Hiltunen
2015 Longlist

Cold Courage

Translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

When Lia witnesses a disturbing scene on her way to work, she, like the rest of the City of London, is captivated and horrified.

As details unfurl in the media, the brutal truth emerges – a Latvian prostitute has been killed, her body run over by a steamroller and then placed in the boot of a car to be found.

As the weeks pass and no leads are found, the news story dies but Lia finds herself unable to forget. When she meets Mari, another Finn living in London, she thinks it fortuitous, but Mari has engineered the meeting for her own advantage. There is much more to Mari than meets the eye: she possesses an unnatural ability to ‘read’ people, to see into their innermost thoughts and pre-empt their actions. Mari heads up a unit she calls the ‘Studio’ – a group she employs made up of four disparate people: a hacker, a set designer, a private detective and an actress. They are loyal to Mari, and she has bound them to her by granting them life-changing favours.
Mari and Lia strike up a firm friendship and when Lia shares the thoughts plaguing her about the murder, Mari thinks she and the members of the Studio can help where the police have failed. But Mari and Lia are about to set foot into extremely dangerous territory, especially as Mari is not above using the Studio to unscrupulous ends.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Pekka
Hiltunen

Pekka Hiltunen is a Finnish author, whose debut novel in 2011 immediately became one of the most acclaimed first novels in Finnish literature. Cold Courage was nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Prize for Best Debut of the Year, a rare feat for a thriller. It won three literary prizes in Finland, including the Clue Award for Best Detective Novel of the Year, and it has been nominated for the Scandinavian Glass Key Award 2013.

Pekka Hiltunen is a Finnish author, whose debut novel in 2011 immediately became one of the most acclaimed first novels in Finnish literature. Cold Courage was nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Prize for Best Debut of the Year, a rare feat for a thriller. It won three literary prizes in Finland, including the Clue Award for Best Detective Novel of the Year, and it has been nominated for the Scandinavian Glass Key Award 2013.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Owen
Witesman

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Hiltunen’s book is a psychological thriller with an intriguing plot and well drawn main characters, Lia and Mari, two Finnish expats living in London. Lia meets Mari, who claims to be able to read people’s thoughts, when she gets involved in solving the murder of a Latvian prostitute. Mari runs an undercover group called the Studio that try to right society’s wrongs, be it human trafficking or racism, even if doing so means breaking the law. But can Lia trust Mari?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
21/05/2013
Country
Finland
Original Language
Finnish
Publisher
Hesperus Press
Translator
Owen Witesman
Translation
Translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman

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