Helsinki Blood

Helsinki Blood

Book - 2013
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The exceptional fourth thriller in the Edgar-nominated series featuring Inspector Kari Vaara.

A missing woman too unimportant to raise alarms . . . criminal masterminds too powerful to pursue. And when the system fails, Inspector Kari Vaara must dispense his own brand of justice.

Kari Vaara is recovering from the physical and emotional toll of solving the Lisbet Söderlund case when he's approached with a plea: an Estonian woman begs him to find her daughter, Loviise, a young woman with Down syndrome who was promised work and a better life in Finland . . . and has since disappeared.

One more missing girl is a drop in the barrel for a police department that is understaffed and overburdened, but for Kari, the case is personal: it's a chance for redemption, to help the victims his failed black-ops unit was intended to save, and to prove to his estranged wife, Kate, that he's still the man he once was. His search will lead him from the glittering world of Helsinki's high-class clubs to the darkest circles of Finland's underground trade in trafficked women . . . and straight into the path of Loviise's captors, who may be some of the most untouchable people in the country.

As Kari works his new case, a past one comes back to haunt him when powerful enemies return to settle unfinished business. In a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, he is propelled toward a reckoning in which the stakes are life or death . . . and only the victors will be left standing.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780399158889
Branch Call Number: THO
Characteristics: 306 pages ;,24 cm.

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coalbanks
Jan 18, 2015

Not his best work. Slow, unbelievable that characters of such skill as police would be so careless as to keep getting bombed, walking into obvius traps and escaping, time and again.

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lpreston214
May 22, 2014

After the horrendous crimes committed by police and politicians in Helsinki White, Kari needs to extricate himself from the black ops he agreed to. He was duped. All the money he got went into the pockets of crooked officials. Milo decides only drastic action can right things. On top of everything else Kari's family is in more danger than ever and Kate is a mental wreck. Can Kari save his marriage and his reputation--and all of their necks? I liked this book better than the last one but neither of these last two have been as atmospheric and good as the first two in the series. The author may be getting just a bit lazy. Instead of creating interesting characters it's all shoot-em-up.

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ardi
Jan 11, 2014

Throughly enjoyed this book. I regret I did not start with the first of the series. Interesting lead character and plot

Diell Sep 14, 2013

"Man Book" I agree with candle, I read one of his other books and thought he was worth following up on. This story is just blood, gore, booze, over sexed, over built, underage not yet women chasing after Varra and his friends. But of course he loves his wife and he's a good man. If you're into Norse Noire for me this has too much American in it. see comment by oldproof re: Lucifers Tears, it fits all the other books I've checked out.

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candle
Mar 29, 2013

Way too much blood and gore. I didn't enjoy reading it although I thought Angels In The Snow was good enough that I wanted to read more by this author. I'm sorry i bothered.

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