Original title: Loukko
Author: Max Seeck
Genre: Crime & Suspense
Part of a series: Jessica Niemi series
Full English ms available
The fourth title in the NYT-bestselling Jessica Niemi series!
A month after solving the Zetterborg case, Jessica Niemi is ordered on paid leave after an altercation, and she decides to travel to a small island in the Åland archipelago to escape the attention and find some peace. Meanwhile, a group of old people arrive on the same island, and Jessica learns that they are the remaining members of the Doves, the people who had to flee from Finland to Sweden during World War II and ended up living in an orphanage on the very same island.
One evening, Jessica hears a local legend about a girl who also inhabited the orphanage once, but who was mentally ill. Every night at two o'clock, the girl put on her blue coat and went to stand on the pier, waiting for something that never showed up. One night she disappeared and was never found. That same night, one of the remaining Doves dies.
Jessica soon finds out that two other people have previously faced the same fate on the same island, and all three people seem to have something to do with the girl in the blue coat. A chain of events starts to escalate, and we don’t know whether we’re facing a killer or - just like the legend says - a ghost, the girl in the blue coat.
Jessica Niemi is once again facing a scary mystery where the stakes are considerable. Whilst battling her own demons, uncertain what is real and what is not, she needs to find out the truth.
The fourth installment of the Jessica Niemi series of detective novels is the best to date and proves Seeck’s mastery of the genre’s traditions.
– Helsingin Sanomat starred review
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ESTONIA: Kirjastus Pegasus
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
USA & CANADA: Berkley / Penguin Random House