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Harjunpää ja pahan pappi (Harjunpää #10)

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  128 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Metroasemien oudot onnettomuudet saavat poliisin ymmälleen. Silminnäkijöitä ei ole, valvontakamerat eivät ole tallentaneet mitään.

Rikosylikonstaapeli Timo Harjunpää on nähnyt ihmiselämän lohduttomimmat puolet, mutta näin murskaavina eivät pahat voimat ole ennen hänen tielleen osuneet. Rakkaudettoman ja julman lapsuuden arvet kantavat kauas uhrinsa elämään ja yhteisöön.
Paperback, 381 pages
Published June 2010 by Otava (first published 2003)
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This book is one I knew about after I watched the movie with Peter Franzen and Sampo Sarkola. The movie doesn't stay true to the book but I found it in me to like both at the same time.

I read this a while ago. Since then I have read all of Joensuu's books (he is my favourite author) that have been translated into English (I don't speak Finnish - or at least not well enough to translate a 200-300 page book).

One thing I found with this book is that I thoroughly enjoyed the subplots with Matti and
This was the first detective story I ever read and I loved it. I've also seen the movie but it wasn't that good. The characters are very lovable as they are afflicted in different ways.
Eurocrime is really a tremendous imprint, providing some real little gems of books from a range of different cultural backgrounds. These books provide the crime reader with a glimpse into another culture. And make you realise that whilst some things are very different, more often it's the similarities that are surprising.

The things that THE PRIEST OF EVIL shows are the same in Finland, as they are where I come from, include the way that people can be invisible. Sometimes it's because of age, oft
Policeman novelist Matti Yrjänä Joensuu is a Finn with a vision. In his The Priest of Evil, he develops a peculiar mish-mash of new age religion, serial killings, deeply troubled adults and their disturbed relationships with appallingly cold and twisted parents, bullied children and their close friendships, mind control, and beneath it all, such aching sadness that it is not surprising Finland has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. A couple of fundamentalist preachers are accosting p ...more
Bev Taylor
the only word i can find for this book is weird

i started and thought i would turn a page to give it one more chance

i persevered to the end but was glad to put it down. will not attempt to give u a review

perhaps because i am not a like of supernatural?

schitterend verhaal, heel goed gebracht. In het begin een beetje verwarrend door de namen en het switchen van heden naar verleden en terug.
Heel lang blijf je met de verschillende draadjes maar op het einde wordt alles netjes afgewerkt.
I didn't think this was too bad. I wish that a few things were explained though like the antagonists power with Mamo(a "god" he worships).

Detective Timo Harjunpaa is investigating a series of murders in the Finnish subway system. Security cameras show no sign of anyone murdering anyone.

I will say that the movie was better in my eyes. That is a personal opinion but then again its not like this book was awful(far from it - actually, this is one of the best books I've ever read).

If you really think
Harjunpää ja pahan pappi
Even if I wasn't aware Mr. Joensuu was a criminal investigator, it would be apparent by his writing. At times the prose is so overly detailed that it reads more like a police report rather than a novel. I found the introduction of the various characters and plot lines to be burdensome, but once they begin to merge together it became a more pleasurable read.
Quite interesting. I enjoy Joensuu's way of writing and the way he gets so close to his characters. The book left a lot unexplained but somehow it didn't matter because what was more important was the understanding of childhood and the dangers of loveless childhood. The ending was unusual and very very exciting.
May 15, 2010 Meen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meen by: It was on the freebie shelf at school.
It was a fast read. I needed an escape. However...

I can never shut off the sociologist, so at the same time that I'm reading and taking in the story I'm making cultural comparisons b/w Finland and the US and how those shape the differences (and similarities) b/w each one's portrayal of police and criminals.
Kailey Willmore
I was expecting a straightforward police procedural, but instead I found myself reading a meditation on the long term effects of family abuse. The Priest of Evil is a well written novel that explores territory outside of the expected path of the mystery novel.
Loistavasti kirjoitettu, luin melkein yhdelta istumalta. Joensuu osaa kirjoittaa niin, etta lukija paasee todellakin niin poliisin kuin rikollistenkin ajatusmaailmaan sisalle.
kt Sedat
"meh" Too "hocus-pocus" for my taste. Though the cliff hanger ending does catch my interest to read the next one.
Loppuipa ikävästi kesken, perkele.
Mutta sujuva ja hupaisa kirja.
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Matti Yrjänä Joensuu (born 1948) was a Finnish writer of crime fiction. He was awarded the State's Literature Prize (1982), Vuoden johtolanka prize (1985, 1994, 2004), and he was nominated for two Finlandias. He received the Martin Beck Award in 1987. He graduated as a police in 1973 and worked as a crime investigator at the Helsinki police station's violence group.

Joensuu wrote several novels abo
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