Inspector Kari Vaara returns in this book. A woman is found murdered in her lover's flat with her lover beside her claiming he has been hit over the head. Vaara is under great pressure to wrap up the case quickly and arrest the lover. However, he feels this is all too convenient and pursues the case more. He is also told to investigate the war crimes committed by a now 90 year old man and these implicate his grandfather also.
In his private life Kari's wife Kate is 8 and a half months pregnant and her brother and sister from America are staying with the couple leading to cultural and family tensions. All in all I really enjoyed this book and hope there will be another one in the series. A few times I felt that the translation seemed a little clumsy but on the whole it read well.