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Ashes to Dust

Ashes to Dust, April 2012
by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

St. Martin's Press
Featuring: Thora Gudmundsdottir; Markus Magnusson
352 pages
ISBN: 0312641745
EAN: 9780312641740
Kindle: B00633QJE4
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"A darkly atmospheric psychological suspense set in Iceland."

Fresh Fiction Review

Ashes to Dust
Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter
Posted February 2, 2012

Thriller Psychological | Suspense Psychological

As if the burial of an entire Icelandic village by a volcanic eruption in 1979 was not gruesome enough, now more recently deceased bodies have been found in one of the basements. There's no way they were victims of the ash and dust from the volcano, so how did they get there, and who murdered them?

Of course, the owner of the house, Markus Magnusson, becomes the prime suspect, especially since he was once accused of killing his childhood girlfriend. Trying to clear his name, her hires attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir to represent him. But the more she delves into the past, as well as the current series of events, the twists and turns she uncovers to her case -- and the locals involved.

This darkly atmospheric psychological suspense is full of unusual characters, as well as numerous surprising twists and turns. This novel was a top crime book in the UK -- and deservedly so.

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In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried an entire Icelandic village in lava and ash. Now this macabre tourist attraction proves deadly once again—when the discovery of fresh bodies casts a shadow of suspicion onto Markus Magnusson, a man accused of killing his childhood sweetheart. His attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir finds that her client has a most inventive story to tell. But the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up…

Filled with unforgettable characters, unexpected twists, and superb psychological suspense, Ashes to Dust is a superlative thriller from an acclaimed master of Nordic fiction.

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