Her Enemy

Overview

After solving her first murder and leaving the Helsinki Police Department behind, Maria Kallio thought that a move to the neighboring city of Espoo would signal a fresh start ? a chance to not only put her new law degree to use but to nurture her budding romance with Antti Sarkela. But when she discovers the strangled body of a new acquaintance, old habits die hard for the redheaded sleuth ? especially since the accused is not only the victim?s fianc? but a member of Antti?s ...

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Overview

After solving her first murder and leaving the Helsinki Police Department behind, Maria Kallio thought that a move to the neighboring city of Espoo would signal a fresh start — a chance to not only put her new law degree to use but to nurture her budding romance with Antti Sarkela. But when she discovers the strangled body of a new acquaintance, old habits die hard for the redheaded sleuth — especially since the accused is not only the victim’s fiancé but a member of Antti’s family.

Though she works as a legal counselor, Kallio soon finds herself unofficially investigating the murder, now labeled a sex crime. While Antti’s relative may have some peculiar sexual tendencies, Kallio doubts that the man she’s agreed to defend is capable of the crime. To crack the case, Kallio will have to pull back the curtain on Espoo high society…and uncover a secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden.

Her Enemy, the latest addition to Lehtolainen’s bestselling crime series, sends intrepid Detective Kallio into the dark side of human passion.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A strong lead character—obstinate, fearless, smart Maria Kallio—makes up for the rocky plot of Lehtolainen’s second mystery featuring the former cop and novice lawyer (after 2012’s My First Murder). Kallio, who practices near Helsinki, gets deeply involved in the murder of Armi Mäenpää, a recent acquaintance strangled outside her own home. Soon arrested is Mäenpää’s fiancée, Kimmo Hänninen, a hapless young man with quirky sexual habits. The suicide of Kimmo’s sister a year earlier is still fresh in people’s minds, and Kallio feels that somehow the sister’s death by drowning and Mäenpää’s murder are connected. In casting a wide net with her questioning, Kallio antagonizes just about everyone, including Mäenpää’s employer, an indiscrete gynecologist; her own boss, who has hidden some files she sorely needs; and most of Kimmo’s wildly dysfunctional family. An unconvincing conclusion won’t stop readers from wanting to see more of Kallio. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
Maria Kallio may have taken herself out of the Helsinki police, but she finds when she's confronted with another murder that she can't take the detective out of herself. No longer an officer with the Violent Crime Unit but not quite a lawyer yet either, Maria has moved in with math student Antti Sarkela while he works on his dissertation in the Tapiola region of Espoo. The setting may be idyllic, but the people aren't. When Antti brings Maria to a party given by the family his sister has married into, the vibe is awkward since the Hänninens are still mourning their daughter and sister Sanna, who drowned last spring shortly after downing serious quantities of alcohol and prescription drugs. Sanna's brother Kimmo has gotten engaged to Armi Mäenpää, a chatty nurse with boundary issues. So Maria isn't looking forward to having a heart-to-heart with her the day after the party. She's got nothing to worry about, though, because by that afternoon Armi is dead, strangled, presumably by someone who was worried about her big mouth. Ignoring the fact that she's no longer with the police, Maria makes the rounds of the obligatory suspects--mostly members of Kimmo's family--from Kimmo's father, Henrik, a businessman who's distant in more ways than one, to his much older half brother Risto, an engineer whose marriage won't bear close scrutiny. There'll be a trip to an S&M club Kimmo frequented and a climactic confrontation in which even the killer can't resist pointing out that Maria's no longer wearing a badge or carrying a gun. A routine whodunit in the mold of Christie and Sayers, both of whom are cited. Only Maria, outspoken and matter-of-fact, stands out from the crowd.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611099645
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Series: Maria Kallio Series , #2
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Leena Lehtolainen is Finland’s bestselling female crime author, first reaching international acclaim for her hit detective series starring Maria Kallio. In the mere twenty years since she began the series with My First Murder (1993), Lehtolainen has become a classic of Nordic crime literature – Lehtolainen has been called “Finland’s answer to Henning Mankel” (Brigitte), while her Maria Kallio series has been ascribed “cult status” (Bunte).

Lehtolainen twice won the annual prize for best Finnish crime novel, and has also been nominated for the prestigious Glass Key award for the best Nordic crime novel. Readers around the world continue to discover Lehtolainen’s detective novels – to date, over 2 million copies of her titles have been sold in numerous languages including German, French, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Hebrew, and Chinese, and the Kallio series has been adapted for television.

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