View Gallery

The Exiled

Published Date: 10th February 2016

Available in

$0

EBook
9781910633526
£5.99
1st August 2016
Paperback
9781910633519
£8.99
13 September 2016
£14.99
10th October 2016

Description

Murder. Corruption. Dark secrets. A titanic wave of refugees. Can Anna solve a terrifying case that’s become personal?  

Anna Fekete returns to the Balkan village of her birth for a relaxing summer holiday. But when her purse is stolen and the thief is found dead on the banks of the river, Anna is pulled into a murder case. Her investigation leads straight to her own family, to closely guarded secrets concealing a horrendous travesty of justice that threatens them all. As layer after layer of corruption, deceit and guilt are revealed, Anna is caught up in the refugee crisis spreading like wildfire across Europe. How long will it take before everything explodes?

Chilling, taut and relevant, The Exiled is an electrifying, unputdownable thriller from one of Finland’s most celebrated crime writers.

.

‘Finnish Kati Hiekkapelto deserves her growing reputation, as her individual writing identity is subtly unlike that of her colleagues…her socially committed style acquires more polish with each successive book’ Barry Forshaw

.

‘There is something fresh and slightly subversive about Hiekkapelto’s writing … that makes the novel stand out from the pack’ Doug Johnstone, The Big Issue

.

‘Crisp and refreshing, with a rawness that comes from a writer willing to take risks with her work’ Sarah Ward, CrimePieces

.

‘’An edgy and insightful chiller with a raw and brooding narrative. Skilfully plotted and beautifully written, Hiekkapelto has given us an excellent and suspenseful crime novel’ Craig Robertson

.

‘Seriously good! The taut elegance of the writing brilliantly contrasts the grit of the subject matter. Kati Hiekkapelto is the real deal’ Anya Lipska

.

‘A gripping slice of Scandi-noir’ Raven Crime Reads

Author

Kati Hiekkapelto was born in 1970 in Oulu, Finland. She wrote her first stories at the age of two and recorded them on cassette tapes. The main characters in these early tales were elephants, elves and little girls, so she’s moved on a little from that. Kati worked as a local private detective between 1979 and 1982, and solved many serious crimes committed by her neighbours. By the age of  twelve she had read all Agatha Christie’s novels, and was sure that her mother is going to poison her. In 1984 she had a bad hairdresser experience and became a punker. She´s been punker, environmental and human rights activist since then. Kati has studied Fine Arts in Liminka Art School and Special Education at the University of Jyväskylä. The subject of her final thesis/dissertation was racist bullying in Finnish schools. She went on to work as a special-needs teacher for immigrant children. Today Kati is an international crime writer, punk singer and performance artist. Her books 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. The Defenceless was also one of the top ten bestselling books in Finland last year, across all genres. 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.

Translator

David Hackston is a British translator of Finnish and Swedish literature and drama. He graduated from University College London in 1999 with a degree in Scandinavian Studies and now lives in Helsinki where he works as a freelance translator. Notable publications include The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, Maria Peura’s coming-of-age novel At the Edge of Light, Johanna Sinisalo’s eco-thriller Birdbrain and two crime novels by Matti Joensuu. His drama translations include three plays by Heini Junkkaala, most recently Play it, Billy! (2012) about the life and times of jazz pianist Billy Tipton. David is also a regular contributor to Books from Finland. In 2007 he was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Translation.

Online Reviews

‘Hiekkapelto’s particular type of crime genre is deeply intertwined with social critique, as was already evident in The Defenceless. This is a happy marriage, and she manages to discuss touchy and topical issues such as immigration without succumbing into the dangers of holier-than-thou territory. For me, however, this was a book about Anna’ One Day I Will Read

.

‘A compelling, assured and gutsy crime thriller set in Serbia among the refugee crisis. Anna returns to the borders of Hungary and Serbia for a holiday, there she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous investigation with chilling links to her own family. Kati Hiekkapelto allows information to wait, just out of sight, and then releases it to swirl, linger and provoke. Each new surprise ensured my opinion of Anna altered as I read, my attention was ensnared further, and I became completely absorbed by this tension filled read. With red herrings slipping through the story line, and an absolutely fascinating location, ‘The Exiled’ is a gripping and stimulating read.’ Love Reading.

.

‘The Exiled certainly kept me guessing until the end. Just when I thought I had it sussed, there was another twist thrown into the plot. But this book is about much more than the crime and Anna’s investigations. Kati Hiekkapelto isn’t afraid to tackle controversial social issues, going beyond the reach of most crime fiction, with a taut compelling writing style, an amazing sense of location and a multi-layered thought-provoking plot.’ Off The Shelf Books

.

The Exiled combined all the aspects I love about a crime novel. The prose is atmospheric and evocatively described by the author, delivering to the reader a colourful sense of place which allows you to place and picture the action in the book perfectly. The mystery is multi-layered and never lets up – the twists kept on coming and any guesses kept on being proved wrong.’ Reviewed the Book

.

‘I really did enjoy reading this book.  I was hooked from the very first word on the very first page and I wasn’t released from the book’s grip until the last word on the last page.  ‘The Exiled’ was a real ‘CPID’ (Can’t put it down book) in that it came everywhere with me and I begrudged having to take my dogs for their walk as it meant I had to stop reading.’ Ginger Book Geek

.

‘Anna Fekete is another new-to-me female detective I will definitely enjoy following – once I’ve read the books I already have, of course! Those who enjoy their dose of Scandinavian chills will have to wait until the next book, but I found the Balkan setting as intriguing and different as any Scandinavian one. And Kati Hiekkapelto is certainly a talented writer, who can spin a tale with an unexpected ending!’ Crime Worm

.

Kati talks about her 5 favourite crime authors as part of her blog tour Crime Thriller Girl

.

‘I found The Exiled to be an enjoyable read. Though it is a little slower paced to my usual reads, that didn’t matter as Kati Hiekkapelto has a very nice writing style which flows well. The Exiled is a stylish, secretive and compulsive book. Highly recommended.’ Bibliophile Book Club

.

‘I was completely engaged in this story, there were just enough details pertaining to Anna’s personal life to draw me in, yet not so many that it detracted from the main plot. Though the pace is on the slower side, once Anna starts untangling the web, the action does ramp up and the ending was a bit of a nail biter. I will definitely be looking forward to reading the next book in this smart and interesting series.’ Novel Gossip

.

‘Anna Fekete is a fine character in Finnish Noir and this time her returning to her home town and solving a crime there makes for a nice change of pace and intrigue. A character out of  her comfort zone and a country not really explored much in crime fiction.It’a all unfamiliar ground both for me and for Anna which makes this stand out.’

The Book Trail

.

‘The vivid descriptions of both scenery and characters really bring them alive.  The easy flowing style of writing lends itself well to this story, the well woven threads of the plot ensure that the pace is good and slowly increases with the secrets that are waiting to be unearthed, drawing the reader in and making this a compulsive read.’

The Quiet Knitter

.

David Hackston, the translator of the Anna Fekete series does an interview as part of The Exiled blog tour.

Shots Mag

.

‘The story itself was really well written and was really interesting, I didn’t want to put the book down as I needed to know what happened. I really was kept guessing until the end to figure out who did what and why! There are a lot of quite important and relevant topics covered in this book too, mainly about refugees and people trafficking. The book covers how countries and the public see these people coming through where they live, with extremely differing views. It’s definitely very brave to touch upon these subjects, but I think that they have been covered very well by the author.’ Life of a Nerdish Mum

.

Kati does and interview as part of her blog tour. Lucy V Hay

.

‘It is truly addictive stuff. You can’t help but fall into the story head over heels and you can’t get out once you are in until it is done. This author writes like a rock star playing to the crowd.The world of crime fiction encompasses many things. But I find these novels to be unique in their impact. I’d like to explain why but I can’t. That in itself probably says enough. Highly Recommended.’ Liz Loves Books

.

‘Anna uncovers a disturbing series of events that suggest respected citizens are routinely breaking the law. There have been miscarriages of justice but, when itinerant people are involved, few seem to care. The writing remains sharp and focused throughout, flowing deftly as the true darkness of the tale is revealed. Anna is a complex, vulnerable yet strong and admirable protagonist. This was a taut and satisfying read.’ Never Imitate

.

‘The Anna Fekete series gets better with every new book that Kati Hiekkapelto writes and once again proves that she is on top of her chosen genre. Her writing continues to be fresh and exciting, while at the same time subversive and it is the reason that her reputation continues to grow and garner new fans. The Exiled is an excellent crime thriller that will enthral you with a brilliant story and characterisation that will leave you impressed, and wanting more.’

Atticus Finch, Goodreads

.

Kati talks about crime fiction on a Guardian Podcast. The Guardian

.

The Exiled will have you second guessing just about every character, trying to work out if they’re helping or hindering Anna and whether our heroine is in danger or not. What she finds out about her father’s death could break her heart, and could leave her in mortal danger. But while you’re willing her on, part of you will not want the mystery to be solved because that will mean the end of the book.’ Crime Fiction Lover

.

‘The Exiled is an intense story, it is not a fast-paced action tale, it has a complex plot with intriguing twists and astutely created characters. Kati Hiekkapelto is an accomplished author, and Anna Fekete is a great character. Gritty, topical and elegantly written, The Exiled is a very powerful crime fiction novel.’

Random Things Through My Letterbox

.

‘Anna is busy with her informal (yet still pretty sophisticated) investigation – but there seems a little more to it than that. And the local boy with whim she has a brief fling (to her mother’s disapproval. Real love, lust, or – perhaps – a need for something solid in her life (despite angry words when her mother urges her to settle down). It’s difficult to say. We’ll have to read more about Anna and find out. An excellent further instalment to this series which only deepens the reader’s understanding and sympathy for Anna (even though she can be a bit awkward at times…)’

Blue Book Balloon

.

‘Hiekkapelto writes in her signature taut, gritty and unsparing style – translated once again from the Finnish by David Hackston … In the last third of the book, the tension mounts as the enormity of the crime is uncovered, leading to a shocking and satisfying conclusion.’ Claire Thinking

.

‘The Exiled was a really intriguing read. I was just as determined as Anna to find out why the police in her small home town weren’t doing their jobs properly and as to who was really behind her fathers death. It certainly makes for quite a thrilling read. I would certainly read more books in the series featuring Anna.’

By the letter Book Reviews

.

‘So far this book has proved most intriguing and is one of those books you get sucked into when you start reading.  Time disappears while you follow Anna and agonise over her decisions with her.  I’m disappointed that I haven’t been able to finish this book in time for the blog tour but it will definitely be finished soon as there is no way I can leave it and not know what happens to Anna, the investigation and all the other interesting characters that have appeared so far.’ Book Lover Worm Blog

.
The Exiled was definitely a slow burner for me as it’s only around the halfway point that I really felt myself drawn into the writing but from that point on I couldn’t read fast enough to discover whether my suspicions as to what was going on and who was involved were proved right.  I will admit that at first I struggled with the words/phrases that had not been interpreted so, rather than trying to work out what they meant which I normally do with a translated book, I simply skipped past these which didn’t spoil my enjoyment of reading this book.’ Shaz’s Book Blog

.

‘I really enjoyed this book, the investigation, both into the crime and the treatment of refugees, and Hiekkapelto’s brilliant writing style. I will be going back and reading The Hummingbird and The Defenceless to find out more about Anna, I also look forward to more novels from Hiekkapelto.’ Have Books Will Read

 

‘Kati Hiekkapelto has a great knack with characterisation, and the story  flows at a gentle pace, much like the river which plays such a central part of the story. Anna’s investigations take their toll on friendships and family, but you’re always on her side, willing her to uncover the truth, no matter how hard it might be to hear.’ Espresso Coco

.

Jolabokaflod’s Book of the day

.

‘This novel has started off with a bang and something I literally can’t put down! I love the international flavour in this novel and features the main detective Anna Fekete returning to her homeland. The author weaves such beautiful descriptions into a hard, gritty crime novel and isn’t afraid to tackle tough topical issues. I can’t wait to find out how it ends!’ Chillers, Killers and Thrillers

.

Kati talks about her research in Serbia as part of the Blog Tour. Portobello Book Blog

.

‘The Exiled is the third book in the series to feature Anna Fekete. You could easily read this book and follow the story, it is slightly different to the earlier books … It’s very topical, the refugee crisis affects much of Europe and I hadn’t realized that this area was one of those that was struggling with people trying to get a better life. At times it was hard to read, seeing how one small act of kindness could make such a huge difference to somebody’s day. As always it is about power, greed and politics.’ Steph’s Book Blog

.

‘The Exiled is a deeply complex and twisting crime drama played out at a slower pace than I had expected but that is not a criticism for me this helped with the drama that was being played out. Most crime dramas are played out at a faster pace and sometimes there is a struggle to keep up but this slower paced novel really worked for me it helped me get to know the key characters and also the locations.’ The Last Word Book Review

.

‘I really enjoyed reading The Exiled and the intrigue surrounding a seemingly simple crime which unravels into a complex web of guilt and deceit. I am interested in reading the previous books in the Anna Fekete series to discover more about her character and the crimes that she is immersed in.’

The Owl on the Bookshelf

.

The Exiled is a wonderfully well timed story, released at a time where racial tensions are at a level higher than we have seen for many a long year but Kati Hiekkapelto is challenging these. Anna denounces the prejudices and the author also ensures she highlights the plight that refugees face, it is done with simple elegant prose and the story benefits from the compassion displayed.’ Grab This Book

.

‘As Anna finds herself increasingly at risk, but being as determined as a dog with a bone, I was totally caught up in this story from the start, and pulled in once again by the magnetism of Anna’s character, and her unerring ability to use the less attractive traits of her personality to get to the root of this mystery. Beautifully translated by David Hackston, The Exiled is another winner from Kati Hiekkappelto and I, for one, cannot wait to see what Anna gets tangled up in next. Highly recommended.’

Raven Crime Reads

..

Kati Answers questions about the Anna Fekete series as part of the blog tour. Damp Pebbles

.

Kati has a chat about her favourite crime films. From First Page to Last

‘The Exiled is bitingly current yet not feeling you belong is an experience shared by many in a turbulent and often brutal world and Hiekkapelto understands this. She writes with an uncompromising honesty about the human condition. I truly loved The Exiled and am honoured to be a part of a blog tour to highlight the quality of writing coming out of Finland. Please see below for more stops on the tour and check out some of the other blog posts about this superb book and talented author.’

Hair Past A Freckle

.

‘The pace is faster and more compelling. Heikkapelto’s writing style is immersive and distinct but for me I would have liked a little more Finland so I will be checking out the first two of the Anna Fekete novels, The Hummingbird and The Defenceless.’ Words Shortlist

.

‘I loved visiting Anna on her home territory. It revealed another side to her. Slowly the pieces are coming together. One day we will understand Anna. Maybe. This is an addictive series, unique and hard to step away from. Social commentary with a strong Finnish flavour, with Anna at its heart. Excellent!’ Northern Crime

.

‘The Exiled is riddled with tension, dark humour and fear. I was drawn in from the very first page because of the strong narrative voice – I’m a sucker for great characterisation. On top of that, Anna’s reluctance to call the place she grew up ‘home’ caught my attention immediately. I wanted to know what was so bad about the place aside from the fact that she isn’t ever acknowledged for who she is. I’m a huge fan of novels where characters stand up to ill-willed societal attitudes. Anna’s forthcoming and very much uninfluenced by those around her. I loved her determination, independence and even the bits that she tried to stifle.’ This Crime Book

.

‘I found The Exiled to be an engrossing read. Alienated people and a disconnected past add to its depth. It drew me in and kept me guessing. Kati’s smooth writing style carries you with her as the tension mounts. The descriptions of the Serbian village flow from the narrative. As a contemporary crime novel, it is a class act. In short: a gripping crime novel with insight and a social conscience.’

Books Life and Everything

.

‘As much as I enjoy tearing though a fast-paced thriller, I love a good slow-burner and The Exiled more than delights; the writing is calm and effective – it draws you in with deceptive ease until you’re fully immersed in both place and plot with a great level of detail and characters and as determined to get to the bottom of the mystery as Anna Fekete herself.’ Mumbling About

.

‘The Exiled is a dramatic and well worked thriller but, as ever with Kati’s books, it carries a message of social conscience. The good people of Kanizsa look down on the Roma, who live amongst them but who have no hope of successful local employment and whose men go off begging around Europe – thus reinforcing the stereotype of them being nothing but wasters. It is, though, an exciting and thought provoking read.’ Trip Fiction

..

‘The investigation is engaging, carefully put together clue by clue, but the detective’s personality begins to grate. Her invariably ‘correct’ way of thinking makes her a self-righteous bore. She saves her vitriol for anyone who happens to have a different opinion to herself: ‘Jesus Christ, how stupid can people be?’’ The Spectator

.

‘The Exiled unfolds with the gradual peeling away of layers where secret upon secret is slowly unravelled. Anna’s personal journey and the social situation add to the depth of the novel, making this much more than your average thriller. Intelligently and beautifully written, The Exiled is a tense read perfectly mixing gripping thriller with social and political commentary.’ Bloomin Brilliant Books

.

‘I loved The Exiled for many reasons. Firstly it’s a superb thriller, it’s dark and suspenseful, Anna’s investigation means we know the townsfolk aren’t all they seem and it could result in her life being in danger. This is a proper chilling and tense page-turner of a mystery. As good as it is as a thriller though, what really makes The Exiled stand out for me is its very human soul. This is actually a book about not belonging.’ Hairpastafreckle

.

‘The sense of place I got from reading the way in Kati Hiekkapelto described Serbia, the language and imagery so clear, I almost felt I was there myself. I can only imagine how this will translate into setting in the first two books. And speaking of translation, a flawless job by David Hackston. The fluidity of the text is absolutely perfect. A thrilling, corruption busting, prejudice-challenging 5 stars.’

Jen Med’s Book Reviews

.

‘Although this is a fairly dark crime novel, it is written with a poetic feeling about it, with the descriptions about the Tisza, the mayfly hatching that makes the river blossom, the festival that all the inhabitants of the town are literally waiting for so they can celebrate.  It is a bright light of hope, in a novel who’s subject matter is really quite bleak.’ The Very Pink Notebook

..

‘The Anna Fekete series gets better with every new book that Kati Hiekkapelto writes and this new novel once again proves that she is on top of her chosen genre. Her writing continues to be fresh and exciting, while at the same time subversive, which is the reason her reputation continues to grow. The Exiled is an excellent crime thriller that will enthral you due to the brilliant story and characterisation that will leave you impressed and wanting more.’ Nudge Books

.

The Exiled was chosen as one of Crime Fiction Lover’s recommended books.

Crime Fiction Lover

..

‘I enjoyed this book.  The pace was good. The story was intriguing. It is well written and skillfully translated.  I could feel the sunshine on my skin, smell the refugee camp and was torn up during the emotionally distressing scenes. As well as having an interesting structure the suspense hung in the air until the end.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in contemporary crime fiction.’ Nordic Noir Blog

.

‘Probably Hiekkapelto’s best book to date, The Exiled looks with insight and compassion at the lot of displaced people migrating through Europe and depressingly familiar attitudes to Roma. The translation is by David Hackston.’ The Exiled gets a special mention in the Nordic Noir round up. Crime Pieces

.

‘Finnish punk singer Hiekkapelto is a newer voice on the Nordic Noir scene, but has quickly elbowed her way into a must-read status for fans of elegantly written socially conscious mystery writing. The Exiled is a beautifully written mystery full of intriguing characters and a superb sense of place. Hiekkapelto is unafraid to dig into contemporary prejudices in relation to gypsies and refugees. The way hosts of people are dismissed by those in authority and everyday citizens. Topical, elegant, and chilling. The Exiled is further evidence that Hiekkapelto is a star continuing to rise.’ Craig Sisterson

.

The Exiled was selected as one of the highly anticipated paperback crime books of 2017 by Eva Dolan

.

‘The Exiled is a well-written book that portrays its subject and the background surrounding it in a telling, memorable and haunting manner.  I think it will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers and would recommend it unreservedly.’

 Promoting Crime

.

‘I absolutely loved this book. It was the perfect mixture of a modern and realistic plot and a very good mystery. It definitely highlights the problems faced by the refugee community and it’s heart-breaking at times. It was my first by the author but I will definitely be reading more in future. A thoroughly gripping and educational 5* read!’ Anne Bonny Book Reviews

 

Reviews (3)

3 Comments

  1. Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY FIVE
    Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY FIVE 14th December 2016 at 8:05 pm .

    […] The Exiled […]

  2. Penultimate DAY! Countdown to RUPTURE
    Penultimate DAY! Countdown to RUPTURE 22nd December 2016 at 8:00 pm .

    […] The Exiled […]

  3. […] Orenda Books publicity page […]