Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312384333, 400pp.
Publication Date: September 16, 2008
"The electrifying follow up to the award-winning" Raven Black
"Raven Black" received crime fiction's highest monetary honor, the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award. Now Detective Jimmy Perez is back in an electrifying sequel.
It's midsummer in the Shetland Islands, the time of the white nights, when birds sing at midnight and the sun never sets. Artist Bella Sinclair throws an elaborate party to launch an exhibition of her work at The Herring House, a gallery on the beach.
The party ends in farce when one the guests, a mysterious Englishman, bursts into tears and claims not to know who he is or where he's come from. The following day the Englishman is found hanging from a rafter, and Detective Jimmy Perez is convinced that the man has been murdered. He is reinforced in this belief when Roddy, Bella's musician nephew, is murdered, too.
But the detective's relationship with Fran Hunter may have clouded his judgment, for this is a crazy time of the year when night blurs into day and nothing is quite as it seems.
A stunning second installment in the acclaimed Shetland Island Quartet, "White Nights" is sure to garner American raves for international sensation Ann Cleeves. This series is the basis for the hit BBC show "Shetland, "starring Douglas Henshall, which attracted over 12 million viewers in its first two nights on the air.
Ann Cleeves grew up in the British countryside. She is reader-in-residence for the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, and she was twice shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award before winning the first Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for Raven Black. She lives with her husband Tim in Yorkshire, England.
Unanimous Acclaim for the Shetland Island Thrillers
“A riveting read.”
- Val McDermid, author of The Grave Tattoo
“Chilling . . . enough to freeze the blood.”
- Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Intricate and engrossing . . . offers readers the pleasures of the traditional locked room/isolated island mystery."
- Washington Post Book World
“A pleasure to read. Interesting characters, great setting, intriguing plot. . . . And the bonus when we finish it is that we know we’ve got more to look forward to.”
- Reginald Hill, author of Death Comes for the Fat Man
“Taut, atmospheric . . .will keep readers guessing until the last page.”
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A most satisfying mystery. Jimmy Perez is a fine creation.”
- Peter Robinson, author of Friend of the Devil
“In true Christie fashion, Cleeves once more pulls the wool over our eyes with cunning and conviction.”
- Colin Dexter, author of The Remorseful Day
“Deserves the top crime writer’s prize in the United States this year. Don’t miss this standout.”
- Rocky Mountain News
“Cleeves knows these islands cold and weaves a satisfying and knowledgeable tapestry. This brooding, beautifully written mystery will linger in the mind long after it ends.”
- Providence Journal-Bulletin
“Vivid…acute… With skillfully drawn characters, an engaging cop and a poignant story of past deeds resonating in the present, White Nights lays bare the dark secrets and long nights of the spirit.”
- Richmond Times
“Ann Cleeves has really come into her own…[White Nights] doesn't disappoint. Cleeves perfectly captures the rhythms of life on a small Shetland island, and Jimmy Perez continues to impress us.”
- Denver Post