An abandoned house in Northern Helsinki, a dead body in the garage. Detective Lieutenant Kari Takamäkis homicide team gets a case that looks like a professional hit but they are perplexed by the crime scene.
Takamäkis trusted man Suhonen goes undercover as Suikkanen, a gangster full of action. In pursuit of the murderer, he must operate within the grey area of the law. But, will the end justify the means?
Following in the footsteps of popular Scandinavian writers, Jarkko Sipila is introducing his critically acclaimed Takamäki series in the United States.
Jarkko Sipila is a Finnish author and journalist. He has been reporting Finnish crime news for MTV3 TV News and the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper for almost 20 years.
Helsinki Homicide: Against The Wall, the winner of the 2009 Finnish Crime Novel of the Year Award, is the first of Jarkko Sipila's nine Takamäki-novels to be translated into English. Through realistic characters and complex plots, the author discusses current topics surrounding Finnish society and unveils glimpses into his homeland.
Review by Ulla Suokko for New World Finn: ...this book is skillfully composed and intelligently written in its slow-moving tough-guy tenor. True to his genre, Mr. Sipila hooks the reader by zooming through the windows of a tight timeline and feeding the pieces of the murder puzzle bit by bit through the eyes and minds of his characters...
Peter Ohlsson - Scandinavianbooks dot com: ....Against the Wall is very well plotted. It is written is a slow-moving and direct style. Pieces of the puzzle and the larger plot become visible gradually, and this serves to build the excitement towards a plausible and interesting ending. As well, the characters, while not being fully drawn, are realistic and very interesting. I enjoyed reading it, and strongly recommend it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a hard hitting police procedural set in the Finnish capital city. It portrays a seamy underworld of corrupt businessmen, civil servants, petty crooks and gangs, exposing a side of contemporary Finnish society unfamiliar to most non Finns. The author is a Helsinki journalist - the factual rather than psychological style reflects his newspaper experience.
Unlike some recent popular nordic crime novels in which the protagonists are characterized by personal, family and/or health problems, these are not addressed here. And instead of one main police investigator the emphasis is on a team approach. No sexual distractions were noted. The English translation was well done, though one jarring Finnish grammatical usage did come across in the text. The Helsinki milieu was realistic and convincingly described.
I found this book a fast moving page-turner and can recommend it to those readers that enjoy this genre of crime fiction whether or not they are familiar with...
I really enjoyed this book. Suhonen, to me, is like a Bond like figure, doing what he has to do to get the job done and has that knack of always knowing what the criminal is going to do before they do it. The book moves along very quickly and is a page turner. Once you get the characters down, (the one page character list in the front is a big help), then it is very hard to put it down. A must read and it will inform you of current Finnish issues. AWESOME
"I really enjoyed this book. The story is very good, the plot carries along very nicely, with twists and turns. The author doesn't spend a lot of time on irrelevent details, but tells the story very well. The characters are reaslistic and interesting. I really also enjoyed reading and learning what is going on in modern day Finland through the story. The only negative was some of the Finnish names were a bit difficult to follow. Overall five stars!"
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