Ice Moon by Jan Costin Wagner

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Only a week after losing his wife, a distraught Detective Kimmo Joentaa returns to work to join a murder inquiry. It is the case of a woman smothered in her sleep--a curiously tranquil death, it seems, and one with no motive--and Kimmo becomes obsessed. The only clues are a half-empty bottle of red wine, two glasses, and a missing painting, a blurred landscape of no value. When a young man is found murdered in bed the next day in a hostel room with seven people asleep around him, Kimmo realizes a serial killer must be at work.

As he struggles with the memory of his wife s early death, Kimmo investigates the murders and tries to understand the mind of the perpetrator, who appears to be quiet, self-effacing, and affable--why then the urge to destroy? Set in Finland during the unnervingly long days of late summer near the top of the world, Ice Moon is an unsettling, poignant mystery.


About Jan Costin Wagner

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JAN COSTIN WAGNER is a journalist and freelance writer. He divides his time between Germany and Finland, which is his wife's home country. John Brownjohn is a contributor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt titles including: "Ice Moon".
Published January 1, 2006 by Harcourt. 320 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When a later chapter in the same eerie narrative voice describes a sensual killing, the reader gets two surprises: Mrs. Ojaranta is the victim and Joentaa the police detective assigned to the case.

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It's hard to know how accurate the police procedural elements are -- Joentaa seems to get very close to a number of people involved in the case -- but in the end it really doesn't detract from the story.

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