The Defenceless Kati Hiekkapelto

51nXEvkwXYL._AA160_Pub: Orenda

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 complex case, she’s led on a deadly trail where illegal immigration, drugs and, ultimately, murder threaten not only her beliefs, but her life.

Anna’s partner Esko is entrenched in a separate but equally dangerous investigation into the activities of an immigrant gang, where deportation orders and raids cause increasing tension and result in desperate measures by gang members – and the police themselves. Then a bloody knife is found in the snow, and the two cases come together in ways that no one could have predicted. As pressure mounts, it becomes clear that having the law on their side may not be enough for Anna and Esko.

This is a cracking read.

A man is found dead presumably run over by an Au pair. Police Investigator Anna Fekete soon realises that she has a case that doesn’t seem quite right.

Her partner Esko also has a case involving drugs and immigrants, and it soon becomes clear that both their investigations may be connected.

Kati Hiekkapelto’s topic for her novel is of a current world issue. With racism, gangs and even asylum rearing it’s ugly head.  She captures a very deep and thought provoking picture of Finland and it’s way of life. The descriptions are quite distinct which makes this an involving tale. The snow and cold really does get to you.

A lot goes on this pacy novel and Anna is a likable character, her companion Esko is a ‘mans man’ and some of his views are quite un-PC.

It is very cleverly written with twists and turns galore. I felt quite worn out reading it. It really is a satisfying read.

5*/5

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