Murder. Corruption. Dark secrets. A titanic wave of refugees. Can Anna solve a terrifying case that's become personal?
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. `Tough and powerful crime fiction' Publishers Weekly `There is something fresh and slightly subversive about Hiekkapelto's writing ... that makes the novel stand out from the pack' Doug Johnstone, The Big Issue '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 'A gut-punch of a book' The Metro '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