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There s a great myth believed by nearly everyone that Finland is corruption free Police and politicians are scripture pure dedicated to the good of the nation beyond all things Foreigners even write about it in travel guides for tourists That s Kari Vaara telling us about his country in the first pages of James Thompson s new novel Helsinki White Shortly thereafter he goes on to say I un a heist gang I m a police inspector shakedown artist strong arm specialist and enforcerThree months ago I was an honest copWhat a way to kick off a bookSnow Angels James Thompson s first novel to feature Vaara as a protagonist was named by Booklist as one of the ten best debut crime novels of 2010 and was nominated for both an Edgar and an AnthonyHis second Lucifer s Tears was included in Kirkus s List of the Best Novels of 2011 And anyone who knows Kirkus also knows that they e the toughest critics that ever there were or areNow Thompson has given us th Sigh I didn t like itThe thing that made me come back to the Kari Vaara books was Kari Vaara himself He wasn t in this book not the Kari Vaara I likedSadly I think this wasn t a thriller at all It was a political book with an agenda Very very Americanized It s clearly aimed at American public A Finn like me just gaped at the interpretation of our country and its people Okay I know it s fiction but I was insulted by the picture painted of some thinly disguised politicians It just wasn t believableIt wasn t a book about the country where I live Nor about the Helsinki I love It was well Chicago New York whatever moved to Finland The things described in the book can very well happen over there set here they just sound idiculous I found the picture of my country oversimplified and seen through malevolent eyes Book Info Genre MysteryNoirReading Level AdultRecommended for Fans of dark mysteries well told stories surprises galore good charactersTrigger Warnings murder vigilantism hate speech n word hate crimes torture drug use and abuse drug dealingAnimal Abuse cat murder x4 I liked Arvid but I don t think I can forgive him for murdering four grieving cats A dog a Fila Brasileiro attacks the group and is hit with a azor tipped cane and Tasered its leg put in a tourniuet and they then threaten to amputate its leg There is no follow up as to how badly injured the dog isMy Thoughts This book takes place about 5 months after the end of the previous one or at least the bulk of it does There is a long flashback segment that covers most of those five months Despite the overall ugliness of this story and have no doubt about it it s very ugly I enjoyed this one the most I think it s because Vaara s emotional flatness made everything so intellectually interesting to him everything is told with dispassion that helps to distance the eader to a large extent I also often found myself laughing at the nonsense that the haters would say I know it isn t funny but honestly you have to laugh at this stuff if you don t want to cry Do these people even ealize how idiculous they sound I was disappointed in how things ended with Moreau I ather liked him but like every book so far in this series this one is absolutely full of surprisesI m even desperate to continue this series now I want to know what. Two days after their daughter is born Kari Vaara drops a bombshell on his American wife Kate He has a brain tumor and he's been handpicked to un a ogue black ops unit using crime to fight crimeAfter ecovering from surgery he gets to work The black ops unit is small and eports directly to Finland's national chief of police They have secre.
Happens next I m hoping for the best but expecting the worst as that seems to be the way this series is going However speaking for the series as a whole now I can highly ecommend it to those who enjoy their murder mysteries dark their characters interesting if not necessarily nice and their stories well told Be sure to check them out if you haven t alreadySeries Information Helsinki White is the third book in the Inspector Vaara seriesBook 1 Snow Angels eview linked here where formatting allowedBook 2 Lucifer s Tears eview linked here where formatting allowedBook 4 Helsinki Blood I do not have but it is on my wishlistDisclosure I eceived a paperback galley from Vine in exchange for an honest eview All opinions are my ownSynopsis from the back of the book Two days after their daughter is born Kari Vaara drops a bombshell on his American wife Kate he s been handpicked to un a ogue black ops unit using crime to fight crime But Kari s team is too good and their actions have unintended conseuencesMeanwhile Finland oils with hatred as its most extreme ight political party gains popularity despite having no agenda besides xenophobia When the country s leading immigrants ights advocate is assassinated the president assigns Kari to the case Cracking it will involve the unsolved kidnapping of a billionaire s children a Faustian bargain with a former French Legionnaire and Kate Having ead and loved the first two books in the Inspector Vaara series by James Thompson I was excited to eceive a copy of the latest book Helsinki White Inspector Vaara is a complex fascinating character a stoic man of principle married to an American ex pat living and working in the harsh winter environment of Finland The political atmosphere ivals that of the elements Finland is experiencing an onslaught of immigrants from Somalia the Arab nations and muslims And this predominantly insular nation finds itself needing police enforcement to curb the angry sometimes violent manifests against these immigrantsAnd that is why I liked the character of Inspector Vaara In the first 2 books he solved the heinous murders of Somalians and saved a school of children from a psycho with a gun He s a national hero not an angel by no means but a decent cop and loving family man Until this bookA new father ecently diagnosed with a benign brain tumor Vaara is offered a dream job unning a black ops unit to fight human trafficking He can t esist He and his partner Milo a talented computer hack and a two fisted civilian goon strangely named Sweetness make up the unit They break into the homes of criminals steal their money and drugs bug their phones and computer software leave incriminating evidence share the profits with the their police commissioner and Vaara goes home to change his daughter s diapers His unit is uite effective but he has become as his wife succinctly points out a dirty copThis new Vaara commiting crimes to fight crime is acceptable until he has his brain surgery It unfortunately leaves him emotionally and empathetically vacant He is unable to feel love or happiness for his family and must practice smiling in front of a mirror to maintain any pretense of the former Vaara When Sweetness pounds a dealer until he is bloody and his tee. Cy autonomy and the cash to buy all the high tech gear Soon the unit is cleaning house obbing Helsinki's mobsters blind of their cash dope and illegal firearms But Kari's team is too good and their actions have unintended conseuences Meanwhile Finland oils with hatred as its most extreme ight political party gains popularity despite havin.
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Th are on the ground Vaara feels no evulsion And he definitely feels no emorse for the increasingly criminal behavior of his unit The man has lost his moral compass and this vacant shell with antisocial tendancies is what makes him intolerable to the eaderYes there are times he has doubt about his actions and lack of emotion but it is fleeting and superficial He can tell his wife the bloody details of everything the unit does and she even benefits from the outcome but he can t tell her the surgery has left him joyless and indifferent If Vaara was truly torn by the political violence in his country and the eprehensible acts commited by his team his character would be sympathetic and flawed Helsinki White makes him a sociopathThompson s comprehension that Finns no longer hate in silence and have become a nation of social and political xenophobes is the background of his novels especially this one His adopted country s aggressive stance against immigration mirrors that of America including even the existence of a growing political party that unfortunately esembles the Teabaggers This element fleshes out the story significantly it helps the eader understand why a good cop would want to fight against this growing tide of acial hatred But it does not justify why a national hero and loving family man becomes a morally epugnant ogue with a badgeI know the series will continue and I want to ead the next book I need to see if Vaara ealizes what he has lost and if he will ectify his actions He may be able to fight the criminal element but I would ather he not be part of the problem Kari Vaara is a cop in Finland whose wife Kate just had a baby girl and he is ecovering from surgery to emove a brain tumor The operation has left him with a loss of emotion something his brother assures him will pass Now that he is back at work his boss wants him to un a ogue unit and he is allowed to pick his own team Sweetness is the muscle of the group while Milo is the computer expert They fall easily into their job of stealing drugs guns and money from thugs putting trackers on the cars of drug dealers so they can ob them again Kari had thought he would be doing something goodrescuing young girls who are being forced into prostitution but convinces himself that cutting the legs out from under criminals is just as good Kari has a lot of dirt on the higher ups but ealizes that he and his team are also under surveillance There is an unsolved kidnapping case involving a billionaire s kids as well as the suspicious aid of a former French LegionnaireKate eluctantly agrees that Kari should work with this special unit even though he now is basically a dirty cop Arvid is back the elderly man who had served in the military with Kari s grandfather He has taken a liking to Kate and the babyKari s boss Jyri isn t to be trusted but Kari has enough on him to keep him in line It s difficult to keep track of who s stabbing who in the back who to trust while trying to keep one step ahead of the powers that be Thompson gives an inside look into the political atmosphere in Finland as well as the culture Kate is drawn into Kari s dangerous life and almost loses her own which forces her to make a decision that will impact both of their live. G no agenda besides xenophobia When the country's leading immigrants' ights advocate is assassinated and her head sent by mail to the Finnish Somalia Network the president assigns Kari to the murder Cracking this case will involve the unsolved kidnapping of a billionaire's children a Faustian bargain with a former French legionnaire and Kat.
Jim has suddenly passed away on August 1 2014With his first internationally published novel Snow Angels James Thompson proved himself Finland’s best and most popular representative in the rise of Nordic noir It was selected as one of Booklist’ s Best Crime Novel Debuts of the Year and nominated for an Edgar Award an Anthony Award and a Strand Critics Award His novel Lucifer’s Tears has r