The Day is Dark, By Yrsa Sigurdardottir


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The Independent Culture

Reykjavik lawyer and under-age granny, Thora Gudmundsdottir, isn't usually fazed by the dark. But finding herself in remotest Greenland, investigating the disappearance of mining company employees, she finds herself listening out for unexplained creaks.

She's right to be on her guard. Watching her at the outpost is the Inuit hunter Igmaq – a man whose son has turned to drink, whose daughter is dead and whose husky is no longer top dog.

This Nordic mystery proves colder, bleaker and more introspective than most: Scandi-noir extreme.