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James Thompson (1964-2014) was an American-Finish author of crime fiction novels. He wrote the Inspector Vaara series. James was born and raised in eastern Kentucky, but spent the last years of his life in Finland. He became fluent in the language (he studied six languages) and also earned his Master’s degree in English philology from the University of Helsinki.

James Thompson made his debut as a published novelist in 2009 with Snow Angels. The final novel he was able to finish was Helsinki Blood in 2013. A fifth novel, Helsinki Dead, went incomplete at the time of his death. Below is a list of James Thompson’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Inspector Kari Vaara Books

Publication Order of Akashic Noir Books

Brooklyn Noir (By: Tim McLoughlin) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Havana Noir (By: Achy Obejas) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Las Vegas Noir (By: Jarret Keene) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Trinidad Noir (By: Elizabeth Nunez) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Istanbul Noir (By: Tarkan Barlas) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Paris Noir (By: Aurélien Masson) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
San Francisco Noir 2 (By: Peter Maravelis) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Portland Noir (By: Monica Drake) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mexico City Noir (By: Paco Ignacio Taibo II) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Indian Country Noir (By: Sarah Cortez) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Moscow Noir (By: Irina Denezhkina) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Philadelphia Noir (By: Carlin Romano) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Barcelona Noir (By: Achy Obejas) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
St. Petersburg Noir (By: Pavel Krusanov) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Kansas City Noir (By: Steve Paul,Kevin Prufer) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Boston Noir 2 (By: Jaime Clarke) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Helsinki Noir (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tel Aviv Noir (By: Assaf Gavron) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Zagreb Noir (By: Nada Gašić) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Buffalo Noir (By: Kim Chinquee) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Marseille Noir (By: Salim Hatubou) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Beirut Noir (By: Abbas Beydoun) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Rio Noir (By: Tony Bellotto) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Brussels Noir (By: Sara Doke) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
San Juan Noir (By: Mayra Santos-Febres) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Oakland Noir (By: JerryThompson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Buenos Aires Noir (By: Ernesto Mallo) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
São Paulo Noir (By: Tony Bellotto) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hong Kong Noir (By: Susan Blumberg- Kason) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Houston Noir (By: Gwendolyn Zepeda) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Addis Ababa Noir (By: Maaza Mengiste) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Belgrade Noir (By: Vesna Goldsworthy) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Accra Noir (By: Nana Brew-Hammond) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Paris Noir: The Suburbs (By: Cloé Mehdi) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

There is No Health Without Mental Health Anthology(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

If You Like James Thompson Books, You’ll Love…

James Thompson Synopsis: Snow Angels is the first Inspector Vaara novel by James Thompson. Kaamos is two weeks of unrelenting darkness and soul-numbing cold that falls upon Finnish Lapland, a hundred miles into the Arctic Circle, just prior to Christmas. Some get through it with the help of cheap booze; others fall into depression. This year, it may have driven someone mad enough to commit murder. The brutalized body of a beautiful Somali woman has been found in the snow, and Inspector Kari Vaara must find her killer. It will be a challenge in a place where ugly things lurk under frozen surfaces, and silence is a way of life.

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