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Lucifer's Tears

Thompson, James (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lucifer's Tears
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Kari Vaara, physically and psychologically scarred a year after the Sufia Elmi case, investigates a ninety-year-old national hero for suspected war crimes, an effort that is complicated by the murder of a Russian businessman's wife.
Authors: Thompson, James, 1964-
Title: Lucifer's tears
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2011
Characteristics: 323 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: James Thompson
Summary: Kari Vaara, physically and psychologically scarred a year after the Sufia Elmi case, investigates a ninety-year-old national hero for suspected war crimes, an effort that is complicated by the murder of a Russian businessman's wife.
ISBN: 9780399157004
039915700X
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY THOMPSON 2011
Subject Headings: Police Finland Fiction Homicide investigation Fiction Helsinki (Finland) Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Police
Homicide investigation
LCCN: 2010037041
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Inspector Kari Vaara is pushed into investigating a 90-year-old national hero for war crimes committed during World War II. Finland's Interior Minister demands a conclusion of innocence, but Germany wants extradition. Vaara is also drawn into a current murder-by-torture case that has the past and... Read More »


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Jan 11, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was a very interesting book. The plot is fascinating and in the same league as Stieg Larsson: conspiracy and murder. I had trouble with the foreign language thrown in to the sentence. It really throws me off so I had trouble following the story when I have to stop and figure out why this word has been entered. Over all it was great!

Aug 15, 2013
  • kozakd rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked this second instalment of Kari's flawed and tortured life. He has past demons he can never really escape. The story is dark and even events that could be happy have a dark underbelly.

This is a poor representative of the genre of Scandanavian police novels. Thompson engages in rather coarse description of his subject matter, punctuates it with profanity and wraps that around a barely plausable story line. If you have a choice, choose Mankel, Nesbo, or Roslund among others.

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