Kati Hiekkapelto was born in 1970 in Oulu, Finland. Kati is an international crime writer, punk singer and performance artist. Her books, The Hummingbird and The Defenceless have been translated into eight 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, and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Glass Key. 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.
"[A]uthor Kati Hiekkapelto . . . has quickly elbowed her way into must-read status for fans of elegantly written, socially conscious mystery writing." --Mystery Scene "intriguing." --Publishers Weekly "Without a shadow of a doubt Kati Hiekkapelto has taken a firm place in the Nordic Noir sphere, creating tense, vivid and compelling stories, with strong characterisation . . . and a very contemporary social commentary. The novel, in perfect translation by David Hackston, is so beautifully multifaceted that I'm already rereading it." --Crime Review on The Defenceless "intriguing." Publishers Weekly"