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The Defenceless
by Kati Hiekkapelto and David Hackston


Overview - Chilling, disturbing, and terrifyingly believable, an extraordinary thriller by one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction

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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Chilling, disturbing, and terrifyingly believable, an extraordinary thriller by one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction

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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781910633137
  • ISBN-10: 1910633135
  • Publisher: Orenda Books
  • Publish Date: December 2015
  • Page Count: 320
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds

Series: Anna Fekete #1

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Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Crime
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-02-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Hiekkapelto’s effective sequel to 2014’s The Hummingbird, Senior Constable Anna Fekete’s background as a Hungarian expat comes in handy when she investigates a seemingly prosaic case. Gabriella Farkas, a Hungarian au pair resident in Finland for 10 months, has been taken into custody after running over an unidentified old man on a road near Kangassara. Though Anna’s recall of her native language is spotty, she’s able to develop a rapport with Gabrielle. The young woman claims that the dead man was lying in the street before she struck him, unable to stop her car in time. Anna must figure out whether the victim was dead beforehand, who he was, and what led to his being on the road late at night. Her inquiry is complicated by Gabriella’s request for emotional support to deal with her trauma, which Anna agrees to, despite her concerns that she’s crossing a line. Hiekkapelto sensitively portrays Anna’s search for meaning in her life. (Apr.)

 
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