Forty Days Without Shadow

Forty Days Without Shadow

An Arctic Thriller

Book - 2014
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Winter is savage and cold in Lapland. When a priceless local relic is stolen from Kautokeino, a village in the middle of the isolated snowy tundra, detectives Klemet Nango - a familiar face in the rural community - and Nina Nansen, fresh out of the local police academy, are called to investigate. There are just a few days until the locals will host a UN World Heritage conference, and Klemet and Nina are under pressure to retrieve the artefact, due to be presented to a world-renowned French scientist as part of the celebrations. When a local reindeer herder is found brutally murdered, Klemet and Nina immediately suspect that the two events are linked. But the villagers don't take too kindly to having their secret histories stirred up and the duo is forced to cross the icy landscapes alone in search of the answers that will lead them to a killer. Set in an alternately savage and dreamlike Lapland, this multiple award-winning, compelling thriller takes the reader to the limits of hypermodernity against the stunning history of a native people struggling to keep their culture alive.
Publisher: London :, Trapdoor,, 2014
Description: 444 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781847445858
Branch Call Number: Truc


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Mar 30, 2017

Very nice - I learned much about the Sami people, most importantly, that they refer to themselves as Sami and not Lapp. Live & learn. I love learning about other cultures and countries within the structure of mystery novels and this was a wonderful example of my love. A VERY good mystery, even if it had been written with my city as the backdrop, but the fact that it was set in the far north if Finland made it that much greater in my eyes. I thought the ending was pretty much a surprise even though the "poor detective who is hated by his bosses" gets a little bit tired. This was a very good mystery and I will certainly be on the lookout for other mysteries by this author.

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