Sari Rainio & Juha Rautaheimo: The Dead Still Speak

“My thoughts turn to death, to the last gasp, to the headshrinker, to the grim reaper’s knock.”

Author: Sari Rainio & Juha Rautaheimo
Finnish original: Vainajat eivät vaikene
Publisher: Siltala, 2021
Genre: crime, suspense
Number of pages: 477 pp.
Reading material: Finnish original, English sample, English synopsis

Rights sold: Estonia, Ühinenud ajakirjad

It’s a Sunday night in December 2009, and Detective Ville Karila is standing in a handsome flat in downtown Helsinki examining a female corpse. Everything points to a natural death, but something about the scene unsettles Karila. When the pathologist Viola Kaario performs an autopsy on the body the following morning, Karila’s suspicions prove accurate.

Karila launches a murder investigation of increasing complexity. It gradually comes out that the dead woman had been living in thrall to a threatening Casanova who carefully covered his tracks. Before Karila can catch the killer, a second body appears on Kaario’s steel table for examination, and carefully buried secrets see the light of day.

The Dead Still Speak is a shamelessly nostalgic murder mystery solidly grounded in expert, realistic depictions of police work and pathology. The mystery, which roams the wintry terrain of Helsinki, begins the Mortui non silent series of five detective novels, in which murders are investigated by a pair bound together by an old secret: Detective Ville Karila and Medical Examiner Viola Kaario.

Also available:
Death Comes for the Dead (2023)

About the authors:
Sari Rainio & Juha Rautaheimo