03 / 2014
Approx. 350
140 x 202 mm
Crime and Thrillers
Published by:
Kati Hiekkapelto

The Defenceless

With her immigrant roots, Anna Fekete encounters emotional pain spots in her own identity in her police work. Exactly who are defenceless, and in what ways?

An old man is run over by a car and dies. Investigating the case, Anna Fekete feels as if everything doesn’t quite fit together. The Hungarian au pair girl who was driving the car says that the old man was already lying in the road when she drove over him, and no footprints from the victim are found at the site of the accident.

At the same time, Anna’s work partner Esko is investigating the activities of an immigrant gang that has landed in Finland. What part did the young man who received a deportation decision play in the death that is discovered in the raid on the drug house? Amid the increasingly dangerous police investigations Anna finds herself racked with homesickness.

Hiekkapelto’s first novel Kolibri appeared in spring 2013 and was the start of the detective series featuring Anna Fekete.




2014 The Clew of the Year (for Finland’s Best Crime Novel of the year)

Shortlisted for The Glass Key Award 2016

Shortlisted for The Petrona Award 2016 in the UK (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year)



Kati Hiekkapelto has written a story so addictive, readers are left wanting more. Her books are a fine addition to the canon of crime fiction by Nordic women authors and stands up to international comparison. – Hämeen Sanomat

It’s a lot like reading Henning Mankell , when Senior Constable Anna Fekete works on several tricky cases in the icy-cold winter of Northern Finland while contemplating the hardness of life. – Helsingin Sanomat

I loved the nuanced depiction of the young heroine, the warts and all portrayal of her older partner, the detailed and realistic steps of a police investigation, plus the insight into the difficult life of an illegal alien. – crimefictionlover, UK

The novel is well paced and its numerous mysteries provide plenty of forward momentum and suspense. – Vicky newham’s blog, UK

I loved this! It’s more than just a crime novel, but examines the issues that might lead to the crimes. – ourbookreviews online, UK

The best crime fiction offers so much more than the solving of crimes. This book offers a twisting and turning plot presented within a raw and tightly written narrative. It also takes the reader inside the heads of every character, enabling them to see their world anew. A powerful and captivating read that I did not wish to put down so finished in a day. I will be absorbing the thoughts elicited for much longer. – Never Imitate Blog, UK

Foreign rights information

Full English translation and synopsis of the series in English are available.

Published in:

  • Denmark (Turbine)
  • Hungary (Athenaeum)
  • Germany (Heyne / Random House)
  • UK  (Orenda Books)
  • USA (Orenda Books)
  • World English Audio (Audible)


Rights sold to:

  • Italy (Atmosphere Libri)
  • Poland (Newsweek)
  • Russia (AST)
  • Sweden (Modernista)
  • World English (Orenda Books)