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Publisher's Summary

Nominee: Glass Key Award for Nordic Crime Fiction 2013
Winner: Finnish Booksellers Laila Hirvisaari Grant 2012
Winner: Finnish Whodunnit Society Clue of the Year Award 2012
Winner: Kaarle Prize 2012, Nominee: Helsingin Sanomat Debut Prize 2012
Cold Blood. Cold Case. Cold Courage. The body of a young woman body is abandoned in a car boot in the middle of London as a warning to others. The police have no leads and no clues as to the identity of the victim. As weeks go by and the story drops from the headlines, it seems that Lia, who saw the discovery of the body from the bus on her way to work, is the only one who refuses to let the murderer go unpunished.
A chance encounter with the mysterious Mari gives Lia fresh hope that she can unravel the mystery. But just who is Mari? Can Lia trust her? Can Lia afford not to trust her?
In Lia and Mari, Finnish journalist Pekka Hiltunen has created two characters to care about. The London setting is detailed and contemporary. The mix of detection, moral dilemma and thriller adds a whole new sub-genre to 'Nordic Noir'.
©2011 Pekka Hiltunen (P)2013 Strathmore Publishing Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"'Rich in details, sure in its descriptions of London, and smoothly written – a stylish debut" (Turun Sanomat)
"Confident, unique and captivating" (Kaleva)
"Pekka Hiltunen hooks the reader of his new thriller from the very first page. The characters are likeable and credible. A very topical novel." (Apu)
"A quirky, unusual psychological thriller – evil gets its just rewards in a way which, while complex, is also often amusing and touching." (Kirjavinkit)
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By Juliet on 07-10-13

Plodding, implausible

The real mystery is how this ever got published. A weak and plodding attempt at a teenage version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, maybe? The narrator certainly seems to be reading to children. An implausible, rambling plot littered with unoriginal philosophy explained in wearying detail. My patience wore out in the first half - in which very little happened.

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By Jean Mcgee on 08-24-13

This one is to be avoided

I have downloaded and listened to dozens of books from Audible over the last few years and have never picked one which was as disappointing as Cold Courage.Within 10 minutes of listening I was intensly irritated both by the narrators voice and by the ridiculous premises on which the story is built.The characterisation is nonsensensical as are most of the actions within the story.I have never felt the desire to write a review before but I was so angered by this unbelievably silly book that I felt I wanted to warn other listeners of what is in store for them.Just don't waste your money on this one.

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By Mrs on 08-29-13

Most Disappointing

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Having read the initial blurb and suggested awards I was looking forward to another strong Scandinavian writer. I have been completely disappointed. Almost nothing happened in the fist third of the book apart from some very dubious strands of a forming friendship [it was described as a 'thriller']. When the action did begin it seemed as though the author was trying to find as many unbelievable happenings as possible and weave them together to make a plot. The beginning was boring, the ending stretched the imagination too far.

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By Scyanide on 02-13-16

Not bad

I love my suspense novels and I'm enjoying Scandinavian literature

This novel did have a few good twists to it but overall, wasn't quite my style.

Ms Gubbins' narration brought the book to life.

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