Jarkko Sipila’s crime novels are based in Helsinki Finland.
Kari Takamaki is a detective lieutenant in the Helsinki Police Violent Crimes unit. Takamaki, unlike most Finnish fictional police characters is not a boozing wildcat, but the ultimate professional who directs his team to track down criminals in an organized fashion. He is also a family man who strives to spend any extra time with his family, sometimes to no avail.
Sipila’s style is direct, realistic, and action packed. He comprehensively describes modern police work in Finland and discusses, but without lecturing, many issues facing today’s societies, such as racism, immigration, witness protection, and legality / morality of police activity around the grey areas, etc. Sipila also address the difficulties and stresses of ordinary police work on the police force and the dedication of Takamaki and his team to
Six out of seventeen Helsinki Homicide -novels have been published in English.