The Defenceless

The Defenceless

Book - 2015
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When an old man is found dead on the road - seemingly run over by a Hungarian au pair - police investigator Anna Fekete is certain that there is more to the incident than meets the eye. As she begins to unravel an increasingly complex case, she's led on a deadly trail where illegal immigration, drugs and, ultimately, murder threaten not only her beliefs, but her life. Anna's partner Esko is entrenched in a separate but equally dangerous investigation into the activities of an immigrant gang, where deportation orders and raids cause increasing tension and result in desperate measures by gang members - and the police themselves.Then a bloody knife is found in the snow, and the two cases come together in ways that no one could have predicted. As pressure mounts, it becomes clear that having the law on their side may not be enough for Anna and Esko. Chilling, disturbing and terrifyingly believable, The Defenceless is an extraordinary, vivid and gripping thriller by one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.
Publisher: West Dulwich, London : Orenda Books, 2015
Copyright Date: c2014
ISBN: 9781910633137
1910633135
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 20 cm

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Oct 22, 2018

The plight of immigrants in Finland continues as the theme in this second book of the series. Drugs, gang rivalries, and immigrants are tied to the murders and lead the detectives down an investigative path based on assumptions and stereotypes. The mystery unfolds slowly as the police interview suspects and lab reports gradually come in; theories change with the information flow. This low key approach seems more like real police procedure. The ending is ambiguous.

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