Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Finnish Detective Novel from James Thompson

I've just learned that the latest detective novel by James Thompson is now available. It is named Helsinki White and features Inspector Kari Vaara. The new book is the third by Thompson with Vaara as the main character.

James Thompson, eastern Kentucky born and raised, has lived in Finland for over a dozen years and resides in Helsinki with his wife.  His debut novel, Snow Angels, was selected as a Booklist Best Crime Novel Debut of the Year and was nominated for the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Strand Magazine Critics award.  Before becoming a full-time writer, Thompson studied Finnish—in which he is fluent—and Swedish, and worked as a bartender, bouncer, construction worker, and soldier.

In addition to Snow Angels, Thompson has written Lucifer's Tears, also featuring Inspector Vaara. I have read both earlier books, and look forward to reading Helsinki White, as it combines my interest in detective novels and current-day Finland.

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