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Nights of Awe by Harri Nykänen
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May 16, 12

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Just what the world needed--another Scandinavian crime novel series featuring an incorruptible if occasionally eccentric police detective who must solve a baffling bunch of murders. "Nights of Awe" is, I believe, the first of a series of books that feature Ariel Kafka, "one of only two Jewish policemen in Finland". He is smart, a bit alienated but, in this case he doesn't have a failed or failing marriage and delinquent or addicted kids to worry about. One of the blurbs says that the author, "unlike his Scandinavian contemporaries has a sense of humor." I missed that part of the book although given the typical outlook of detectives from Europe's dark and frozen north, a sense of humor may just mean that he doesn't have a dismal and depressed outlook on everything.

Worth reading--not sure if there are others available or if they have been translated.

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