Lucifer's Tears (Inspector Vaara Series #2)

Lucifer's Tears (Inspector Vaara Series #2)

by James Thompson
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Lucifer's Tears 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
pnfuab More than 1 year ago
LUCIFER’S TEARS by James Thompson.  Inspector Kari Vaara and his American wife Kate, in late stage of pregnancy after previously miscarrying twins, have returned to Helsinki after ‘SNOW ANGELS’ case; Vaara has been plagued by continuous headaches and insomnia for months; Kate’s brother and sister, both with problems of their own, arrive for a visit from U.S.; investigates complicated murder of wealthy married woman, which is hindered by superiors; also investigates possible involvement of Finish war hero and Vaara’s own grandfather in war crimes.  Just as good as SA; rating, 4 ½ stars.
Twink More than 1 year ago
I read James Thompson's first Inspector Vaara novel - Snow Angels- last year. I loved it and was thrilled to see the next book - Lucifer's Tears - in the series. Inspector Kari Vaara has moved from the far north of Finland to Helsinki. His American born wife Kate is expecting their child any day. Their first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage and Vaara is terrified that the same will happen again. He is trying to stay close to home and keep reasonable hours, but he is the new guy on the Homicide squad and he hasn't exactly been welcomed with open arms. He's on the graveyard shift with the other new guy- a wunderkid who seems a bit...off, somehow. But then again, so does Vaara. He and his new partner Milo are called out to what appears to be a domestic murder. A husband wakes up and realizes he's been sleeping with a corpse - his dead wife. He pleads innocence, that it's her lover they should be after, but the powers that be seem to have the case already solved - with the verdict they want. At the same time, the Interior Minister wants Vaara to investigate a 90 year old man for war crimes. He wants an innocent verdict, but Germany wants the man extradited as a Nazi war criminal. It gets more complicated when Vaara realizes he has a family connection to the old man's story. Vaara is battling crippling headaches, insomnia and corrupt leaders on every level. And his wife's brother and sister have just arrived from the US to help with the baby. They're not much help. Inspector Kari Vaara is just a great flawed character. He's highly intelligent, but sometimes acts without thinking. He constantly defies his superiors, but he gets results. His personal demons drive him, but he is a dedicated husband and soon to be father. Supporting characters are just as well drawn. Milo kept me off balance and I really disliked Kate's family. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. Nothing is straight forward and the two cases intersect in a way I didn't see coming. A word of warning to readers - the crimes are graphic in nature. The setting is yet another character. The history and politics of Finland play a large part in this book. I also found the culture and food references interesting. The cold and the weather are tangible as well. "My home, Finland. The ninth and innermost circle of hell. A frozen lake of blood and guilt formed from Lucifer's tears, turned to ice by the flapping of his leathery wings." James Thompson's story is interesting as well. He was born and raised in eastern Kentucky, but has lived in Finland for 12 years now. He is also fluent in both Swedish and Finnish. Fans of Michael Connelly would love Kari Vaara. Any yes - if you've finished all the Steig Larssons, you'd enjoy this series as well.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Police Inspector Kari Vaara now works homicide in Helsinki since his wife Kate detested living in his hometown. Kari has a lot on his plate with his pregnant wife only weeks away from giving birth after miscarrying last year. He is hurting mentally over the Sufia Elmi case that left his face scarred and physically from headache from a three-week long migraine with the end nowhere in sight. Worse than the headache is his new partner Milo who is a certified genius with a Dirty Harry gunslinger perspective. New to homicide, his office peers wonder if he will break solving a homicide. There hasn't been an unsolved homicide in decades Kari gets a chance to prove them wrong when he is assigned the torture murder of Lisa Filippov whose lover is arrested for killing his married mistress. His superiors order Kari to find evidence to hang the lover and look nowhere else, but Kari instead notices anomalies that lead him to believe the Finnish government is protecting the husband, influential Russian businessman arrogant Ivan Filippov, abetted by his mistress, who he believes likely committed the murder His other inquiry also has high government visibility as Germany demands the extradition of Finnish World War II hero Arvid Lahinen to stand trial for war crimes allegedly committed in Northern Finland. The Interior Minister demands Kari proves the hero is innocent so he cannot be deported; nothing condemning the hero is acceptable. .Lucifer's Angels is a super Finnish police procedural that quickly immerses the reader into the exciting story line. The audience learns much about Finnish society today and explosive events not found in history texts about Finland's role in WWII. Kari is a fascinating protagonist with personal issues and whose first two Helsinki investigations have big brother government telling him the acceptable outcome. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good story well drawn characters
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He chases after her and skids to a halt accidently buming into her.
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Waits cor riverclaw
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Wink wink