Debut psychological thriller by award-winning Finnish author Pekka Hiltunen. When Lia witnesses a disturbing scene on the way to work, she, like the rest of the city of London, is captivated and horrified. As the weeks pass and no leads are found, the story quickly disintegrates but Lia can't easily forget.
'Roll over Maigret. Commissaire Dupin has arrived. Death in Pont-Aven is a classic' M.C. Beaton A baffling murder in an idyllic French seaside village, a tangle of family secrets and a puzzling mystery await Commissaire Dupin in this captivating whodunit thriller. Commissaire Georges Dupin, a cantankerous, Parisian-born caffeine junkie, is dragged from his croissants and coffee one morning to the scene of a curious murder. Ninety-one-year-old hotelier Pierre Louis Pennec has been found dead on his restaurant floor. The killing shatters the peace of the Breton village of Pont-Aven - a seaside community where everyone knows one another and nothing much seems to happen. As Dupin's investigation proceeds, he uncovers a web of secrecy and silence that belies the village's idyllic image. The first in the Commissaire Dupin series, Death in Pont-Aven introduces the enigmatic policeman whose peculiar methods of detection raise more than a few eyebrows. Packed with the atmosphere of a beautiful seaside village, mouth-watering Breton cuisine and the smell of the Atlantic air, this is a spellbinding, subtle crime novel, full of wry humour and surprising twists. Over 700,000 copies sold worldwide.
The second instalment in Pekka Hiltunen's award-winning Studio series is an intelligent crime thriller pitting unlikely heroines against London's dark crime underworld. This sequel to the prize-winning Cold Courage, published by Hesperus in 2013, presents the second instalment in the Studio series by Pekka Hiltunen, celebrated Finnish crime author. Ultra-violent videos of murder and torture are being uploaded to the internet and when bodies start showing up on the streets of London, it begins to seem that the videos may be real and that a gruesome, exhibitionist killer is on the loose. The news catches the attention of Mari and Lia. Mari and Lia are two Finnish women living in London. Despite bonding over their shared expat identity, they have rather different backgrounds. While Lia is a graphic designer, Mari runs the mysterious 'Studio', a private crime fighting organisation that considers itself above the law. Taking matters into their own hands, they take on cases where the police have failed or are indifferent. Lia in time has slowly found her place in amongst this mysterious, morally motivated group of people who are not above employing underhand tactics to make sure that justice is served. Backed by high-tech gadgets and their team of fiercely loyal experts, the two women set about trying to stem the recent surge of violence and track down the murderer. But the stakes are high and Mari will have to risk much, even the lives of her companions, if she is to bring the perpetrator to justice.