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The 2009 Winner of the Best Finnish Crime Novel. An abandoned house in Northern Helsinki, a dead body in the garage. Detective Lieutenant Kari Takamki's homicide team gets a case that looks like a professional hit but they are perplexed by the crime scene. Takamki's trusted man Suhonen goes undercover as Suikkanen, a gangster full of action. In pursuit of the murderer, heThe 2009 Winner of the Best Finnish Crime Novel. An abandoned house in Northern Helsinki, a dead body in the garage. Detective Lieutenant Kari Takamki's homicide team gets a case that looks like a professional hit but they are perplexed by the crime scene. Takamki's trusted man Suhonen goes undercover as Suikkanen, a gangster full of action. In pursuit of the murderer, he must operate within the grey area of the law. But, will the end justify the means? Following in the footsteps of popular Scandinavian writers, Jarkko Sipila is introducing his critically acclaimed Takamki series in the United States....

Title : Helsinki Homicide: Against The Wall
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ISBN : 9780982444900
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 291 Pages
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Helsinki Homicide: Against The Wall Reviews

  • Chris
    2019-01-17 14:46

    It's not bad, but there is something missing. It's like a episode of Law and Order, but without the character of the city. I'm not sorry I read it, but I can't see myself buying the others in the series.On a side note, did something happen in Finland or Sweden with a police dog? Both this and Irene Huss make mention of a police man going to desk duty or leaving the force after the death of his canine partner. Is it because human cops don't get shot? What am I missing?

  • Olli Linnossuo
    2019-01-19 09:39

    Hyvä perusdekkari.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-18 13:37

    Okay. I'm not sure what the competition was like but . . . best Finnish Crime Novel of 2009. Really? I so wanted to like this book because doesn't a "Finnish Crime Novel" sound like it should be intriguing. I was expecting long dark nights, too much alcohol, and violence. However, I was pretty bored about halfway through. Like other reviewers, I had trouble keeping names straight but luckily there was a "cast of characters" list on the inside cover. Still, this felt like a movie script . . . very little information about the interior life of any character and no real sense of place. I was expecting something more along the lines of Peter Hoeg or Henning Mankell only Finnish but this was not it. I'm off to read Man From Beijing and get the taste of this out of my mouth. Too bad.

  • Jay
    2018-12-22 14:31

    The book was OK. The plot was good although the ending/resolution was kind of abrupt. What I missed was character development on the central character, Suhonen. We did not see his personal self like we do with Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole(Norwegian) and Jussi Alder-Olsen's character (Danish). Complaints from other reviewers about the number of characters being confusing were valid I think mainly because, to someone like me, not familiar with Finish names, they all look basically the same in print. Reading the book with an e-Reader helps resolve that issue. Also, the version of the book I downloaded to my e-Reader had a list of characters in the front. The book did not support X-Ray which I love on my Kindle Paperwhite. That really helps when you get confused. I will probably try another one of his books. Not may have been translated.

  • James Perkins
    2018-12-23 13:37

    This book was a fairly pedestrian police procedural with its main interest for me being that it was set in Helsinki. I'm sure the Finnish original was better, as the English version is somewhat lacking: it reads like a translation, with a few dodgy spelling mistakes and an awkward grammar that used short, simple sentences more suited to a high-school essay than an adult novel. Obviously styled for the American market, it employs street slang that sounds like it was picked up from 1940s gangster movies - for example, nobody goes to "the slammer" any more. Characterisation was a little wooden and featured well-worn stereotypes for both criminals and police. However, the story was engaging and kept me turning the pages, as the action took place on streets familiar to me. I might be convinced to read another book by this author, but I need to try one in its original Finnish.

  • Anna
    2019-01-04 16:43

    The second Takamäki book of the series I've read (i.e. I've only got the books in English).I don't feel like I know anything about Takamäki who is supposed to be the hero here.I don't feel any like or any hate (or anything at all) about any of the good guys or the bad guys. Not enough action, and not enough twists and turns to really consider this to be Nordic noir. Plain, quite straight, not really any humor either... (Unless it was stripped away in translation?). Like a carob bar when you wanted to get a piece of nice, dark chocolate. I am really missing how this book got all the awards.There were also some rather odd words here. "Beltway One" is what I can only imagine Kehä 1, which has also since it was built been known also as Ring I and Ring Road I. And the same goes for trams - when I went to high school in Helsinki, I took at tram, never a "streetcar". 1.75 *.

  • Carmen
    2018-12-31 09:38

    Actually a crime novel, but highly entertaining. This book was awarded the best Finnish crime novel of 2009, given to me for Christmas by my Finnish exchange student. I had always known how close Finland was to Russia, but never made the connection what an influence Russia had on Finland. Throughout this book, the criminals had ties to Russia. Either they were fencing for Russian criminals, they were acting with them, or they were influenced with them. The characters were a bit hard for me to follow, as the names seemed similiar to me and several had aliases, but that was my fault, not the book's. I'm not too familiar with Finnish names. But I did notice that almost the only guy who went by his first name had the same first name as my exchange student, Juha.

  • Kailey Curless
    2019-01-04 12:44

    I can see why the Helsinki Homicide series is popular. It combines a lot of elements that I like about detective novels. The english translation that I read does a lot of explaining of landmarks and other finnish things that I am sure were added for the benefit of an english speaking audience. Sometimes I found that more annoying than helpful, but I can understand why it was put there. All around a recommended read.

  • Niko Vantala
    2019-01-19 14:32

    Toinen lukemani Sipilän dekkari on edeltävän tyyliin helppolukuista ja realistista kuvausta. Tällä kertaa tosin keskitytään enemmän alamaailman kuvailemiseen kuin poliisitoiminnan. Henkilöhahmoja on myös enemmän ja vyyhdistä tulee hieman kimurantimpi kuin edeltävässä kirjassa (Kylmä jälki). Loppuratkaisu tulee hiukan äkkiä ja on suhteellisen yllätyksetön. Silti ihan hyvää lomaluettavaa, jolloin ei välttämättä kaipaa suurempia haasteita tai syvällisyyttä kirjalta.

  • Noora
    2018-12-24 11:45

    Toinen Sipilän kirja heti edellisen perään ja tämä oli ehkä hiukan parempi. Olen alusta asti pitänyt Sipilän henkilöistä eniten Suhosesta ja naispoliiseista ja tässä Suhonen olikin pääosassa. Takakannen perusteella odotin ehkä vielä vähän monimutkaisempaa kuviota juonellisesti, mutta oli tämäkin ihan ok. Ei tosin ehkä aivan sitä, mitä takakansi antoi odottaa. Ihan jees kirja kuitenkin iltalukemisena, vaikka aiheuttikin levottomia ja kummallisia unia.

  • Antonio
    2018-12-21 13:41

    An interesting crime novel. Even very safe and quiet cities as Helsinki, have a dark side, interestingly pictured by Sipila. It is also outstanding how policemen described in the novel perceives their own work. For example, the violent crime inspector declared that his work is very easy, as almost always the murders go by themselves to the nearest police station and declare its guilty.

  • Margaret Sankey
    2018-12-27 10:17

    This police procedural from Finland has all of the basic DNA--undercover guy with a leather jacket and a sullen ex-wife, shady criminal defense lawyers, nosy journalists, obstreperous civil servants, bad coffee and prison gangs, but adds elements unique to Finland, like the sauna gripe session about EU laws, Russian organized crime and the omnipresence of Nokia cell phones.

  • Marika Oksa
    2018-12-23 11:16

    Kuuntelin (taas yhden) komisario Takamäki -äänikirjan. Tai nämä ovat pikemminkin ataripoliisi-Suhonen alias Suikkanen -kirjoja, kun Suhonen on esillä Takamäkeä enemmän. Työmatkojen taattua viihdykettä. Ei liikaa raakuuksia, poliisit ahertaa työssään ja samat pikkurikolliset tuntuvat putkahtavan esiin joka kirjassa.

  • Cateline
    2018-12-23 11:43

    I hate to star rate this book, I stopped about 60-odd pages in, just unable to settle into it. The book seems to be a bit disconnected. Not saying I won't go back, but can say it won't be for a while.In fairness, I'll rate it average.

  • Hans
    2018-12-24 11:26

    Best Finnish crime novel 2009 - I am not sure if my experience is explained by me or that the finns write in a strange way. OK plot, but I struggled keeping the names apart and was it really exciting?

  • Ken Fredette
    2019-01-12 16:21

    The book was hard to understand as an American because of the names starting with S's. Confusing to get through. Until near the end when it makes sense. If we could recognize names that were similar it wouldn't be Finnish though.

  • Denise
    2018-12-29 10:31

    A solid crime novel that kept me entertained but didn't really suck me in. Not having read anything else by the author, I can't say whether the somewhat sparse and bland writing style was more the author's or the translator's, but it didn't exactly impress.

  • Mysterytribune
    2019-01-20 10:30

    Action-packed with very little fluff...very much like CSI movie in terms of scenes...(not from forensic perspective). Read our review here:

  • Angelina
    2019-01-15 15:22

    Finnish crime seems pretty unusual compared with U.S. crime. Police more humane, that is, if portrayed honestly. Translations into English are somewhat difficult to find.

  • Tony
    2019-01-21 14:26

    Interesting read. Police differences are notable.

  • Timo
    2019-01-17 16:46

    My first Sipilä ever. And I was immediately sold. I really have to look for more this intense author. Great stuff.

  • Edie
    2018-12-26 12:23

    Good story but the abundance of Finnish characters made it difficult to follow.

  • Dan Klimaszewski
    2019-01-04 11:42

    Good Scandinavian mystery. Not quite as dark as some. Would read this author again.

  • Reetta Saine
    2018-12-29 12:40

    Basic stuff. Not bad, not great. If you want to know how Finnish mobsters live or how the police actually works - this is for you!

  • Laura Walin
    2019-01-05 14:20

    Tämä sarjan kahdeksas tuntuikin sitten edellisen huippudekkarin jälkeen ihan tavalliselta. Sellaiselta kaavamaisemmalta ja sarjakuvamaisemmalta. Ei jättänyt mitään pysyviä muistijälkiä tämä.