When an immigrant is murdered and has an offensive term engraved in her skin, Inspector Kari is left with several unanswered questions. Was this crime committed because of hate or sex or both? The media will erupt in chaos when they find out about this murder. Kari does everything he can to postpone that moment.
Kari's wife is carrying his child but all of his attention is focused on the murder case he is desperately trying to solve. As he pieces together the clues, he is lead to a suspect that is now living with his ex-wife. When he does his job and questions the man, the media turn it around and say that he has unresolved hatred for this man and the case may be compromised. Will he be able to come up with enough evidence to put the killer, whoever that may be, behind bars for good?
I love a good thriller! I became engrossed in this novel after reading the first few pages. I can't help but try to figure out whodunnit before the author tells you. I look forward to reading more by James.
Interview with James
•When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
I made my first attempts at writing fiction in 1994. I got hooked right away. I wrote, therefore I was a writer.
•Who has been your biggest inspiration?
•How do you create the characters in your books? Are they based on people you know?
I spent the better part of twenty years working in bars and nightclubs and have met many thousands of people. They’ve given me an immense store of material to work from in creating characters. None of my characters have living counterparts, but I’ve invented very little. I just take a trait from here, an experience from there, and so on. Kari Vaara is an easy character for me to write. He’s a fictional character, his views are his own and sometimes differ from mine, but his inner voice is basically mine.
•What is the one book you think everyone should read?
I don’t think everyone should read any particular book.
•If you weren’t a writer, what be your profession?
After I earned my Master’s in English philology, I started my own business and was scratching out a living as an editor and sort of spin doctor for academic books and articles, bartending on the side to make ends meet. I would probably still be doing it.
•If you could trade places with anyone in the world, past or present, real or fiction, who would it be and why?
I wouldn’t want to trade places with anyone else.
•If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have 3 things, what would they be?
One of those Swiss Army knives with a bazillion gizmos in it.
A big beach towel
•What is your favorite movie of all time?
•What is the one thing that you want all your fans to know?
Another writer once said to me: “Jim, you and I are lucky men. Few people ever discover what they really want to do with their lives, and of those few, even fewer get the opportunity to do it.” If I knew the answers and could, I would tell everyone what they really want from their lives.
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