Fatal Headwind

Leena Lehtolainen

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.

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AUDIO: Word Audio
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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

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The Lynx Factor


2020, Crime & Suspense

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The Ripple Effect


2019, Crime & Suspense

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Oathbreaker


2018, Crime & Suspense

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The Killer's Girlfriend


2017, Crime & Suspense

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The End of Innocence


2016, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

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The Charm of Ice


2016, Crime & Suspense

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The Eye of the Tiger


2015, Crime & Suspense

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A Stroke of Sadness


2013, Crime & Suspense

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The Iron Triangle


2012, Crime & Suspense

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The Devil's Cubs


2011, Crime & Suspense

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The Lion of Justice


2010, Crime & Suspense

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Where Have All the Young Girls Gone


2009, Crime & Suspense

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The Bodyguard


2008, Crime & Suspense

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Derailed


2005, Crime & Suspense

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The Nightingale Murder


2003, Crime & Suspense

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Below the Surface


2000, Crime & Suspense

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Before I Go


1998, Crime & Suspense

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Fatal Headwind


1997, Crime & Suspense

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Death Spiral


1996, Crime & Suspense

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Snow Woman


1995, Crime & Suspense

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Copper Heart


1994, Crime & Suspense

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Her Enemy


1993, Crime & Suspense

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