Last Rituals: An Icelandic Novel of Secret Symbols, Medieval Witchcraft, and Modern Murder

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A young man is found brutally murdered, his eyes gouged out. A student of Icelandic history in Reykjavik, he came from a wealthy German family who do not share the police's belief that his drug dealer murdered him. Attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir is commissioned by his family to find out the truth, with the help - and hindrance - of boorish ex-policeman Matthew Reich. Their investigations into his research take them deep into a grisly world of torture and witchcraft both past and present, as they draw ever closer to a killer gripped by a dangerous obsession...

'Exhilarating... matches Tess Gerritsen and Kathy Reichs in the bloodchiller stakes.' - Waterstone's Books Quarterly

'Given the dark subject matter, this is a surprisingly funny book... a quirky and interesting read.'-Guardian

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The first Thora Gudmundsdottir novel from Yrsa Sigurdardottir - 'Queen of Icelandic crime'.

'Yrsa is one of the most exciting new voices in the crime thriller world.' - Peter James

A young man is found brutally murdered, his eyes gouged out. A student of Icelandic history in Reykjavik, he came from a wealthy German family who do not share the police's belief that his drug dealer murdered him. Attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir is commissioned by his mother to find out the truth, with the help - and hindrance - of boorish ex-policeman Matthew Reich. Their investigations into his research take them deep into a grisly world of torture and witchcraft both past and present, as they draw ever closer to a killer gripped by a dangerous obsession...

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Given the dark subject matter, this is a surprisingly funny book... a quirky and interesting read. ( Guardian)

..a grisly chiller set in the depths of winter... Her mystery is absorbing and, untypically, instead of the usual gloomy middle-aged man, her sleuth is a young woman... It's an accomplished debut, with credible characters and a personable heroine. ( Sunday Telegraph)

a unique talent in the field... an exhilarating experience... [She] matches Tess Gerritsen and Kathy Reichs in the bloodchiller stakes. ( Waterstone's Books Quarterly)

very good... This is entertaining, well-plotted and cleverly combines the historical and macabre with Thora's life. ( Marcel Berlins, The Times)

an intricately plotted tale that keeps the reader guessing whodunnit, or indeed whether it was murder at all, right until the very end. ( Sunday Express)

After its grisly opening, LAST RITUALS turns out to be a surprisingly light and playful novel, with a jaunty translation by the late Bernard Scudder. ( Daily Telegraph)

Suspenseful, compelling and unique. ( Kirkus Reviews)

Dark, deep and icy as an Icelandic fjord; this is a rich and rewarding debut novel of ancient mysteries and very modern murder. ( Mark Billingham)

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