Ashes to Dust

Ashes to Dust

A Thriller

Book - 2012
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"Named One of the Year's Top Ten Crime Books in the UK... A Masterwork of Suspense from "Iceland's Crime Queen" (The Scotsman) In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried an entire Icelandic village in lava and ash. Now this macabre tourist attraction proves deadly once again--when the discovery of fresh bodies casts a shadow of suspicion onto Markus Magnusson, a man accused of killing his childhood sweetheart. His attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir finds that her client has a most inventive story to tell. But the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up... Filled with unforgettable characters, unexpected twists, and superb psychological suspense, Ashes to Dust is a superlative thriller from an acclaimed master of Nordic fiction"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250008237
1250008239
9780312641740
0312641745
9781250004932
1250004934
Branch Call Number: M YRSA
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 22 cm

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2016

THIRD BOOK IN THE Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series

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ndexter
Jan 26, 2014

Excellent storyline using more of the Icelandic culture, and volcanic environment activity. Adding a crime plot, unique character relationships an a deternimed protagonist, makes it a great read. Some questions of volcanic ash effect on the decay of a dead body is minor to the overall tale.

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lpreston214
Apr 08, 2012

Entertaining mystery featuring Icelandic lawyer, Thora Gudmundsdottir. This one has much less about Thora?s family and her German boyfriend does not make an appearance but it has a much more complex plot than her two previous novels. Some crimes took place on the Westmann Islands right before a devastating volcanic eruption in the 1970s. Now that the houses buried by ash are being excavated, what happened 35 years before is also being uncovered. Thora?s client is implicated in five murders, but as Thora works to clear him, who really killed the four men found in the basement of a house on the island and what about a nurse back in the city? Good characters abound so we don?t really miss the family dramas of her other novels. This one is very entertaining with a bit of a surprise ending.

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