Review: Snow Angels by James Thompson

Tuesday Feb 16 2010
by Jack

SNOW ANGELS by JimThompson

This curious hybrid novel is written by an American but set in Lapland above the Arctic Circle in the depths of winter.  This is not a setting that has been previously featured in much crime fiction.  The publishers seem pleased to feature a blurb suggesting that the novel has an American noir feel to it, although one suspects that most readers might have preferred a more Finnish flavour, particularly since Finnish crime fiction almost never gets translated into English.  The case that Finnish Inspector Kari Vaara has to solve involves the death of a beautiful Somali immigrant, hardly a typical murder victim beyond the Arctic Circle.  But without passing judgement on the Finnishness of the book, it does move along. 

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