Awards: The Finnish Whodunit Society’s debut thriller of the year prize 2017
Rights sold to: Germany, Estonia, Iceland
Jo Nesbø meets Apocalypse Now in the Balkans: An action-packed page-turner about revenge, war, international crime – and love.
Jare Westerlund, an employee of the Finnish Embassy in Zagreb goes missing. The local police has no leads, except for the anonymous threats Westerlund has received before his disappearance. Daniel Kuisma from the Finnish Defence Forces is sent to investigate, along with Annika Lehto from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The investigation gets unexpectedly complicated when the mysteries of the past start to unravel on the stony shores of the Adriatic Sea.
Kuisma knows Croatia like the back of his hand from his days as a peacekeeper during the Yugoslav Wars, and it seems he has been waging a war of his own ever since. What really happened twenty years ago?
In the same war fought the Italian Antonio Franzo, who dodges a murder attempt in Dubrovnik. Soon he finds out that also the other men who took part in a secret operation during the war are in danger, amongst them one Finn.
The ministry has insisted on sending Lehto, a relatively inexperienced young official, on the mission. Is there more than meets the eye in the woman who stops the show with her beauty?
It all seems to boil down to a group called The Angels of Hammurabi. Who are they – and who is killing them off, one by one?
(Description by Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency https://www.ahlbackagency.com/author/max-seeck/ )