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Ashes to Dust

Format:  Paperback,

360 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Mar 2012

ISBN-13: 9780312641740

ISBN-10: 0312641745

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"I can see why so many people are enthusiastic about Yrsa's work. It's very engaging, fresh, and exciting." -- James Patterson

"Iceland's crime queen." --The Scotsman

One of the finest Nordic crime writers working today, Yrsa Sigurdardottir 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. Markus, who was a teenager when the volcano erupted, enlists the help of attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir 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 Markus' childhood home, Thora begins to question Markus' 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 Markus' story begins to unravel, Thora finds herself with an impossible task, defending Markus 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.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Mar 2012
ISBN-13: 9780312641740
ISBN-10: 0312641745
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 360
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.5 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9780312641740

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Review by Library Journal (2012-03-01)

In her third outing (after My Soul To Take) Icelandic lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired to assist an heir to an elite fishing company located on a volcanic island far from Rekyavik. A few decades after a catastrophic volcanic eruption, life on the island is dramatically uprooted by the discovery of three dead bodies and one head in a box. It is up to Gudmundsdottir both to defend her client on charges of murder and to find out who exactly is behind these crimes.

Verdict: In this long and detailed novel, the author loads her story with clues, some of which ultimately prove to be relevant while others turn out to be superfluous. But her heroine is engaging and spunky, and fans of both mystery and international crime fiction will be intrigued by the stark setting and puzzling plot.

-Jennifer Rogers, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Coll. Lib, Richmond

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"I can see why so many people are enthusiastic about Yrsa's work. It's very engaging, fresh, and exciting". -- James Patterson

"Iceland's crime queen". --The Scotsman

One of the finest Nordic crime writers working today, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir 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.

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