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Silence (Kimmo Joentaa #2)

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  318 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
A young girl disappears while cycling to volleyball practice. Her bike is found in exactly the same place that another girl was murdered, thirty-three years before. The original perpetrator was never brought to justice - could they have struck again? The eeriness of the crime unsettles not only the police and public, but also someone who has been carrying a burden of guilt ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 2nd 2011 by Vintage (first published 2007)
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White Man Pain. The Novel
Well one of the many. But it's a prime example of one.

- a guy who once witnessed his friend raping and murdering a girl. It was horrible enough that he friend-broke up with him afterwards but not horrible enough that he told the police. It is now more than 30 years later and he still feels guilty but not guilty enough to tell the police. Basically a third of the book is him feeling guilty and don't you feel sorry for him? For the guy who is responsible that a r
Jim Coughenour
A few years ago I read Ice Moon, the first of Jan Costin Wagner's novels to be translated into English, and I was immediately curious about the next. Wagner is German, but his Detective Kimmo Joentaa is Finnish. His plots are set in Turku and Helsinki, amid forests and lakes and the abundant natural beauty of Finland's climate and geography. For a Californian like me, the landscape described through Joentaa's eyes is enough to set me dreaming of endless snowy nights or a midnight sun flickering ...more
Patricia Kaiser
Ich bin froh, Jan Costin Wagner noch eine Chance gegeben zu haben, denn dieser Krimi rund um Kimmo Joentaa war eine kurzweilige und spannende Sommerlektüre! Die Handlung spitzt sich stetig zu, bis zu einem völlig überraschenden Ende.
John Mccormick
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat strange quirky and at times slightly confusing translated police procedural.
Well written full of entertaining characters, even the bad ones, with a good twist, or at least i did not expect it. Short easy enjoyable read.
Rachel Hall
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silence is the second book by Jan Costin Wagner to feature his introspective detective Kimmo Joentaa based in the Finnish city of Turku. Despite the numerous recommendations for Ice Moon, the opening title of this series, I came across Silence first and found that it worked well as a standalone read. Joentaa lost his wife to cancer in the first of the series and his grief is still an open wound throughout Silence, set approximately two years later. Much of the focus of this novel is on how Kimmo ...more
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, european
Because SILENCE is the third of the Detective Kimmo Joentaa series, I read it third. (Rebellious you may well think, not paying attention is a much better explanation).

One of the things that I most love about these three books - ICE MOON, SILENCE and THE WINTER OF THE LIONS is the sheer beauty of everything. The place, the culture and the emotion. Sure Joentaa is in deep mourning for his wife who died too young, but there's no sense of self-pity, this is simply a beautiful example of a man strug
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Ich lese die Krimi-Reihe um Kimmo Joentaa zwar in komplett falscher Reihenfolge, angenehmerweise macht das aber nichts. "Das Schweigen" ist nichts für Leute, die Tempo und Action brauchen. Eigentlich ist es eher eine Psychographie als ein Krimi. Täter,Opfer, Angehörige und Polizisten - alle Charaktere sind bis ins Detail ausgearbeitet. Obwohl eigentlich nicht viel passiert, fand ich das Buch wirklich spannend. Der fünfte Stern fehlt nur, weil man am Schluß (gerade weil er glaubwürdig ist), ein w ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
This Finnish detective novel, written by a German, is a muddled ethereal romp through a 33 year old murder case, somewhat in the style of Crime and Punishment. I found it of little interest. I am not sure what the message is but the plot lacks any shred of credulity. The detectives on the case start laughing for no apparent reason. Either the translation is horrific or most Finnish detectives are insane. Perhaps it is the climate. What saves this novel is the character of Timo who as a wannabe R ...more
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was better in that the protagonist did not spend the whole book in mourning, but he did not seem the main investigator of the crime, which is the hunt for a missing teen as related to past crimes. The solution in this book, leads to a sequel, I am sure.
May 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Un développement franchement laborieux avec un style qui s'appuie presque uniquement sur un enchaînement de phrases nominales, et le ton laconique qui va avec. Au milieu du livre, j'ai fini par lire en diagonale pour éviter les paragraphes-paraphrases, répétitions (le meurtre a eu lieu il y a 33 ans, on a compris, Kimmo pense à Sanna et Aku plonge dans le lac 24/7) et scènes ayant très certainement un objectif pour l'auteur mais très sincèrement aucun intérêt pour le lecteur, et avoir le fin mot ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A young teenaged girl disappears in the same place and almost identical circumstances to where another girl did 33 years ago. In the earlier case, the girl's body was discovered some weeks later in a nearby lake; she had been raped and strangled. Clearly there's a possibility the same has happened again. But could a sex-murderer really leave 33 years between his crimes?

It's a promising premise but, for me, the book offered little more than this.

The characterizations of the central figures seemed
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, apl
If you like the classic, old-fashioned Scandinavian style of crime and mystery stories, you might like this. Think among the lines of Matti Yrjänä Joensuu's Harjunpää series (please do ignore their horribly mediocre translations - the art has been perfected in the past 25 years), or Sjöwall & Wahlöö. Wagner's detective is Joentaa, a Finnish inspector who's got the sad lonely air around him, and not only because he's mourning his wife.

A girl disappeared in 1974, and it took months to find her
Nach Eismond ist Das Schweigen der zweite Fall für Kimmo Joentaa, den finnischen Kommissar des deutschen Schriftstelllers Jan Costin Wagner.

Ein Mädchen namens Sinikka verschwindet an exakt derselben Stelle, an der vor 33 Jahren bereits ein anderes Mädchen verschwand, das später ermordet aufgefunden wurde. Es war damals der erste Fall von Kimmos Kollegen Ketola, der gerade pensioniert wurde, jetzt jedoch darauf brennt den damals ungelösten Fall doch noch aufklären zu können. Parallel zu den eher
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This a strange Nordic experience- rather calm and cold, populated with hard to know characters. Where there is warmth, or humanity or laughter, it sticks out oddly, like winter flowers. The handful of graphic references to the crime are also quite elliptical- unpleasant but not dramatised, just left there to see, same as the other silent observations of people .Through this it makes just everyday the tragedies all people carry around, like shells. Dead children, lonely retirement, mental health ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Another Kimmo Joentaa detective mystery. Kimmo is a loner and depressed after the death of his wife 2 years previously. He is a man of few words, very introspective and insightful. The atmosphere of his books is a quiet, sadness with a curious desire to understand - to put the pieces together
In this story his boss Ketola has retired - but a crime occur which involves a crime that occurred back in his (Ketola's) early days - 33 years ago. A young girl was killed and the perpetrator was never foun
Silence by Jan Costin Wagner. He is a German who married a Finnish woman, and this is most definitely a Nordic mystery. They live in Germany and Finland, not the English speaking world. This is a translation, but a good one. I don't think the first one by him that I read was done so well. A third one has come out and I am looking forward to reading it. It's eerie and creepy all right. He goes into much depth with his major characters similar to early Wallender according to one critic. It made fo ...more
Wagner is a Finnish writer with a style infested with minutia. He awoke and rubbed his eyes with both hands. He sat up and looked across the room, then swung first his left leg and then his right leg over the edge of the bed. He put his left foot on the floo. Then his right foot on the floor beside his left foot . He took a breath and then stood up.... Tiresome and artificial.Also, the author shifts the viewpount constantly from one character to the next. Too bed, because the plot is clever, wit ...more
Paul Curd
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Ellen Keim
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this better than the first novel in this series (Ice Moon). Although I only gave the first one three stars, I thought it had potential or I wouldn't have tried another. I'm glad I did.

The main character, Detective Kimmo Joentaa, is still grieving for his wife, who died only a week before the first book takes place. But his grief doesn't dominate this novel like it does in the first one. I also thought the story was better. And the end had a bit of a twist, which I like, too.

All in all, I
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those wonderful psychological mysteries. Everyone is emotionally damaged. It takes a while to figure out who is who. Names are doled out piecemeal and over a long period of reading time. It's our job to figure out where all the puzzle pieces presented to us might fit. There are times when it doesn't seem anyone is sane. At times we end up thinking no one or everyone committed the foul deed, and just what is the foul deed anyway? What actually was done to create so much blood?

The c
Jennifer Thomson
A complete shambles of an opning, perhaps caused by poor translating or poor writer (it's hard to tell) that had me thinking there was one character with a multiple personality disorder, I almost didn't finish the book.

That would have been a pity because this wasn't a bad read. The main two police characters were likeable and the woman who's daughter was kidnapped and murdered 30-odd years ago gave us a good insight into what it's like to lose a child.

Sadly this book was let down by an ending t
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely a cut above most nordic mysteries, and very close to top tier (Mankel, Indriasson, Fossum). Detective Joentaa character, while not as dark as the benchmark Kurt Wallender has baggage nonetheless. The plot of an apparent repeat murder of one 33 years prior reopens the crime for a victims mother, the original investigating detective, and especially the unwitting accomplice to the crime. The actual perpetrator is revealed and does reappear in the story, but the twists Wagner deploys make ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this second novel by Jan Costin Wagner, although subject of abuse in the novel,not described too fully so could read the book. For the next Wagner novel shall make the ffort to find out how to pronounce the characters names, which hampers me slightly. Coincidently I met a Finn in Preston last week,I will have to carry the next book around with me on the off chance we bump into each other, or perhaps just google, a far less interesting method!
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm tempted to give this a 5, due to its usefulness for one of my prose manuscripts. I'll say more at a later date. In short: great indirect characterization, well wrought emotional states, fragmentation /nonlinear aspect that makes the book more compelling and surprising for this genre. Thinking about why seemingly strange translation choices might make this an even more interesting read ....
Jayne Charles
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled a bit with the Finnish names - in particular I kept getting the old cop and the young cop mixed up - but otherwise a very enjoyable read; I finished it inside a day during my holiday. A nice mix of police work and psychological drama, it bubbles along nicely, delivering a twist I didn't expect, and an ending that was ever so slightly ambiguous in a good way.
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark. Very dark. Unlike anything I've ever read and enjoyed, but I did really enjoy this one, and I liked it even better than the first entry. I've grown attached to Kimmo Joentaa and his team. I thought that this was a good translation from the German, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book - while it explores some pretty dark themes, it's not violent. The story was written from the perspective of various characters, which was interesting. I liked that the plot, like most of the characters, ended up not being what it seemed.

While I liked the ending, it was a little bit of a stretch for me. I'll definitely check out his other books, though.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second in this series and a cracking crime series it is. The central detective is Kimmo who in the first book has just lost his wife. At 244 pages the novel is a perfect length and an interesting plot in which the character's are further developed, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the next.
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable Nordic Noir from Finland. (Well, sort of -- the author is German, but he lives in Finland and having lived in Finland myself, I think that counts). Adding this series to my crime fiction rotation. Kiitos, Jan Costin Wagner!
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this book but felt that it lacked enough detail about the characters to make me feel any empathy. It took a while to get going and towards the end I was looking forward to how it would end. But I felt rather disappointed about it.
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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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