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Kati Hiekkapelto

  • Original Title: SUOJATTOMAT
  • Publication date: March 2014
  • Publisher: Otava
  • Country: FI
  • 298 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Detective novel


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Finland
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, Corruption, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Multiculturalism


An old man is found dead on an ice covered road, and a Hungarian au pair is accused of running him over. An investigation which becomes increasingly complex where illegal immigration, drugs and murder come to the fore.


Translation rights sold: Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Hungary, World English

Shortlisted for the 2016 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.

Judges comments:
"The second in Hiekkapelto's 'Anna Fekete' series is an assured police procedural rooted in the tradition of the Nordic social crime novel. Its exploration of immigrant experiences is nuanced and timely, and is woven into an absorbing mystery involving an elderly man's death and the escalating activities of an international gang. A mature work by a writer who is unafraid to take on challenging topics."

Kati Hiekkapeltois a special needs teacher by training. She lives on an old farm on the island of Hailuoto in Northern Finland with her children and a sizable menagerie. Hiekkapelto has taught immigrants and lived in the Hungarian region of Serbia. Hiekkapelto’s first novel THE HUMMINGBIRD appeared in spring 2013 and was the start of the detective series featuring Anna Fekete.


When an old man is found dead on the road—seemingly run over by a Hungarian au pair—police investigator Anna Fekete is certain that there is more to the incident than meets the eye. As she begins to unravel an increasingly complex case, she’s led on a deadly trail where illegal immigration, drugs, and, ultimately, murder threaten not only her beliefs, but her life. Anna’s partner Esko is entrenched in a separate but equally dangerous investigation into the activities of an immigrant gang, where deportation orders and raids cause increasing tension and result in desperate measures by gang members—and the police themselves. Then a bloody knife is found in the snow, and the two cases come together in ways that no one could have predicted. As pressure mounts, it becomes clear that having the law on their side may not be enough for Anna and Esko.

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  • Author’s biography

    Kati Hiekkapelto was born in 1970 in Finland. She's a punker, environmental and human rights activist. Today Kati is an international crime writer, punk singer and performance artist.

    KOLIBRI (THE HUMMINGBIRD) was published in Finland by Otava in 2013 and SUOJATTOMAT (THE DEFENCELESS) in 2014. To date, they have been translated into seven languages. THE HUMMINGBIRD was shortlisted for the Petrona Award in the UK in 2015 and THE DEFENCELESS won the prize for the best Finnish Crime Novel of the Year 2014.
    A third ANNA FEKETE novel will be published in Finland by Otava in Spring 2016.

    She lives and writes in her 200-year-old farmhouse in Hailuoto, an island in the Gulf of Bothnia, North Finland. In her free time she rehearses with her band, runs, hunts, picks berries and mushrooms, and gardens. During long, dark winter months she chops wood to heat her house, shovels snow and skis. Writing seems fairly easy, after all that.