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Kiss of Santa (a short story)

Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen, born in

Vesanto in 1964, is Finland's most

successful female crime author,

with her titles consistently

topping the country’s best-seller lists. More than two

million copies of her books have been sold worldwide, and

her works have been translated into twenty-nine languages.

In addition to her career as an author, Lehtolainen has

worked as a literary researcher, columnist, and critic. Her

best-known character is the tough, down-to-earth, and

emotionally intelligent police officer Maria Kallio.

To celebrate the season, we end with this taut thriller of a

woman in a fat Santa suit, set on a very special department

store mission. You can find this new story, and so much

more, in the tingling collection,

Helsinki Noir ,

just out by

Akashic Press.

Translated from Finnish by Jill G. Timbers.