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Published by Orenda Books, 17 October
2019. ISBN: 978-1-912374-49-6 (PB)
The author is an
Icelandic thriller writer and
this book concludes the explosive Reykjavik Noir Trilogy. Ably translated by
Quentin Bates who ensures an easy and atmospheric flow of the language, smuggling,
dirty money, fraud, political intrigue, international conspiracies and drug barons
all mingle together in a fiery masala.
Wheeler dealer Agla and her one-time lover
Sonja have gone their separate ways and the novel opens with Agla, now mentally
fragile but taking centre stage, nearing the end of her prison sentence for her
part in banking manipulation that rocked the world’s economies. Life seems to
offer nothing until an accomplice from the past knocks on her door with an
irresistible, sinister proposition concerning aluminum.
author is a masterful clue dropper who plots ingeniously in chapters that are
tight, snappy, tense and short and, although the book could be devoured as a
stand-alone, readers would find it useful to have dived into its predecessors Snare
and Trap if only to gain insights into the structure and development of the
writing is strong, the pace that of a ride on a roller-coater. Various
storylines, often shocking, and multiple view points are skilfully woven into a
rewarding, complex andkick-ass noir tapestry as protagonists, not
altogether likeable, in challenging situations are tossed into the shady
underbelly of society and face off adversaries.This is a satisfying, gripping novel full of suspense and surprises.
Reviewer: Serena Fairfax
Lilja Sigurdardottirwas born in the town of Akranes in
1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning
playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, the first in a new
series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by
Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja has a background in education and has
worked in evaluation and quality control for preschools in recent years. She
lives in Reykjavik with her partner.
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicalsthen turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.