Fatal Headwind

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Original title: Tuulen puolella

Author: Leena Lehtolainen

Published: 1998

Publisher: Tammi

Genre: Crime & Suspense

Pages: 348

Part of a series: Maria Kallio series

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Maria Kallio is returning from maternity leave to take up her post as the head of violent crime at the Espoo Police Department. She spends her last free weekend with her husband, Antti, and her baby, Ida, on the fortress island of Rödskär.

A year earlier, one of Maria’s ex-boyfriends, Harri Immonen, a bird watcher, died in a fall on the steep cliffs of the island. The island’s owner, Anne Merivaara, asks Maria to reopen the case. Was it really an accident or is this a case of murder?

On the anniversary of Harri’s death, Juha Merivaara loses his life on the same rocks. It can’t be a coincidence. Who would want to get rid of the CEO of a company that makes ecological paint products? His wife, Anne, his animal rights activist son, or his daughter, who is dating an opera singer her father’s age? Or is the culprit world-circumnavigating sailor Mikke Sjöberg, who Maria finds altogether too interesting?

After losing the race for chief inspector to Maria, Pertti Ström has begun acting strangely. At the same time, the violent crimes unit is being kept busy by animal rights activist strikes all over Espoo. As the fields of Kauklahti burn, Maria is forced to decide who is really on the side of nature and justice.


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.

Leena’s brand new title The Ripple Effect was published in August 2020. It is already the 15th book of the very popular Maria Kallio series that has sold over 2,5 million copies worldwide!

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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.


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The Devil's Cubs

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The Lion of Justice

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Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

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The Bodyguard

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The Nightingale Murder

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Below the Surface

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Before I Go

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Fatal Headwind

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Death Spiral

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Snow Woman

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