Priest of Evil

Priest of Evil

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There is nothing more chilling than a mysterious murderer who is never seen, even by the cameras.

After a strange succession of deaths at Helsinki tube stations, the police are baffled: no one has seen anything and the tapes from the CCTV show nothing. Detective Sergeant Timo Harjunpaa of the Helsinki Violent Crimes Unit has seen more than enough of the seamier side of human nature in his career, but the forces of evil have never before crossed his path in such an overwhelming fashion. It emerges that his adversary is a deluded but dangerous character living in an underground bunker in the middle of an uninhabited Helsinki hillside. Detective Sergeant Harjunpaa must now face his most terrifying case yet.

‘Matti Joensuu – a scholarly cop who might get along better with Morse than Rebus – has emerged from a long silence with a ninth novel about Detective Hajunpaa’ Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Priest of Evil centres on a fanatical priest who brainwashes teenagers into carrying bomb-filled backpacks. Joensuu, who believes the police officer’s ‘ringside seat’ on society can lend prescience, says “the priest believes there is only one way to think. So do suicide bomers and superpowers”’ Maya Jaggi, Guardian

‘An enjoyable and thought-provoking read’ Newbooks

‘A truly disturbing experience’ Crime Time

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08 Jul 2008
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About the author

  • Matti Joensuu

    Matti Joensuu is a best-selling Finnish crime fiction author. He has for most of his life worked as an arson and explosives expert with the Helsinki police. His series featuring Detective Sergeant Timo Harjunp of the Helsinki force is immensley popular and has been translated into other languages.

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