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Finnish edition

Original title: Ennen lähtöä

Published: 2000

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Crime & Thriller

Pages: 375

A battered man lies beside a bicycle path. Someone has beaten furniture designer and Green Party city councilor Petri Ilveskivi into an inch of his life. Ilveskivi, a familiar face in the media, known for his sharp tongue, has managed to run afoul of all sorts of people in his private and political lives. Is the assault a result of a personal grudge, or was this a random act of violence? Did the skinheads just get tired of Petri’s open homosexuality?

The Ilveskivi case turns out to be unusually complicated. Drugs, xenophobia, and municipal power politics are all thrown into the cauldron.

In her own life, Maria Kallio is forced to grapple with the question of another addition to her family. Even though everything seems to be going well at home, Maria is still forced to weigh the significance of police work to herself and her family. She also discovers that it isn’t only her own safety that is at risk . . .


Rights sold:
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
WORLD ENGLISH, AmazonCrossing
GERMANY, Rowohlt
LATVIA, Jumava
SWEDEN, Albert Bonniers

Leena Lehtolainen


Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

The 1993 book Ensimmäinen murhani (My First Murder) kicked off Lehtolainen’s first and on-going crime novel series, which has brought an enthusiastically-received female perspective to the male-dominated detective genre through its distinctively down-to-earth heroine Maria Kallio. The Bodyguard Trilogy, meanwhile, stars a New York-trained bodyguard who is fiercely self-sufficient, highly alert to her surroundings, and haunted by horrific violence in her past.

Lehtolainen published her first novel at the age of 12; this work of juvenile fiction appeared in 1976. Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio, the heroine of Lehtolainen’s crime novel series. And just as events in the Bodyguard (trilogy take the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

 

 

 

Bibliography


Leena Lehtolainen

The Charm of Ice

2016, Non-Fiction


Leena Lehtolainen

My First Murder

1993, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Her Enemy

1994, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Copper Heart

1995, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Snow Woman

1996, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Death Spiral

1997, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Fatal Headwind

1998, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Rage

2003, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Indecent Nightingale

2005, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

On the Wrong Track

2008, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

2010, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Iron Triangle

2013, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

A Stroke of Sadness

2015, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Bodyguard

2009, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Lion of Justice

2011, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Devil’s Cubs

2012, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Eye of the Tiger

2016, Crime & Thriller

End of Innocence Finnish cover

Leena Lehtolainen

The End of Innocence

2017, Crime & Thriller

Below the Surface US cover image

Leena Lehtolainen

Below the Surface

2003, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Killer’s Girlfriend

2018, Crime & Thriller

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