James Thompson: 1964 – 2014

I had the good fortune to both enjoy the writing of James Thompson, author of the Kari Vaara series, as well as to engage with him for several very personal, in-depth interviews. So it was with incredible sadness that I opened an email two days ago from a longtime friend of Jim’s informing me of Jim’s untimely passing.

James ThompsonThough I never met Jim in person, we did talk fairly regularly via email, and he joked that doing one of those “soul-baring interviews” had come to be part of his book release ritual that he most looked forward to.

Today I do my little part to help people enjoy and celebrate Jim’s life and work with links to my reviews of his writing and interviews with him.

Helsinki Blood by James Thompson

The Culture Must Change to End the Slaughter – An Interview With James Thompson

Helsinki White by James Thompson

Will I Be Assassinated? – An Interview With James Thompson

Lucifer’s Tears by James Thompson

My Life Just Isn’t Anybody Else’s Business by James Thompson

Snow Angels by James Thompson (Nominated for Edgar, Anthony and Strand Critics awards.)

My sincere condolences to his friends and family, both in his adopted home of Finland and in his home state of Kentucky.


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  • Ron Earl Phillips

    September 3, 2014 - 3:51 PM

    Having read several of those articles in the past, when I heard of his sudden passing, I shared one on FB. I then bought his books. I’m almost done with Snow Angel. Sad that his life was cut so short. His background and history makes his books very palatable for the US market while giving us a look at Finland and Nordic crime.

  • Naomi Johnson

    August 7, 2014 - 11:01 AM

    So sad. His life was one I would not envy; but his talent will surely be missed.

  • Sabrina E. Ogden

    August 6, 2014 - 2:17 PM

    This is very sad news… I’ve always enjoyed his interviews; private, yet personal in so many ways.

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