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James Thompson, eastern Kentucky-born and -raised, has lived in Finland for more than a dozen years; he now resides in Helsinki with his wife. His debut novel, Snow Angels, was selected as a Booklist Best Crime Novel Debut of the Year and was nominated for Edgar(R), Anthony, and Strand Magazine critics awards. Before becoming a full-time writer, Thompson studied Finnish--in which he is fluent--and Swedish, and worked as a bartender, bouncer, construction worker and soldier. He is also the author of Lucifer's Tears, also in the Inspector Vaara series.
"The narrative is exquisitely quick...hard to put down."--Houston Chronicle "Thompson's style is on the dark end of the 'Nordic Noir' spectrum. The genre -- with its stark and often violent police procedurals -- has proved wildly successful...The marquee names have come from Sweden -- think Stieg Larsson's Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, or Henning Mankell's Wallander series -- but Norway's Jo Nesbo and Iceland's Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardottir have also made their mark with international readers. Thompson stands out from that crowd by writing in English and telling Vaara's gritty narrative in the first person. "--The New York Times "In his dozen years of living in Finland...Thompson has absorbed enough cold, dark atmosphere for a spot on the roster of top Nordic crime writers--Mankell, Nesbï¿½, Indrioason and the like."--The New York Post "A must-read for fans of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell."--Booklist "The laconic voice of Inspector Kari Vaara is at the same time dangerous and human, his world cold, barren, yet intriguingly exotic."--Peter Hï¿½eg, New York Times bestselling author of Smilla's Sense of Snow