Like Publishing, 2009.
By Tuomas Lius.
From the publisher:
A weapon of mass destruction from the Second World War.
A lake in Northern Karelia.
A distinguished female undercover cop and a redneck heartthrob.
These are the ingredients of Haka, a startling first effort which is shooting to the top of the thriller charts. It is a supreme mix of eccentric characters and multiple sources of suspense that culminates in a race to find an abandoned German recognisance device at the bottom of a lake in Northern Karelia.
Tuomas Lius (born 1976) moves through the story with a master’s touch, succeeding in building an unusually smooth and believable thriller with a style of its own, a book that will entertain readers across generations.
“Haka” is Japanese for “bury”, and is, in this book, the name of a weapon developed by the Japanese.
My take: I particularly like the intensity of the initial setup between the protagonist and the terrorist Mona Knaup. The beginning is a really grabber. The proof is in the pudding with this one, folks. Check out the sample.