The Day Is Dark (Paperback)

By Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Minotaur Books, 9781250029409, 370pp.

Publication Date: February 26, 2013



There's something out there

"Iceland's answer to Stieg Larsson."

--"Daily Telegraph"

"Iceland's crime queen."

--The Scotsman

"Engaging, fresh, and exciting."

--James Patterson

Yrsa Sigurdardottir is widely regarded around the world as one of the best Nordic crime writers working today. Yrsa's previous book in the series, "Ashes to Dust, "also featured lawyer and sometime sleuth Thora Gudmundsdottir and received rave reviews internationally.

In "The Day is Dark, "when all contact is lost with two Icelanders working in a harsh and sparsely populated area on the coast of Greenland, Thora is hired to uncover the fates of the missing people. When she arrives in Greenland, she discovers that these aren't the first two to go missing. The local townspeople believe that the area is cursed, and no one wants to get involved in the case. Soon, Thora finds herself stranded in the middle of a wilderness, and the case is as frightening and hostile as the landscape itself.

Chilling, unsettling, and compulsively readable, "The Day is Dark "is a must read for readers who are looking for the next big thing in crime fiction coming in from the cold.

About the Author

YRSA SIGURDARDOTTIR (pronounced ?R-suh SIG-ur-dar-daughter) lives with her family in Reykjavik. She is a director of one of Iceland's largest engineering firms. Her work is climbing bestseller lists all over the world, and films are currently in production for several of her books.

Praise For The Day Is Dark

Praise for The Day is Dark


“Deeply satisfying for the warm-toed reader.”

--The Independent (UK)


Praise for Ashes to Dust


“Excellent…Should win this talented Icelandic author new fans… Even those unfamiliar with this volcanic island nation will find themselves entranced.”

--Publishers Weekly (starred)


“A puzzle whose grim solution is worthy of Stieg Larsson.”

“Fans of both mystery and international crime fiction will be intrigued.”

--Library Journal


 “A superlative thriller from an acclaimed master of Nordic fiction.”

Praise for Yrsa Sigurdardottir

“Iceland’s answer to Stieg Larsson.”
--The Telegraph (UK)

“Stands comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world.”
--The Times Literary Supplement (UK)

"Sigurdardóttir is entitled to join the front rank of Nordic crime writers."
--The Times (UK)

“Brilliantly plotted and chilling.”
--The Daily Mirror (UK)