers a hard-hitting eco-thriller in The Sands of Sarasvati.
Words Without Borders, the online journal of literature in English translation, has published an issue devoted to contemporary Finnish literature.
In the midst of the freezing Nordic winter, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson walks into her school’s dark room and finds a stash of wet, crimson-colored money. Thousands of euros left to dry—splattered with someone’s blood.
“Limned in stark red, white and black, this cold, delicate snowflake of a tale sparkles with icy magic.” — Kirkus starred review
Former police sergeant Maria Kallio gladly left her tiny Finnish hometown of Arpikylä without looking back. But even though Maria despises the small town and the acrid smell from its now-closed copper mine, when Arpikylä’s sheriff asks her to serve as deputy sheriff for the summer, she agrees. But what should have been a quiet summer soon turns dramatic—and deadly.
After solving her first murder and leaving the Helsinki Police Department behind, Maria Kallio thought that a move to the neighboring city of Espoo would signal a fresh start. But when she discovers the strangled body of a new acquaintance, old habits die hard.
When Lia witnesses a disturbing scene on the way to her job as a graphic designer, she, like the rest of the city of London, is captivated and horrified. Whatever the costs may be, Lia cannot leave the unknown woman’s murder unsolved.
The first book in Leena Lehtolainen’s bestselling Finnish crime series starring Detective Maria Kallio, My First Murder offers hard-boiled realism from a female perspective.