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Lucifer's Tears (Inspector Kari Vaara #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,270 ratings  ·  239 reviews
Inspector Kari Vaara returns, more haunted than ever, in the follow- up to Snow Angels, "a must for fans of the international crime novel." (Booklist)

The Sufia Elmi case left Kari Vaara with a scarred face, chronic insomnia, a constant migraine, and a full body count's worth of ghosts. Now it's a year later, in Helsinki, and Kari is working the graveyard shift in the hom
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 17th 2011 by Putnam Adult (first published 2011)
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Paulo Pires
«Seguramente um dos melhores policiais do ano.

O livro é extraordinário... Foi com enorme prazer que desfolhei as 296 páginas de um policial marcante e enriquecedor.(...)

Na minha opinião este é um livro de obrigatória leitura.»

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Opinião As lágrimas de Lúcifer|Livros e Marcadores
Same inspector new setting and a new case of murder of the most foul. Life for inspector and his wife seem to have taken a turn for the worse, since the time of the murder case from book 1 Snow Angelshas passed. His wife Kate was pregnant with twins in the previous book and now is pregnant with another child. His life is bleak, he is suffering with migraines and has compulsory appointments with a shrink. The last murder case has taken a lot out if off him and he is forever struck with a guilty s ...more
O que dizer de James Thompson?

Li o anterior livro do autor "Anjos na neve" e adorei o enredo e a mestria da escrita. Adorei o policial e o caso envolvido. O inspector Vaara com as suas características e a sua personalidade dão vida a um grande livro.

Este segundo livro não fica aquém das minhas espectativas, apenas a parte política que refere não me conseguiu cativar na sua totalidade.
No entanto, tem um caso que não é o que parece à primeira vista apesar das pressões que Vaara vai sofrer por par
Thompson strikes again...I don't know what occurs in this man's mind when he is writing but he can write some of the goriest and breath-taking(not in a good way) murder scenes that I have seen in any author...he has a knack though for wrapping those murders up in a constantly twisting storyline...God, I love this author!!!
Verovsky Brandão
Not as good as the first Inspector Kari Vaara book, but better in a characterisation department. The main plot started well and kept me turning the pages, but when it came time to the revelations they were a bit too far fetched for me. The side plot about a war hero and maybe a war criminal was much more interesting and satisfying. There are also a little side-side plots going on, because we are following inspector at regular(ish) work day(s), or maybe a better way to describe it is "author is u ...more
Antes de partir para a leitura deste livro, foi-me aconselhada a leitura do livro anterior, Anjos na Neve. Depois de terminado, vejo que o conselho fez todo o sentido. Pormenores deste livro só serão entendidos por quem leu o primeiro volume, o que torna a assimilação de cada uma das páginas muito mais prazeroso e rentável.

Se com Anjos na Neve fiquei rendida ao estilo deste escritor, com As Lágrimas de Lúcifer tive a certeza de que é um autor a seguir. Para quem é fã do género policial, este aut
Carla  (cbr)

Fiquei ansiosa para ler a continuação da história do Inspetor Kari Vaara...
Cátia Santos
Mais um bom livro de James Thompson, onde novamente, para além do género policial, nos dá a conhecer um pouco mais da cultura finlandesa, bem como da participação deste país na 2ª Guerra Mundial.

Apesar de ter achado que desta vez a história se centrou demasiado na vida pessoal do inspetor Vaara, não deixou de ter um desfecho surpreendente.

E independentemente do que fez de errado, é impressão minha ou é impossível não simpatizar com Arvid? :)
Lígia Teixeira
Não sei se foi o "timing" da leitura que também ajudou, mas achei este bastante melhor do que o primeiro. História mais envolvente e criei mais empatia com o inspetor Kari Vaara, chegando ao final, para surpresa minha, com vontade de já ter disponível o seguinte.
Um bom policial, não extraordinário, mas que vale a pena ler.
“As lágrimas de Lúcifer” é o segundo livro de James Thompson da série do inspetor Kari Vaara. Tal como o primeiro “Anjos na neve”, este é um livro fantástico.
Tem todos os ingredientes de um bom livro policial…
I loved James Thompson's Snow Angels, the first in his series featuring the Finnish Detective Kari Vaara, and his American wife Kate. I was excited when I started the second in the series, Lucifer's Tears (having finished LT, I've just begun the latest in the series, just released, Helsinki White-but more of that on another day). And at first, my heart was still in the (to me) exotic small town in rural Finland where the first book takes place. I had some trouble re-locating to big city, Helsink ...more
Jul 12, 2011 Lizzy added it
This review was written by Mark Kearney and posted by Lizzy Mottern

Nordic detective fiction has finally produced its version of Donna Leon, the New Jersey-born American expat who lives in Venice and writes novels in English about an Italian cop, novels that have never been published in Italian. Kentucky-native James Thompson has lived in Helsinki for a dozen years and this is his second novel featuring Inspector Kari Vaara and his American wife Kate.

The novel quickly immerses the reader in seven
May 03, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of well-done, dark mysteries
Book Info: Genre: Mystery/Noir
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of dark mysteries, stories set in Nordic countries, well-developed characters, well-done mysteries
Trigger Warnings: murder, torture, war crimes, Holocaust

My Thoughts: About a year has passed since the events in Snow Angels, and a number of things have changed. In order to avoid spoilers I won't go into details. I will say, however, that you can actually read the book without having read the previous book and be able to keep
It is a rare thing for a sequel to be stronger than the book that preceded it, but I think I enjoyed this even more than Snow Angels! I am so impressed - it was just a terrific read! The actual mystery was not so much of a "whodunit" but it kept me turning pages all the same. The Finnish setting was a great eye-opener to a whole new culture, expanding and deepening the setting even more than the first book. The family dynamic added quite a bit to this one, as well. The only two downsides to the ...more
Chris F
This was a good one. Set in Finland the country is almost a character in the book. Highly reccomended.
The follow up to Snow Angels was just as hard hitting. Poor Kari, while his life IS difficult he certainly doesn't make it any easier. Kate is pregnant again, they are living now in the "metropolis" of Helsinki, she has a job at the most prestigious and historic Kamp hotel, while he is on the night shift of the Murder Squad saddled with an unstable and pretty creepy partner. Kate's family is in town to be with her at the birth of their daughter and the family relations are not as happy as Kate r ...more
WARNING: If you have serious problems with spoilers, don't read this second book in the series first as I did. It contains major spoilers for the first book, Snow Angels, including whodunit. Spoilers never bother me, but I thought I would issue a warning to other readers.

I found this to be as noir as Scandinavian mysteries written by Scandinavians. The detective, Inspector Vaara, is the closest to being a hero of all the characters, but he's capable of losing control of himself. This is understa
I still like James Thompson's writing -- I just found myself depressed by so much of this book. Kate's dysfunctional family, Kari and Kate each with their fears about this pregnancy and hurting each other, the war crimes depicted, and then the sexual situation with the characters involved in the initial murder. Even the side cases were depressive, involving mental illness and brutishness. I did like learning more about Finland, and found, thanks to Snow Angels and (see my Snow Angel ...more
Rebecca Martin
I read these James Thompson books out of order (by accident) and I think that wasn't the best idea. This book is much better than the other two. It weaves together several threads: a gruesome murder of a wealthy woman, Finland's complicated relationship with Nazi Germany and events of WWII, Vaara's headaches that won't go away, his American wife's pregnancy which has the added stress of coming after a miscarriage, and a visit by her brother and sister who have come to "help" her when the baby co ...more
Inspector Kari Vaara is back who despite his move away from the Finnish backwater which saw some horrific events in the first book 'Snow Angels' again finds himself embroiled in murder and personal torment. Whilst juggling the demands of a particularly savage murder case, the investigation of possible war-crimes, a heavily pregnant wife, his truly irritating in-laws and his gung-ho new partner, he is also grappling with a deterioration in his own health which even he can't assuage with copious a ...more
Excellent follow-up. Flawed characters abound no-one is more scarred than our detective "hero" Inspector Kari Vaara who will not even have plastic surgery to repair his gunshot wound to his face.
In this book we find him in Helsinki in a murder squad that has never failed trying to find a work/life balance when his wife is close to giving birth and his chief is pulling his strings.
Has more punch and edge than several books of this genre; more American than traditional Scaninavian/Nordic crime fic
Bernard Mcdonnell
Another book about an inspector. Right...well let's not jump to conclusions too fast. I had to move away from American writers for a while to enjoy how a Finnish inspector may solve a crime using his wits and experience and not fully relying on muscle to work through a resolution.
Finland, a country formed by Lucifer's tears, is a country that I know little about. Thompson works his magic to make me enjoy living in the heat of North Texas vs. the winters in Helsinki.
Murder, explicit sexuality, h
Giovanni Gelati

Wow, it is Thursday already and we are moving like a bullet train headed for a big day on Saturday. Our second Improvised Digital short Story will be happening then and I am totally amped at the prospect of working with a fine group of authors on this next project. We will start at 8am on Saturday and hopefully be done everything by 3pm.I am giving each author a time limit of 1.5 hours to put together their 1,000 to 1500 words of the story. Basically within a nice 8 hour time span we will create
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
This is the second book I have read in this series and I have noted that the reviews were in general quite good on this. However, I think it was o.k., but not one of the best books I have read recently. I find the character of Inspector Kari Vaara confusing and the plot went from having potential to be unrealistic. Kari is in one breath, a good cop who is incorruptible and then in the next, a maverick who uses dubious methods. The language is pretty rough and crude, and don't get me wrong, I'm n ...more
I received this book for free and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am not a huge detective novel person but this book with its twists and turns kept me interested throughout. I am only sorry I did not read Snow Angels first.
Inspector Kari is an appealing hero flaws and all. From the persistent migraine, troubled in-laws, horrible childhood and feelings of guilt because of his last case ; I grew attached to him. He is not always nice but loves his wife and feels guilty for her losing their twins. He move
Really enjoyed Lucifer's Tears and was glad to have read Snow Angels shortly before. The atmosphere of life in Finland is wonderful. My first two books in this amazing part of the world and I think the writer really gives a good sense of the culture, social atmosphere, weather driven or affected lifestyle throughout both books. This one included a good deal of history between Finland and her neighbors especially WWII specific but further. The swearing can get repetitive and seems a bit unnecessa ...more
Minty McBunny
I rated this 4 stars even though I felt kind of 3-starish about it, due to the fact that I was reading it during the most stressful and unpleasant week I've had in almost 10 years, so I'm sure that colored my judgement of the book a lot. I liked Snow Angels so much & want to give Thompson the benefit of the doubt so...

The change from the northern Arctic to Helsinki made it a little more like your standard-issue Scandinavian crime fare than the previous book. I missed the cultural differences
Omg. I tend to have a pretty bad mouth when I am not teaching, but GEEZ! Every few sentences in this book has some curse word in it! The curse words are the ones that even I blush when I say them out loud or I use acronyms for so that people who aren't in the know, don't know what they mean. Overall, the plot was juicy! Kari Vaara, a male inspector for the homicide division of the Helsinki police department, is the low guy on the totem pole. He is covering several cases throughout the book. The ...more
Sep 03, 2012 Ms.pegasus rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Scandinavian mysteries; non-US locales
Shelves: fiction, history, mystery
LUCIFER'S TEARS is the second of Thompson's Inspector Vaara books. It's darker than it's predecessor, SNOW ANGELS. The psychology runs deeper, the events are more disturbing, and the characters drawn with more depth. The explanatory passages sufficiently summarize the backstory which includes the death of Vaara's first wife, his obsessive and tragic investigation of a murder in his home town, his dysfunctional childhood, and the death of a beloved younger sister. Thompson's writing has developed ...more
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Jim has suddenly passed away on August 2, 2014.

With his first internationally published novel, Snow Angels, James Thompson proved himself Finland’s best and most popular representative in the rise of Nordic noir. It was selected as one of Booklist’ s Best Crime Novel Debuts of the Year and nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, and a Strand Critics Award. His novel, Lucifer’s Tears, has r
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Other Books in the Series

Inspector Kari Vaara (5 books)
  • Snow Angels (Inspector Kari Vaara, #1)
  • Helsinki White (Inspector Kari Vaara, #3)
  • Helsinki Blood (Inspector Kari Vaara, #4)
  • Helsinki Dead (Inspector Kari Vaara, #5)
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