By Ann Cleeves
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312384333, 400pp.)
Publication Date: September 16, 2008
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"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.