Jim Thompson will talk about Across the Green Line (Jerusalemin Veri) at Arkadia Monday 15th of December at 18:00

Dear friend of Arkadia,


Jim Thompson will come on Monday 15th of December at 18:00 to talk about his new book Across the Green Line which has just been published in Finland under the title Jerusalemin Veri. Jim will talk in English but will also gladly answer questions in Finnish if necessary. Welcome!


Warm regards,




P.S: Entrance is free and green tea will be served.


Jim Thompson is an American born in Kentucky, age forty-three, and has lived in Helsinki, Finland, for ten years. He has a Master’s degree in English Philology from The University of Helsinki, where he also studied Swedish and Finnish. He is married to Finnish sociologist and theatre instructor Annukka Öljymäki.

Thompson is contracted to Johnny Kniga, an imprint of WSOY, Northern Europe’s largest publisher, for a series of political thrillers and crime stories. His first novel, Across the Green Line, appears in Finnish under the title Jerusalemin veri. Thompson’s first born has also raised interest among American publishers, but the topic of the book was considered too controversial.

In the past, Thompson has worked as a bartender, bouncer, construction worker, photographer, rare coin dealer, soldier and wrestling announcer.



Across the Green Line is a political thriller with a fast tempo and beautifully constructed prose. The novel is set in Jerusalem, the holy city of Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Léon de Payen hunts down Palestinian suicide bombers before they can strike, but there are so many extremists bent on martyrdom that he grows disillusioned. He wants to leave Israel, but fears a fanatic he fails to stop will claim innocent lives. Since the Holy Land fell to Islam centuries ago, La Milice du Christ has been sworn to return it to Christian control. This year, the Jewish and Moslem holy days of Simhat Torah and Eid al-Fidr fall together. La Milice du Christ intends to blow up Temple Mount in Jerusalem, massacring Jews and Arabs alike, setting them on a path of mutual blame and extermination. If Léon can stop them, the peace process can resume and he will be free.