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James Thompson James Thompson (16 October 1964 _ 2 August 2014) was an American-Finnish crime writer based in Lahti. His path to publication was an unusual one. It began in a pub with a conversation about literature. Thompson didn't know he was chatting with a managing editor for WSOY, Northern Europe's largest publisher. The talk resulted in a request for a manuscript and initiated a series of firsts in the history of Finnish commercial fiction.

Within weeks of the submission, Thompson had a three book deal with WSOY. No Finnish debut commercial fiction writer had received a multi-book deal prior to publication before. That deal garnered record breaking advances in Finland for a debut author. Thompson was branded as a domestic Finnish author, another first. After the publication of five novels and co-authoring an educational book, teaching English to Finnish learners, Thompson was a well-established fixture in the Finnish literary scene.

Thompson was discovered a second time, unrelated to the first, when a major U.S. literary agent heard of him and requested a novel. Four days after Thompson emailed it, the agent took him on, and within weeks, had made deals for him in the U.S. and half a dozen other countries.

With his first internationally published novel, Snow Angels, James Thompson proved himself Finland's best and most popular representative in the rise of Nordic noir. Thompson was also a noted essayist and reviewer.

Thompson had a Master's degree in English philology from The University of Helsinki, where he also studied Finnish, in which he was fluent. He studied six languages.

Thompson died unexpectedly in his home town of Lahti, Finland in August 2014.

James Thompson Book List
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Helsinki Dead
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Helsinki Dead by James Thompson

Helsinki Blood
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Helsinki Blood by James Thompson

Helsinki White
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Helsinki White by James Thompson

Lucifer's Tears
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Lucifer's Tears by James Thompson
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Helsinki Blood | Thompson, James | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy Thompson, James | Helsinki Blood | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy

Author Signed ARC. 2013 NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons Advance reading copy, near-fine (slight corner bump) in pictorial wrappers, signed by the author.

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Lucifer's Tears | Thompson, James | Book - Advance Reading Copy Thompson, James | Lucifer's Tears | Book - Advance Reading Copy

Advance Reading Copy. February 2012 NY: Putnam Advance reading copy, mint, new/unread in pictorial wraps.

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Helsinki Blood | Thompson, James | Signed First Edition Book Thompson, James | Helsinki Blood | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. March 2013 NY: Penguin Group First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Snow Angels | Thompson, James | Signed First Edition Book Thompson, James | Snow Angels | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  January 2010 NY: Penguin  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author, remainder marked. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Helsinki White | Thompson, James | Signed First Edition Book Thompson, James | Helsinki White | Signed First Edition Copy

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Lucifer's Tears | Thompson, James | Signed First Edition Book Thompson, James | Lucifer's Tears | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. March 2011 NY: Penguin Group First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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James Thompson Bibliography

Novels

  • Snow Angels - 2010
  • Lucifer's Tears - 2011
  • Helsinki White - 2012
  • Helsinki Blood - 2013
  • Helsinki Dead - September 2015
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