Original title: Leijonakuningas
Publisher: Crime Time
Class/genre: Crime & Thriller
The fifth Ariel Kafka mystery.
Two-time winner of Finland’s Strongest Man contest, Jukka Aro, aka “Jimmy Boy” or “The Lion King,” is found dead in his home. Did he shoot himself or was he murdered?
While investigating the cause of Aro’s death, Lieutenant Ariel Kafka digs deep into the outlandish jet-set life of Jimmy Boy and his wife Dodo, a former erotic model. While attempting to solve the case, Ariel is thrown off his game by the return of a former girlfriend. The detective finds himself caught between two women during the most intense moments of this criminal investigation.
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