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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.
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