Original title: Ariel ja Hämähäkkinainen
Class/genre: Crime & Thriller
The second entry in the Inspector Kafka series.
The police receives an anonymous telephone call about the discovery of two bodies who have been stabbed to death. Much to his surprise, Kafka recognises one of the victims as Maija Erkkilä, known in criminal circles as “Spider Woman.” The identity of the other victim surprises him even more: It is Aimo Ikonen, Helsinki Violent Crime Unit’s deputy commissioner.
The deeper Ariel and his subordinates dig, the more tangled the affair becomes, complicated by evidence of Ikonen’s troubled past. In the course of his investigation Ariel meets Ikonen’s artist daughter Saara, a woman more ill-fated than Maija Erkkilä, and one who leaves an everlasting mark on him.
Praise for Ariel Kafka series
“Nykänen’s twist on Nordic crime fiction may be the most inventive of the year…”
-Fantastic Fiction, UK
“…an interesting plot told in an entertaining, straightforward style by a welcome new voice.”
-Literary Review, UK
“Kafka is an appealing detective: a non-observant 40-something Jewish bachelor who is such a stubborn, dedicated policeman that he’s willing to risk his career to get an answer…Here’s hoping Bitter Lemon Press publishes the remaining books in the series.”
-The Reporter, US
“Nykänen has once again written a detective novel that’s impossible to put down until you’ve devoured it.
-Studio 55/MTV3/ Christmas Books TOP 5, Finland (on Holy Ceremony)
“The story is compelling, Ariel a likeable protagonist. A writer to definitely keep an eye on…”
-Crime Fiction Lover, UK, US
“[Ariel Kafka is] as cynical as Morse but with more of a sense of humour…or like Jack Reacher with fewer opportunities for fisticuffs.”
-The Bookbag, UK