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Hummingbird
by Kati Hiekkapelto and David Hackston


Overview - Anna Fekete, who fled the Yugoslavian wars as a child, starts working as a criminal investigator in a northern Finnish coastal town, with her new partner, Esko, who doesn't bother hiding his racist prejudices. Anna's work as a criminal investigator barely gets off the ground before she is thrust into a high-profile, seemingly unsolvable case that has riveted the nation.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Anna Fekete, who fled the Yugoslavian wars as a child, starts working as a criminal investigator in a northern Finnish coastal town, with her new partner, Esko, who doesn't bother hiding his racist prejudices. Anna's work as a criminal investigator barely gets off the ground before she is thrust into a high-profile, seemingly unsolvable case that has riveted the nation. A young woman has been killed on a running trail, and a pendant depicting an Aztec god has been found in her possession. Another murder soon follows. All signs point to a serial killer, but can Anna catch the Hummingbird before he - or she - strikes again? Kati Hiekkapelto is a special needs teacher by training. She lives on an old farm on the island of Hailuoto in Northern Finland. This is her first novel. Translated from the Finnish by David Hackston. "Heikkapelto's brooding debut, a large-scale police procedural set in a small Finnish town. . . Promises tough and powerful crime fiction to come."--Publishers Weekly "A beautifully written and many-layered mystery novel that illuminates the dangers of prejudice, while still providing a major thrill ride."--Mystery Scene Magazine "Exceptionally well written and deftly crafted with a profusion of unexpected twists and turns."--The Midwest Book Review

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781909807563
  • ISBN-10: 1909807567
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 364
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hiekkapelto’s brooding debut, a large-scale police procedural set in a small Finnish town, tilts heroically at such vexing ills as racial prejudice, alcoholism, and domestic abuse. When Anna Fekete, a senior detective constable and an ethnic Hungarian escapee from war-torn Serbia, arrives back in Koivuharju, where she grew up as a refugee, two members of her new team prove friendly, but her surly and racist partner, Esko Niemi, disgusts her from the start of their two initial cases. In the first, a Kurdish immigrant girl, Bihar, fears that her family will kill her, and in the second, the shooting of a jogger mushrooms into a suspected set of serial homicides. Through Bihar’s scraps of first-person narrative, Hiekkapelto offers insights into the shortcomings of Finland’s welfare and immigration policies, while the main plot explores Anna’s battles with her professional insecurities and other personal problems. Anna’s slow and painful accommodation to her new life promises tough and powerful crime fiction to come. (June)

 
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