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Ashes to Dust

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Ashes to Dust

Ashes to Dust
The Crime Writer – Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

One of the finest Nordic crime writers working today, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir has been published to rave reviews worldwide. Now, with Ashes to Dust, she delivers a dynamite and timely thriller set at the site of a volcano.

In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried an entire Icelandic village in lava and ash. Now, hoping to make some cash, a crew is assembled to excavate the site and turn it into a tourist destination. Markús, who was a teenager when the volcano erupted, enlists the help of attorney Thóra Gudmundsdóttir to try to prevent the excavation from going forward.

When the digging continues and three fresh bodies (and a spare head) turn up in the basement of Markús’ childhood home, Thóra begins to question Markús’ motives for wanting to stop the excavation. His explanation for the bodies is complicated, and the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up. As Markús’ story begins to unravel, Thóra finds herself with an impossible task, defending Markús while trying to solve a quadruple murder that may very well implicate her client.

With unforgettable characters, unexpected twists, and superb psychological suspense, Ashes to Dust is a riveting thriller from a new international star.

Ashes to Dust, by Crime Writer Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, a dynamite and timely thriller set at the site of a volcano.

Ashes to Dust, by Crime Writer Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, a dynamite and timely thriller set at the site of a volcano.

Reviews: for Ashes to Dust

“Excellent… Sigurdardóttir uses Iceland’s past and present to full effect in this tale of hidden crimes and family secrets. Even those unfamiliar with this volcanic island nation will find themselves entranced.”    —Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Buried under all the volcanic ash, false trails and endless recriminations is a puzzle whose grim solution is worthy of Stieg Larsson.”  —Kirkus

“This darkly atmospheric psychological suspense is full of unusual characters, as well as numerous surprising twists and turns.”  —

“A fine mix of crime and vividly realized landscape.”  —Booklist

“Icelandic volcanic explosion provides a timely background… the chaos and panic caused by the 1973 eruption are vividly evoked in Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s novel.”  —The Independent (UK)

“A fascinating setting and realistic characters make this an engrossing read — and Sigurdardóttir maintains the intrigue as her clever plot unravels.”  —Metro (UK)

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, translate from the Icelandic by Philip Roughton. Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books, Price: $14.99 – trade paper (368p)  ISBN 978-0-312-64174-0

About the Author:
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (born 1963) is an Icelandic writer, of both crime-novels and children’s fiction. She has been writing since 1998. Her début crime-novel was translated into English by Bernard Scudder. The central character in the crime novels so far is Thóra Gudmundsdóttir (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir), a lawyer.

Yrsa is married with two children, and lives with her family in Reykjavík; she is also a director of one of Iceland’s largest engineering firms.

See:  Author’s Facebook


Category: Iceland

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