When Finnish police investigator Anna Fekete’s bag is stolen on holiday in the Balkan village of her birth, she is pulled into a murder investigation that becomes increasingly dangerous … and personal. The electrifying third book in the international, bestselling Anna Fekete series.
***Shortlisted for the Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year***
‘Tough and powerful crime fiction’ Publishers Weekly
'A gut-punch of a book’ Metro
'Dark-souled but clear-eyed, Kati Hiekkapelto’s edgy, powerful novels grip your throat and squeeze your heart. Addictive’ A J Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
Anna Fekete returns to the Balkan village of her birth for a relaxing summer holiday. But when her bag is stolen and the thief is found dead on the banks of the river, Anna is pulled into a murder case. Her investigation leads straight to her own family and to closely guarded secrets concealing a horrendous travesty of justice that threatens them all.
As layer after layer of corruption, deceit and guilt are revealed, Anna is caught up in the refugee crisis spreading across Europe. How long before everything explodes?
Chilling, tense and relevant, The Exiled is an electrifying, unputdownable thriller from one of Finland’s most celebrated crime writers.
'Finnish Kati Hiekkapelto deserves her growing reputation as her individual writing identity is subtly unlike that of her colleagues' Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
'The Exiled represents the next level in creative development of both the author and her heroine. There is the subtle confident maturity: the writer who is not afraid to challenge the current political and social situation, and to rage about it in the most elegant literary manner, and the character who learns more about her roots and her personality, and ways to deal with the feeling of displacement’ Crime Review
‘Compelling, assured and gutsy … a gripping and stimulating read’ LoveReading
‘There is something fresh and slightly subversive about Hiekkapelto’s writing … that makes the novel stand out from the pack’ Doug Johnstone, Big Issue
'An edgy and insightful chiller with a raw and brooding narrative. Skilfully plotted and beautifully written, Hiekkapelto has given us an excellent and suspenseful crime novel’ Craig Robertson
'A beautifully written and many-layered mystery novel that illuminates the dangers of prejudice, while still providing a major thrill ride' Mystery Scene Magazine
‘A taut and provocative thriller with a raging social conscience’ Eva Dolan
‘A writer willing to take risks with her work’ Sarah Ward
‘The taut and elegance of the writing brilliantly contrasts with the grit of the subject matter’ Anya Lipska
Hiekkapelto's intriguing third Anna Fekete novel (after 2016's The Defenceless) takes the Finnish Violent Crimes Unit detective to the Balkan village of Kanizsa, her birthplace, for a vacation. During a wine festival in Kanizsa, someone snatches her purse. Retired policeman G bor Kov cs, her father's former colleague, later returns her purse and explains that the thief's body was found by the river where he drowned, along with her purse. But lots of things remain unexplained, including the disappearance of the little girl who accompanied the thief. When Anna's request to see the body and the riverbank meets official resistance, she enlists the help of policeman P ter Vajda, as well as family friends. Anna begins a tortuous search for witnesses a fisherman, a priest, a politician that eventually leads her to long-buried corruption. Repeated clashes between Anna's Finnish upbringing and her Hungarian heritage add spice.