Ashes to Dust

Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Author, Sigurardottir Yrsa, Author
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, trans. from the Icelandic by Philip Roughton. Minotaur, $14.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-312-64174-0
Reviewed on: 02/13/2012
Release date: 03/27/2012
Paperback - 464 pages - 978-1-4447-0008-4
Hardcover - 368 pages - 978-1-250-00493-2
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Sigurdardóttir’s excellent third thriller featuring lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdóttir should win this talented Icelandic author new fans. In 1973, a volcanic eruption on Iceland’s Heimaey Island buried a number of houses in lava, including that of Markús Magnusson, who was 15 at the time. In 2007, an excavation of his childhood home reveals three bodies and a severed head that appear to be decades old. Markús tells the police he knows nothing about the bodies, but the single person who could have verified his version of events is found dead, her apparent suicide soon revealed as murder. With the searchlight of suspicion cast on his affairs, Markús must rely on Thóra, his determined lawyer, to defend his interests. Siggurdardóttir uses Iceland’s past and present to full effect in this tale of hidden crimes and family secrets. Even those unfamiliar with this volcanic island nation will find themselves entranced. (Apr.)
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