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By Leena Lehtolainen

Noora Nieminen was once destined to turn into an international champion. but if the sixteen-year-old skating sensation is located slain along with her personal skates, her promising occupation is by surprise lower short.

Detective Maria Kallio is seven months pregnant, yet that isn’t going to prevent her from placing every little thing she has into fixing the homicide. With a merchandising at the line and her smug adversary, Pertti Ström, vying for the hot activity, Maria is set to make an arrest. may well or not it's the deviant felony who’s in recent years been terrorizing town? Is it the previous lover of Noora’s mom, who has been stalking the relations considering that she rejected him? Or may perhaps the killer be an individual even nearer than that? With quite a bit using on Noora’s success—and such a lot of individuals with causes to murder—the detective needs to sift in the course of the lengthy record of suspects prior to the case turns ice cold.

Death Spiral, the 5th ebook in Lehtolainen’s overseas bestselling Nordic crime sequence, is a chilling story of sizzling tempers, excessive stakes, and the premature demise of a emerging star.

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I nodded. I had stumbled on a physique as soon as too. although I’d obvious numerous our bodies during my paintings, the event used to be nonetheless lousy. And it appears Noora have been badly overwhelmed. i might have to head over to the Institute of Forensic medication to take a look. yet by way of then the blood might were washed away, her limbs positioned in a resting place, and the terror of demise long gone from her eyes. the belief began to set in that somebody had killed Noora Nieminen, certainly one of our country’s so much promising younger athletes. i'd have most well-liked to not take into consideration the consequences, to easily have the capacity to function on regimen. even if that hardly ever labored for me in a homicide research, irrespective of who the sufferer was once. The irreversibility of loss of life regularly affected the research even if i wished it to or now not. “Maybe I’ll begin with Elena Grigorieva,” I acknowledged to Taskinen, and started working. I knocked at the door to Koivu and Pihko’s place of work, which I had dubbed the Little Boys’ Room. thankfully Pihko was once round and on hand to compliment me to behavior interviews. we might take professional statements later. i peeked at my canvas footwear, which regarded some distance too skinny for the cold climate, yet I didn’t are looking to put on trainers to go to humans in mourning. Elena Grigorieva lived in a high-rise condominium development. it's going to have made experience to name forward to ensure she used to be domestic, yet I didn’t understand no matter if she had heard approximately Noora’s dying but or now not. That wasn’t information i needed to damage over the telephone. I enable Pihko force whereas i attempted to gather the puzzle that was once Elena Grigorieva. She needed to be approximately 40; greater than 20 years had handed on the grounds that her personal days as a determine skater. Grigorieva and her husband Anton had belonged to the Soviet skating crew round the related time as Irina Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev. The Grigorievs have been first-class technically, yet their performances had lacked the non-public sparkle in their extra winning teammates. nonetheless, that they had received medals within the eu and global Championships. Anton Grigoriev had died in a few kind of twist of fate approximately 8 years in the past. The couple had a daughter, Irina, who was once approximately 11 now, and from every little thing I had heard, she had large promise as a determine skater. I didn’t understand the place Elena had met her moment husband, a health club entrepreneur named Tomi Liikanen. that they had married many years prior, and Elena and her daughter had moved to Finland. The Espoo Figure-Skating organization had employed her as a trainer, and the implications have been already commencing to exhibit. Silja Taskinen may most likely be capable of inform me much approximately Grigorieva. my very own influence was once of a practical and excessive, maybe even somewhat intimidating, skater who infrequently smiled. She had retained her previous identify and its Anglicized spelling even after relocating to Finland. I had met Tomi Liikanen once or twice. although the police station had its personal fitness center, and we had permission to exploit it as soon as per week in the course of paintings hours, I most popular to coach someplace I wasn’t surrounded via coworkers. figuring out gave me a holiday from brooding about my task.

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