Kiss of Santa (a short story)
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
Translated from Finnish by Jill G. Timbers.