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Title:
Behind God's back
Author:
Nykänen, Harri.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Jumalan selän takana. English
Publication Information:
London : Bitter Lemon Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
204 pages ; 20 cm.
Summary:
There are two Jewish cops in all of Helsinki. One of them, Ariel Kafka, a lieutenant in the Violent Crime Unit, identifies himself as a policeman first, then a Finn, and lastly a Jew. He's willing to risk his career to get an answer. Murky circumstances surround his investigation of a Jewish businessman's murder. Neo-Nazi violence, intergenerational intrigue, shady loans-- predictable lines of investigation lead to unpredictable culprits. But a second killing strikes closer to home, and the Finnish Security Police come knocking. The tentacles of Israeli politics and Mossad reach surprisingly far, once again wrapping Kafka in their sticky embrace.
General Note:
"First published in Finnish as Jumalan selän takana"--Title page verso.

Sequel to: Nights of awe.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781908524423
Format :
Book

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There are two Jewish cops in all of Helsinki. One of them, Ariel Kafka, a lieutenant in the Violent Crime Unit, identifies himself as a policeman first, then a Finn, and lastly a Jew. Murky circumstances surround his investigation of a Jewish businessman's murder. Neo-Nazi violence, intergenerational intrigue, shady loans - predictable lines of investigation lead to unpredictable culprits. But a second killing strikes closer to home, and the Finnish Security Police soon come knocking.


Author Notes

Harri Nykanen: Harri Nykanen (born in Helsinki in 1953 ) is a detective novel writer and was a long-time crime journalist for the largest Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. He won the Finnish crime fiction award "The Clue" both in 1990 and in 2001. His stories expose the underworld through the eyes of the criminal, the terrorist and, more recently, from the point of view of an eccentric Helsinki police inspector. He writes four different crime series and has written over 30 novels.

Kristian London: he lives in Helsinki. Translator of prose, including Nights of Awe by Harri Nykänen and The Trap by Marko Leino, and poetry.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Even though he is nonobservant, Detective Ariel Kafka of the Helsinki PD Violent Crimes Unit (Nights of Awe, 2012) knows just about everyone in the city's small Jewish community. So, when a prominent Jewish businessman is murdered, Kafka gets the case. Soon after the investigation begins, a Jewish lawyer, Kafka's brother's partner, is also murdered, and the threads of the investigation lead to Estonia, Russian mafiosi, and ultimately the top echelons of government, wealth, and power in Israel. Nykänen's tidy style is reminiscent of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels. Kafka and his associates pursue their case without drama, even after someone takes a shot at Kafka, but Nykänen saves an explosive plot turn for the final dozen pages. One charm of the novel is the sense of Finnish innocence and orderliness juxtaposed against a dodgy Estonia and an Israel that has more mafiosi than Sicily. Another is the reserve of Nykänen's Helsinki cops, who are able yet unmarked by the dirty business that foreigners bring to their patch.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Nykänen's intricately plotted second Ariel Kafka novel to be published in English (after 2012's Nights of Awe), the Helsinki Violent Crimes Unit cop looks into the shooting murder of Jewish businessman Samuel Jacobson, whose daughter he once dated. Jacobson's widow reveals that her husband recently engineered a major loan through Kafka & Oxbaum, a law firm owned by Kafka's brother, Eli, and a second cousin of theirs, Max Oxbaum. Kafka already knows that Eli and Max brokered their clients' loans from an Estonian company, Baltic Invest, which is owned by Israeli businessman Benjamin Hararin, a front man for Amos Jakov, who's believed to have links to the Russian mafia. Family ties and the tight-knit dealings within Finland's small Jewish community complicate the investigation, but the sympathetic Kafka manages to perform a delicate balancing act on his way to an unexpected resolution of the crime. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.