Below the Surface

Leena Lehtolainen

Original title: Veren vimma

Author: Leena Lehtolainen

Published: 2003

Publisher: Tammi

Genre: Crime & Suspense

Pages: 311

Part of a series: Maria Kallio series

Reading material:

English edition
Finnish edition

When a woman’s body turns up in a lake—a bullet to the back of her head—Violent Crime Unit commander Maria Kallio, freshly back from maternity leave, is fast to get on the case. The victim is ID’d as Annukka Hackman, wife of a prominent publisher and author of an upcoming unauthorized tell-all book on Sasha Smeds, Finland’s celebrated racing rally driver.

Almost as soon as the inquiry starts, it goes off the rails, as those connected to Annukka—and to Smeds—seem to have more secrets than they have alibis. Was the journalist about to reveal a bombshell that someone was desperate to keep quiet? Or will it take some reading between the lines? The clues may be few, but the list of suspects is long. As she struggles to balance her home life, run a department tainted by career-threatening allegations, and catch a killer, Maria is shocked to find just what someone was willing to do in the name of love…or revenge.

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
TV RIGHTS: Jarowskij Finland

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About author

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.

Lehtolainen created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, a new Maria Kallio TV reboot series was launched in Fall 2021 on C More. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

And just like the events in Bodyguard, a that takes the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

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.

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is her first title for YA audiences.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio.

Bibliography


2022, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

Leena Lehtolainen

The Crossing of the Green Dragon


2021, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Lynx Factor


2020, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Ripple Effect


2019, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Oathbreaker


2018, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Killer's Girlfriend


2017, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The End of Innocence


2016, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

Leena Lehtolainen

The Charm of Ice


2016, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Eye of the Tiger


2015, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

A Stroke of Sadness


2013, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Iron Triangle


2012, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Devil's Cubs


2011, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Lion of Justice


2010, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone


2009, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Bodyguard


2008, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Derailed


2005, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Nightingale Murder


2003, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Below the Surface


2000, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Before I Go


1998, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Fatal Headwind


1997, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Death Spiral


1996, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Snow Woman


1995, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Copper Heart


1994, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Her Enemy


1993, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

My First Murder