The Defenceless, 1


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Orenda Books
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5.0 X 7.7 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Kati Hiekkapelto was born in 1970 in Oulu, Finland. She wrote her first stories at the age of two and recorded them on cassette tapes. Kati has studied Fine Arts in Liminka Art School and Special Education at the University of Jyvรคskylรค. The subject of her final thesis/dissertation was racist bullying in Finnish schools. She went on to work as a special-needs teacher for immigrant children. Today Kati is an international crime writer, punk singer and performance artist. Her Anne Fekete series, including The Hummingbird, The Defenceless and The Exiled have been translated into eighteen languages and both were shortlisted for the Petrona Award in the UK. The Defenceless won Best Finnish Crime Novel of the Year, and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Glass Key. She lives and writes in her 200- year-old farmhouse in Hailuoto, an island in the Gulf of Bothnia, North Finland. In her free time she rehearses with her band, runs, hunts, picks berries and mushrooms, and gardens. During long, dark winter months she chops wood to heat her house, shovels snow and skis. The Embers, the fourth in the series, will be published in 2020.


"Hiekkapelto sensitively portrays Anna's search for meaning in her life." --Publishers Weekly, 2/22/2016

"It's like reading Henning Mankell, when Senior Constable Anna Fekete works on several tricky cases in the icy-cold winter of Northern Finland while contemplating the harshness of life." --Helsingin Sanomat

"Hiekkapelto's deft hand also blends social commentary, the plight of stateless refugees, insight into the minds and motives of drug addicts, and the inner workings of crime investigation into the mix" [...] "the tightly woven, fast-paced tale is much more than a gripping crime story." --ForeWord Magazine, Summer 2016 issue.
"Tough and powerful crime fiction" --Publishers Weekly

"Seriously good! The taut elegance of the writing brilliantly contrasts the grit of the subject matter. Kati Hiekkapelto is the real deal" --Anya Lipska, author of Where the Devil Can't Go

"An edgy and insightful chiller with a raw and brooding narrative. Skilfully plotted and beautifully written, Hiekkapelto has given us an excellent and suspenseful crime novel" --Craig Robertson, author of Cold Grave