As they drive away in low gear, Pat attempts to negotiate the treacherous hill from the ranch to the Rio Grande. The gorge below seems like a gruesome black gash. Then, without warning, their car plummets madly toward the river’s brink, crashing to a dizzy, roaring halt.
A mysterious criminal is gliding through the winter dark of Helsinki and subjecting his victims to a series of unbearable embarrassments. Hermann Ångström leaves a young bride at the altar, disguises himself as a doctor and delivers false medical reports, sends a government official into a downward spiral of depression – it’s a veritable plague of shame. Ångström’s next target is impossible to predict, and his methods are growing ever more devious. Who is this man – also known as the Hämeenlinna humiliator – and what is his motive?
The case is assigned to Commissioner Vehmas, a widower who believes that the future is an illness and that police work is folk poetry. And though he’s seen it all, even Vehmas can’t seem to track down Ångström. Until serendipity steps in.
At once suspenseful and blackly comic, Crime Novel is a playful twist on Nordic crime fiction from one of Finland’s greats.
Petri Tamminen, born in 1966, worked as an editor at several Finnish newspapers. His highly acclaimed books include Elämiä (Lives), Piiloutujan maa (The Land of the Hiding), and Enon opetukset (What My Uncle Taught Me). He has been translated into numerous languages, including Czech, Danish, German, Slovene and Swedish.
‘Anything but your standard game of cat and mouse...’ Typographical Era
‘Nowhere are drunken stupor and truthfulness as important as in the Finnish art of storytelling, and no one has so intricately linked melancholy and farce as Petri Tamminen’ Literaturen
‘Tamminen can write sentences that immediately hit a nerve and throw the unprepared reader laughing from their chair. But the very next sentence can mesmerize with its beauty’ Forssan Lehti
In exotic Tangier, the well-known husband
and wife team of Pat and Jean Abbott discover that international drug
trafficking, plus greed and intrigue, invariably spell catastrophe for those
And very bad luck for a number of
free-loading beachcombers and expatriates who’d just about convinced themselves
that they never had it so good.
The Man in Gray was published in the United
Kingdom as The Gray Stranger
“ ‘Now, what’s an enologist?’ I asked the
dog. In reply he began to bark furiously and rushed at the front door. He
yowled as if in panic.”
An enologist is one who studies wine.
Daniel Vincent Willoz was one who studied wine until someone put a murderous
end to his enological practices. As is often the case, Willoz spent too much
time on enology and too little on toxicology. The good news is that Jean and
Pat Abbott are present to solve this fiendishly complex murder puzzle set in
Jack Ivers, an urban sophisticate with a particular fondness for wealthy women, lies peacefully in his bed, dead. This scenario is greatly convenient for the woman who finds him, as she was on the scene to kill him herself. More curious, the thirteen red tulips she noticed entering Ivers’ home had been replaced by thirteen white tulips before she made her exit.
A number of people had good reason to want Jack Ivers dead, and naturally it falls to Jean and Pat Abbott to solve the confounding case.
“Amusing and sophisticated.”—The [London] Star
“Fashion hints all over place. Smooth.”—The Saturday Review
“…has an authentic-seeming San Francisco background for the activities of its two happily married young sleuths and their dachshund, and is strong on personal relations, colour, dress and dialogue, and very nearly as strong on clues.”—The Sphere
“Brightly-told excitement, with good dressing and good food as you go along.”—Lady