About The Defenceless
When an old man is found dead on the road – seemingly run over by a Hungarian au pair – police investigator Anna Fekete is certain that there is more to the incident than meets the eye. As she begins to unravel an increasingly complicated case, she’s led on a deady trail where illegal immigration, drugs and ultimately murder threaten not only her beliefs, but her life. Anna’s partner Esko is entrenched in a similarly dangerous investigation. As the two cases come together, it becomes clear that having the law on their side may not be enough.
After completing this book I see how it was awarded the best Finnish Crime Novel of 2014. Wonderfully written, thought-provoking as the widely controversial issue of immigration is addressed. Hiekkapelto’s smart narrative with immigration weaved throughout will cause the reader to consider their thoughts on this highly contentious topic regardless of your geographical location.
Anne Fekete is somewhat of an enigma. We learn just enough of her to stir our curiosity. She’s a competent investigator, respects her position but she struggles with her private life. She’s a woman who has carved a career with numerous sacrifices, she’s lonely and fighting to find her place as an immigrant yet at times feels Finnish. Her battles take a toll as she contends with these ongoing issues and her quest for inner peace and balance.
Hiekkapelto delivers more than a crime thriller, she does an exceptional job sketching characters, their challenges and position perplexing her audience. She draws enough of both plot and character back story’s sans dramatics to pique readers interest and curiosity.
Fantastic crime thriller from an authoress not lacking boldness and freshness. Kati Hiekkapelto adds diversity and sophistication to already well crafted noir.
Fans of crime thrillers craving more from the narrative and cast in a foreign setting, this is a must add to your TBR. This is the second installment in a series and it read fine as a standalone. I will be reading previous and following books in this series, huge fan of both author and character.
About Kati Hiekkapelto
Kati Hiekkapelto is a bestselling author, punk singer, performance artist and special-needs teacher. She lives on an old farm on the island of Hailuoto in Northern Finland with her children and sizable menagerie. Hiekkapelto has taught immigrants and lived in the Hungarian region of Serbia, which inspired her to write her highly regarded debut crime novel, The Hummingbird.
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Published December 1st 2015 by Orenda Book