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Fleeing for her life after she is shown photographs of ritual killings during a mysterious job in Helsinki, Cass Neary encounters a former lover and exiled musician in Iceland only to be inundated by a series of unsolved murders.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012/02/14
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312585945
0312585942
Branch Call Number: M HAND
Characteristics: viii, 246 p. ; 22 cm

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JCLGreggW Jun 30, 2016

Cass Neary, an aging punk photographer on the fringes, goes to Scandinavia and then Iceland on an assignment for a reclusive collector and stumbles across murder, intrigue, and an ancient cult. Hand's characters - like the cold, desolate settings - are dark and damaged, but she writes with incredible power, and gives the reader literary noir at its finest. For fans of Andrew Vachss, Steig Larsson, and Tana French.

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StarGladiator
Dec 23, 2013

[I sincerely believe that only an unworldly 12-year-old could find this a good read -- and it's listed as adult fiction.] Christine Perkins, the reviewer for the Library Journal insanely compares the main character to Lisbeth Salander (absolutely no comparison on any level) and the book to Stieg Larsson's "Millennium trilogy" - - utterly absurd! (I'm assuming either the reviewer is completely illiterate or completely nutso?) Being a major fan and positive commenter on Stieg's series (and having met him back in the early 1990s in Europe at an activist gathering concerning human trafficking) such a moronic comparison leaves me cold! Sucks big time is the only apt description for this book, and the main character, an inept dopehead, two-bit thief with no redeeming social characteristics. Didn't care how many sicko pervs got killed, nor what happened to this crankhead thief no one should ever invite into their home!

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uncommonreader
May 23, 2013

It is great to read a crime novel/psychological thriller that is outside the stereotypes. Just as the landscape of Iceland darkens, so does the plot. This is an unusual book with a flawed but sympathic main character.

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pitkerro
Aug 03, 2012

Strangely compelling with a bizarre cast of characters.

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