Publication Date: December 2011
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the April 2010 Indie Next List
“Translated from Finnish, this winner of Finland's top literary prizes is the story of Aliide, an Estonian peasant who survived the Soviet occupation, only to face the brutal realities of a post-occupation world when her sister's granddaughter shows up half-conscious in her yard. Powerful writing and exacting sense of place make this book stand out.”
-- Claire Benedict, Bear Pond Books of Montpelier, Montpelier, VT
Deep in an Estonian forest, two women one young, one old are hiding. Zara is a prostitute and a murderer, on the run from brutal captors, men who know about inflicting punishment. Aliide offers refuge, but not safety: she has her own secrets, traitorous crimes of passion and revenge committed long ago, during the country s brutal Soviet years. Both women have suffered lives of abuse. But this time their survival depends on revealing the one thing history has taught them to keep safely hidden: the truth. A haunting, intimate and gripping story of suspicion, betrayal and retribution against a backdrop of Soviet oppression and European war. "Finland s hottest crime writer will soon be as well-known as Stieg Larsson." Sunday Times"