Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lucifer's Tears; James Thompson

Hardcover: 336 pages

Publisher: Putnam Adult (March 17, 2011)


The Sufia Elmi case left Kari Vaara with a scarred face, chronic insomnia, a constant migraine, and a full body count's worth of ghosts. Now it's a year later, in Helsinki, and Kari is working the graveyard shift in the homicide unit, terrified that his heavily pregnant wife will miscarry again after she lost the twins just after Christmas.

Kari is pushed into investigating a ninety-year-old national hero for war crimes committed during WWII. The Interior Minister demands a conclusion of innocence, preserving Finland's heroic perception about itself and its role in the war, but Germany wants extradition.

In a seeming coincidence, Kari is drawn into the murder-by-torture case of Iisa Filippov, the philandering wife of a Russian businessman. Her lover is clearly being framed for the crime--and Ivan Filippov's arrogance and nonchalance point the finger at him. But he's being protected from above, leading Kari to the corrupt corridors of power. Soon the past and present collide in ways no one could have anticipated.

My Review:

Omg. I tend to have a pretty bad mouth when I am not teaching, but GEEZ! Every few sentences in this book has some curse word in it! The curse words are the ones that even I blush when I say them out loud or I use acronyms for so that people who aren't in the know, don't know what they mean. Overall, the plot was juicy! Kari Vaara, a male inspector for the homicide division of the Helsinki police department, is the low guy on the totem pole. He is covering several cases throughout the book. The first is to investigate a WWII war hero to see if the Germans are right about the man accused, meaning did he commit the war crimes that they want him extradited for. The second is to investigate Iisa Filippov's murder by torture and prove her lover innocent. Kari is also trying to figure out why he has mind-numbing headaches, can't sleep, and feels guilty for leaving his very pregnant wife home without him. He's a cop, and a bear of a man on top of it. But this book shows that even men can worry about their wives and blame themselves for miscarriages. It is a fresh look into the life of a homicide detective with shots of his American wife, and her family as they come to stay with them in time for the new baby. It shows the cultural differences between Finland and America, as well as some of the downsides of both countries! It is a well-written book that I enjoyed immensely, except for the multiple curse words of course. Warning: there are graphic scenes depicted in the book of sex, torture, and S&M/fetish.

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Juju at Tales of said...

Doesn't sound for me but thanks for the great review. You made me giggle.

Jenny N. said...

Certainly not my usual read but I'm glad that you liked it.

Blodeuedd said...

I was already saying no thanks but then, Finland o_O Would sure like to see it's portrayed

Shannon O'Donnell said...

This doesn't sound like one I would like, but great review Liz. :-)

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

That much cursing distracts me a lot so it's hard to enjoy or get into the book. Thanks for the review though!

GMR said...

Whoa....really? Who'd have thought? I think most people have what I refer to as a "business filter" on their language when its needed....but yeah, who couldn't say a few choice words at times....but it sounds like this one might take it to extremes. Plot wise, sounds interesting...but I think I'll pass this time around. Great job on the review though!