Estonia, March 1933
A senior policeman, Chief Inspector Vaher, is found dead on the roof of a kiosk below Toompea Hill in Tallinn; he has apparently fallen from the viewing balcony 30 metres above. The news is on the front page of a newspaper within a couple of hours.
Chief Inspector Jüri Hallmets is brought in from Estonia’s second city, Tartu, to investigate, and is given a team to work with. Meanwhile reporters Artur Simm and Jaan Kallas are carrying out their own investigations.
Hallmets and his team encounter a widow who’s not mourning, a family who may be up to no good, a right-wing organisation who may be plotting a coup, a lot of vodka whose origin is not clear, some policemen who think they’re above the law, petty criminals, slippery politicians and a professional killer, before they uncover the truth about Vaher’s death. And Simm and Kallas discover that looking for the truth can be dangerous.
A Bad Place for a View is a tense thriller set in a time not dissimilar to our own, and concerns a man and a country trying to maintain their integrity in difficult times.
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