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Missing Pieces: The Swedish Tourists' Murders

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In 1989, two young Swedish tourists, 21 year old Heidi Paakkonen and 23 year old Urban Hoglin disappeared into thin air during their dream holiday in New Zealand. Missing Pieces retraces their steps as investigative journalist and bestselling author Ian Wishart unravels the story in the first-ever book published about this enduring murder mystery. Was convicted killer and ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published December 21st 2012 by Howling at the Moon Pub. (first published December 19th 2012)
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I wanted to read this book due to the press around David Tamihere's Royal Prerogative of Mercy, something that doesn't happen a lot in NZ. I remember hearing about this case over the last 30 years and thinking that the evidence post-trial wasn't consistent with the case that got him convicted, but I never deep dove into the details. False evidence from one of the secret witnesses, a body found that didn't match up with details ... It is a lot of lives that have been effected by this sad sad stor ...more
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I’m a relative of Mr Foley ,he died June 18th 2002, In Hawera NZ, he died at home of a brain aneurism,my brother was there when he died. My mother who he made his confession to,died in August 1997.So my brother had been dead for 10 years when Mr Wishart wrote this book.A disgruntled uncle of Tamahere’s Mr Andrew Rangiheuea and his wife were friends of my brothers when he was alive. Don’t waste your money on this pack of lies
An interesting read. I really have no idea who was the culprit but I've always been sad that
Heidi's body was never found, for her families sake. Like the way the book included
extracts from their letters home. They sounded a lovely couple and so sad their dream
holiday ended this way. Hope the mongrel that did it gets their just desserts.
Kelly Stephens
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another solid effort from the author here. You can really see the hours of research that have gone into the book. My only real criticism is that the narrative of the police case against Tamihere is a little hard to follow, I had to re-read a few places, but that is pmore a reflection of the case itself than the author.
The experts of letters from Heidi & Urban were a nice touch - a nice way to pull you back into the fact that two people died, one whom has never been found. It's easy to forget th
Michelle See
I loved how the author presented relevant, alternative scenarios - that questioned how ‘facts’ were presented by certain parties to how they could be repositioned.
The police, courts etc want to ‘solve’ crimes, but this book clearly questions if they get it right?
Michelle Townend
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and also shocking and extremely disturbing at how the case was handled.
Worth reading imo.
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very readable, very very sad.
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Ian Wishart is a multi-award winning investigative journalist and bestselling author of more than 20 books, who's now in his fourth decade in the news business. His writing style has often been compared to John Grisham by reviewers.

He's been a radio News Director, a Chief of Staff for TV3 News and a magazine editor. His work has featured in the Times of London, Daily Mail, New Zealand Herald and A

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