The Winter Of The Lions

Paperback | December 3, 2012

byJan Costin Wagner

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Every year since the tragic death of his wife, Detective Kimmo Joentaa has prepared for the isolation of Christmas with a glass of milk and a bottle of vodka to arm himself against the harsh Finnish winter. However, this year events take an unexpected turn when a young woman turns up on his doorstep.

Not long afterwards two men are found murdered, one of whom is Joentaa's colleague, a forensic pathologist. When it becomes clear that both victims had recently been guests on Finland's most famous talk show, Kimmo is called upon to use all his powers of intuition and instinct to solve the case. Meanwhile the killer is lying in wait, ready to strike again.

In Kimmo Joentaa, prizewinning author Jan Costin Wagner has created a lonely hero in the Philip Marlowe mould, who uses his unusual gifts for psychological insight to delve deep inside the minds of the criminals he pursues.

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Every year since the tragic death of his wife, Detective Kimmo Joentaa has prepared for the isolation of Christmas with a glass of milk and a bottle of vodka to arm himself against the harsh Finnish winter. However, this year events take an unexpected turn when a young woman turns up on his doorstep. Not long afterwards two men are fou...

JAN COSTIN WAGNER was born in 1972 in Langen/Hesse near Frankfurt. After studying German language, literature and history at Frankfurt University, he went on to work as a journalist and freelance writer. He divides his time between Germany and Finland (the home country of his wife). His first crime novel featuring Detective Kimmo Joent...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.67 inPublished:December 3, 2012Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099546434

ISBN - 13:9780099546436

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"The way the crimes are solved is intriguing, if unorthodox, as is Joentaa's relationship with a mysterious prostitute who follows him home from the police station." --Laura Wilson, Guardian"Excellent... this may be down to good translation, but Wagner's terse style is as crispy delineated as the figures he describes in the blank Finnish landscape. Snow-noir of the highest order." --Financial Times"With its neatly drawn Finnish settings this tale is unshowy but very good." --Mail on Sunday