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Jan Costin Wagner
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Księżyc z lodu (Kimmo Joentaa #1)

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Kimmo Joentcie, fińskiemu komisarzowi policji z Turku, umiera ukochana żona. Kimmo traci sens życia, a w jego głowie coraz częściej gości myśl o samobójstwie... Ratuje go sprawa tajemniczej śmierci młodej kobiety, uduszonej we śnie. Kimmo czasem wydaje się, że ofiarą jest jego żona, ale właśnie to, o dziwo, przywraca go do rzeczywistości i pozwala skutecznie wykonywać służ ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published November 2007 by Czarna Owca (first published January 1st 2005)
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This was an interesting book, where the protagonist police officer investigates a serial killer while trying (unsuccessfully) to deal with the death of his wife. It is really almost more a study death and loss than a true murder mystery drama. I did find it a good read, but was a bit unsatisfied with the ending, it really did not feel right to me how the case was ultimately resolved. Hopefully the next in the series will be a bit better. However, that being said, the author does instill in the r ...more
Ellen Keim
The main character is struggling to come to terms with his wife's death while trying to solve murders that seem to be linked. Because his grief is so severe he is operating at a deficit yet he still manages to figure out who committed the murders and why.

The author subtly uses the murders as a device to cause both the main character and the reader to contemplate and explore the meaning of death. The writing isn't elegant--it may have suffered some in translation--but it is expressive. I really f
Britta Söpper
Wer die Güte eines Krimis daran bemisst, wieviel Raum der Suche nach dem Täter und der Lösung des Falles gegeben wird, wird sicherlich von diesem Buch enttäuscht sein. Eismond lebt vielmehr von der bizarren Parallele, dass sowohl der Inspektor, der seine geliebte Frau verloren hat, wie auch der Täter, den Verlust geliebter Menschen nicht akzeptieren wollen und versuchen die Grenze zwischen Leben und Tod auf ihre ganz eigene Weise zu überwinden. Mit einer ruhigen und kargen Sprache gelingt es dem ...more
This is an incredibly sad, beautifully written book. It's almost as much about the atmosphere as it is the mystery. This is our introduction to Kimmo, a detective who's lost his young wife a week earlier. He takes on a personal interest in this case as he tries to move on with his life.

This is a great introduction to these characters, most of whom are easy to relate to. The mystery part is a little vague, and it took me a while to figure out the shifting perspectives he was writing in (though I
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In Eismond geht es um Verlust, um Abschiednehmen und nur ganz nebenbei um Mord.
Die Stimmung in diesem Kriminalroman sehr drückend und schwer. Dominiert wird das Buch durch den Verlust der Frau des Protagonisten. Die Stimmung ist die richtige für ein Drama, die pure Melancholie, aber für einen Kriminalroman ist diese in diesem Umfang falsch am Platz.
Dem Leser wird bis zum Ende nicht eröffnet warum der Täter drei Personen tötet, obwohl man es sich mit etwas sozialer Kompetenz schon vorstellen kann
Uwe Hook
Loss and the human ways we attempt to come to terms with it is the focus of this absorbing psychological mystery, Wagner's third novel and the first available in English translation, set in the Finnish town of Turku. A week after his wife dies of Hodgkin's disease, Det. Kimmo Joentaa feels compelled to return to work to investigate the murder of a young woman smothered in her own bed while her husband was away. Only a valueless painting appears to have been stolen. A second murder, just as puzzl ...more

Dans une chambre d’hôpital, l’inspecteur Kimmo Joentra, âgé d’une trentaine d’années, voit mourir sa femme Sanna, vingt-cinq ans, terrassée par une maladie de Hodgkin. D’abord anesthésié par le choc, Kimmo sombre dans un chagrin terrible, à la fois mutique et furieux, traversé d’hallucinations. Dès le lendemain, il est pourtant chargé par son supérieur d’une affaire de meurtre : une jeune femme retrouvée étouffée pendant son sommeil dans sa villa, sans effraction ni vol – à l’exception d’un peti
Recently finished, ICE MOON by Jan Costin Wagner was an unexpected pleasure. It seems that Wagner has a bit of a reputation in his homeland of Germany for turning the "traditional" form of crime fiction on its head and if that's the case then he's done it again with ICE MOON.

Whilst there is murder, and an obviously very disturbed serial killer, in many ways ICE MOON is more an exploration of grief. The book opens with Finnish detective Kimmo Joentaa confronted with the death of his young wife fr
Police detectives who inhabit Scandinavian police procedurals tend to be an introspective and often morose group. Detective Kimmo Joentaa of the Criminal Investigation Department based in Torku, Finland amplifies this image tenfold as he struggles to survive an emotional tsunami created by the death of his wife, Sanna, in the opening chapter of Jan Costin Wagner’s Ice Moon. So the murder of Mrs. Ojaranta while her husband claims to have been away on business provides some escape from the void th ...more
Iowa City Public Library
From my earlier post about Scandinavian mysteries I know there are a fair number of people who read this narrow "genre" out there and I have another title for them. I have recently read, Ice Moon by Jan Constin Wagner. The author is really German, but he is married to a Finn and this police procedural (his first of three published novels to be translated) is set in Finland. There isn’t much physical action, but the psychological drama is very intense. The Finnish detective, Kimmo Joentaa (I migh ...more
Dans une chambre d’hôpital, l’inspecteur Kimmo Joentra, âgé d’une trentaine d’années, voit mourir sa femme Sanna, vingt-cinq ans, terrassée par une maladie de Hodgkin. D’abord anesthésié par le choc, Kimmo sombre dans un chagrin terrible, à la fois mutique et furieux, traversé d’hallucinations. Dès le lendemain, il est pourtant chargé par son supérieur d’une affaire de meurtre : une jeune femme retrouvée étouffée pendant son sommeil dans sa villa, sans effraction ni vol – à l’exception d’un peti ...more
Because the German writer Jan Costin Wagner's wife is Finnish, the couple spend some time every year in Finland, that melancholy country of wood, despair and loneliness. This lends considerable authenticity - as far as I can make out (I might be falling into a stereotypical trap that I am unaware of) - to the descriptions of the town in which the grieving policeman Kimmo Joentaa lives and works. In Ice Moon, he has lost his beloved wife and is barely able to function, every day sinking deeper in ...more
I had a problem understanding or relating to this book. It is definitely a murder and police procedural mystery, but it is also a psychological mystery and those elements were very strong. It was not a cut and dried thing, and certainly not the hard-boiled detective story. I wish I could have rated it higher. The Finnish was of real interest to me. My grandfather was born in Turku and the lakes and forests sounded as I would like to hear and know. Alot would probably like this book, but I guess ...more
Martin Clark
This book is classified as a psychological thriller but, without meaning to insult the book at all, "thriller" is stretching a point a bit. To be a thriller there should be some suspense, tension or excitement, but that isn't what this book is about at all. Things in this uncomplicated story just happen, there is no mystery and no brilliant detective work.

However, although not thrilling, it is gripping. And it is certainly psychological, exploring the tortured minds of both the villain and the
The death of a young detective's wife is the main basis behind this book...even though it's also about murder. After his wife dies, Detective Kimmo Joentaa is immediately plunged into solving the murder of a young woman who has been suffocated in her bed. Kimmo, vulnerable after losing his wife, has difficulty focusing on this murder and spends a lot of time dealing with his own grief in relation to things that come up in the investigation.

I consider this book to be more a psychological drama th
Oct 20, 2007 Pat rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Many of the detective and mystery books our of Scandinavia - at least both Norwegian and Swedish - tend to be too dark for me. The protagonists are just too depressed. Oddly enough Jan Wagner's protagonist in this Finnish novel should be similar since he has just lost his wife to cancer. He certainly is depressed, but he's not completely cynical. It's a very, very good book even though you know from the very early pages who the killer is. The writing is excellent and the characters are drawn ver ...more
I really enjoyed this suspense book. The writing was spare which seemed to fit the Finnish setting. It rang true on a psychological level regarding how a police officer might react to the too-early death of his wife. There were places I needed to stop and reread the text because of the subtleness of the thoughts being expressed. It wasn't much of a mystery, and I never really knew what drove the villian, but all in all that turned out to be beside the point.
Een nieuw jaar, een nieuwe Jan Costin Wagner. Of eigenlijk een oude, want IJsmaan is de eerste in de reeks met inspecteur Kimmo Joentaa. Waar in de volgende delen af en toe naar wordt verwezen, gebeurt hier: Joentaa’s vrouw overlijdt aan een ziekte. IJsmaan opent hiermee, dus vanaf de eerste kennismaking met de vriendelijke inspecteur is daar het verdriet... lees meer
A wonderful mystery: gripping, elegiac, sparse and intense. As much about the detective as about the murderer or the victims. Really a mediation on death and loss and emptiness. Set in Turku in the wintertime, lots of frosty atmosphere. Highly recommended.

The author is a German who lives in Finland, and the book was first published in German and then translated into Finnish and ultimately English.
Translated from the German, I enjoyed this psychological thriller from a new to me author. I liked the characrer of the grief stricken detective, Kimmo Joentaa, and the beautifully written descriptions of the weather and landscape of Finland. Although he's not nearly as good as Indridason or any of the other Scandinavian writers I've read in the past, I've already started the second in the series.
Margaret Sankey
In this German procedural set in Finland, a Turku detective, reeling from the cancer death of his wife, is half-assing a murder case until he realizes that it may be one in a series of suffocation killings. Wagner successfully captures an emotionally blown out person attempting to work with suspects who epitomize the joke that an extroverted Finn is the one staring at the *other* person's shoes.
Panu Mäkinen
Synkeä kirja, jonka takakansi lupaa enemmän kuin sisältö antaa. Kiehtovaa tässä saksalaiskirjailijan teoksessa on, että tapahtumat sijoittuvat Suomeen. Kiehtovaa on myös kirjailijan tapa kuljettaa juonta eteenpäin vuoroin murhaajan ja vuoroin tutkimuksia johtavan poliisin näkökulmasta. Tämän tyyppinen juonenpunonta vaatisi lopussa täysin odottamatonta yllätystä – mutta sellaista ei tule.
Kimmo needs a good slapping, ok, I lacked any sympathy for this character — well written though with a few interesting (though superficial) characters wondering through the story but by and large just props for Kimmo's obsession with his wife's death and constant self indulgence in mourning. All this as the premise of understanding the mind of a serial killer. I think not Sherlock.
Diane S.
Set in Finland this is a psychological thriller about the many different ways a person handles or hides their grief. Liked the lead detective Kimmo Joenta, who doesn't know how to handle the fact that his wife as died and finds himself back at work and involved in a murder case. Intrigued enough to read his next US release called "Silence" which came out last week.
I enjoyed this (new to me) Scandi crime novel. Set in Finland the novel starts with the principal detective Kimmo at his wife's death bed. He develops a strange connection to the killer because of his emotional state . Whilst a short book (in context of most Scandi crime novels) at under 300 pages I was hooked by the character and its a series I will return to.
Tämä oli mielenkiintoinen, ei-perinteinen dekkari. Jonkinlainen psykologinen trilleri tai ihmismielen tutkielma enemmänkin. Erityiseksi tämän kirjan teki tunnelman lisäksi se, että saksalaissyntyinen kirjailija sijoittaa tapahtumat Suomeen, Turkuun ja Naantaliin, poliisi on kotoisin Kiteeltä! Täytyypä tutkailla, onko mies kirjoittanut jotain muutakin.
I borrowed this book 'coz I thought it was a Finnish mystery, which it is, in that it's set in Finland. But turns out the author is German, and his wife is Finland, hence the setting. Not bad (certainly disturbing enough), but not as good as some of the other Scandinavian mysteries that I've read.
Shelby Shoop
Psychological drama, Detective Kimmo Joentaa, trying to come to grips with his wife's recent death. Schizophrenic serial killer who wants to make everything right. Haunting and unsettling are good descriptors from the review.
Das Buch bleibt spannend bis zum Schluß, auch wenn der Leser schon früh erfährt, wer der Mörder ist.
Guter Schreibstil, einfühlsam beschrieben.
Einen Punktabzug gibt es für die Figur des Daniel...unlogisch, unnötig!
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Jan Costin Wagner is a German crime fiction writer. His novels are set in Finland and feature detective Kimmo Joentaa.

Wagner studied German Literature and History at university in Frankfurt, and later worked as a journalist. His first novel, "Nachtfahrt" (Night Trip) was published to much acclaim in 2002 and won the Marlowe Prize for Best Crime Novel. His wife is a native of Finland, and they spen
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