The Ulvila Killing, on the first of December 2006 in a suburb of the Finnish town of Pori, is the most famous 'cold case' in the country's history of crime.
In 'Zem, or the Skill to Catch a Killer', this bizar event is seen from a new perspective: as being part of the political developments of those days.
The title refers to an episode of Twin Peaks, with Zen turning into Zem and the scenery from the American Far West to a remote corner of Northern Europe. But the people in this book are subject to the same Lynchian sense of awe and threat...
1 – 'Today, We're Going to Focus on the J's' 11 2 – The Soundmaking Shoe Seller 13 3 – Let's Hop into Anton Café 15 4 – What's in a Name 17 5 – First Meeting 19 6 – Raise Your Eyebrows Twice 21 7 – The German Connection 23 8 – Joining the Firm 25 9 – A Day at Pori Jazz 27
Part Two: JJ and his Gang 31
10 –Harri (Before He Became Dirty) 33 11 –A Mouthfull of Taste 35 12– A Nice Stroll in the Woods 37 13– The War on Drugs 39 14 –Student Lauri Hits the Road 41 15 –Silently Marching for Fame 43 16 –Bob the Builder 45 17 –Mister Nice Guy 49 18 –A Coup d'Etat 51
Part Three: JJ and AA 55
19 –Climbing the Olympus 57 20 –Ulvila, December 1st 2006 59 21 –Why a Setup 61 22 –JJ and AA, in Daily Portions 63 23 –A Very Bad Trip 65
Part Four: Common Sense 67
24 –Common Sense 69 25 –Hoop and Unna Hollander 71 26 –Minna Cunt! Minna Cunt! 73 27–We All Live in a Workers’ Paradise 75 28–Ol’ Vee 77 29–Black Butterflies 79 30–A Finn Will Always Win 81
Part Five: The Skill to Catch a Killer 85
31–The Skill to Catch a Killer 87 32–Light and Truth 89 33– A Knock-Out in the Very First Round 93 34– Hoop in Days of Desperation 97 35– ’A Pretty Threatening Column’ 99 36– Psycho Killer 101
Part Six: Do You Have a Reum 103
37– But the Best Thing of All is the Sound 105 38– Götterdämmerung 107 39– Water! Water! 109 40– Do You Have a Reum 111 41– The Terrorist´s Phone Number 113 42– Ending Up with Neil Hardwick 115
The Twin Peaks in my story is called Pori. It is a harbour town at the southwestern coast of Finland, with about a hundred thousand inhabitants.
Pori suffers from the same fate as the other Finnish towns: in a country so scarcely populated, the phenomenon 'town' is unknown. Finns are a bunch of only five million, sharing an area half the size of France. And they are eager to avoid each other. In a place such as Pori this means that people go to work there, but tend to live in its suburbs or in the countryside around it. The medieval town centre has been wasted by building straight roads for all this traffic. It also means that after six o'clock in the evening the area is empty, except for the tattood and bald youngsters who joyride old American vehicles around the market square.
Let us hop into Anton Café, on the west side of this market square. ×