Last Rituals

A Novel of Suspense

By Yrsa Sigurdardottir; Bernard Scudder (Translator)
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061143373, 314pp.)

Publication Date: April 2009

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Description

At a university in Reykjavik, the body of a young German student is discovered, his eyes cut out and strange symbols carved into his chest. Police waste no time in making an arrest, but the victim's family isn't convinced that the right man is in custody. They ask Thora Gudmundsdottir, an attorney and single mother of two, to investigate. It isn't long before Thora and her associate, Matthew Reich, uncover the deceased student's obsession with Iceland's grisly history of torture, execution, and witch hunts. But there are very contemporary horrors hidden in the long, cold shadow of dark traditions. And for two suddenly endangered investigators, nothing is quite what it seems . . . and no one can be trusted.




About the Author
YRSA SIGURDARDOTTIR (pronounced ?R-suh SIG-ur-dar-daughter) lives with her family in Reykjavik; she is also a director of one of Iceland's largest engineering firms. Her work is found on bestseller lists all over the world, and films are currently in production for several of her books. Her previous titles include, "The Day is Dark" and "Ashes to Dust".

Bernard Scudder lives in Reykjavk as a full-time translator. His translations encompass sagas, ancient and modern poetry, and leading contemporary novels and plays.

Svanhildur Oscarsdttir has a research post at the rni Magnsson Institute in Reykjavk, Iceland.

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