The Winter of the Lions

The Winter of the Lions

By (author) Jan Costin Wagner , Translated by Anthea Bell

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Every year since the death of his wife, Detective Kimmo Joentaa prepares a glass of milk and a bottle of vodka to arm himself against the isolation of Christmas and the harsh Finnish winter. But this Christmas Eve, his lonely routine is interrupted: first by the unepxected arrival of a damaged young woman and then by the murder of two men - one of them Joentaa's colleague on the police force.

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 199.58g
  • 01 Apr 2015
  • VINTAGE
  • London
  • English
  • 0099546434
  • 9780099546436
  • 425,422

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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 Joentaa was Ice Moon (2006) and Silence (2010) is the second in the series. Silence won the 2008 German Crime Prize.

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"Excellent ... Wagner's terse style is as crisply delineated as the figures he describes in the blank Finnish landscape. Snow-noir of the highest order" Financial Times "Many authors claim to be influenced by Raymond Chandler but Jan Costin Wagner's work actually shows the master's touch" Globe and Mail "Wagner is excellent at letting us peer into the abyss of grief powering this story and the build of its finale has you flicking anxiously through the pages" Metro "Ethereal...a haunting book" -- Maxine Clarke Eurocrime "With its neatly drawn Finnish settings this tale is unshowy but very good" Mail on Sunday

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Ethereal...a haunting book

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‘Excellent... 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 Every year since the death of his wife, Detective Kimmo Joentaa prepares a glass of milk and a bottle of vodka to arm himself against the isolation of Christmas and the harsh Finnish winter. But this Christmas Eve, his lonely routine is interrupted: first by the unexpected arrival of a damaged young woman and then, by the murder of two men – one of them Joentaa’s colleague on the police force. ‘Wagner is excellent at letting us peer into the abyss of grief powering this story and the build of its finale has you flicking anxiously through the pages’ Metro ‘Many authors claim to be influenced by Raymond Chandler, but Jan Costin Wagner's work actually shows the master's touch’ Globe and Mail (Canada) ‘Ethereal…a haunting book’ Maxine Clarke, Eurocrime

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