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Freyja & Huldar #1

A young woman is brutally murdered in her home in Reykjavik. The only witness is her seven year old daughter. When another woman is murdered shortly thereafter, the police are at a loss. A radio-amateur receives peculiar messages which connect him to both of the murdered women and his curiosity drives him to begin an investigation of his own. Huldar, the police officer in charge of the investigation, and Freyja, the female psychologist entrusted with the seven year old girl who is their key witness, are forced to work together. Their collaboration is complicated by the fact that they recently spent the night together after meeting in a bar where Huldar claimed he was a carpenter from out of town...

The No. 1 bestselling author Yrsa Sigurdardóttir shows once again how skilled she is at creating nail-biting page-turners ripe with fast paced storytelling, lively prose, compelling characters and intelligent plotting. The Legacy is the first installment in a new series featuring the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar.

The Legacy was awarded with The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Palle Rosenkrantz Prisen) 2016 for ‘Best Crime Novel of the Year’, with the motivation: “Her use of the crime fiction genre in the depiction of a nation in late modernity, with roots in a proud and turbulent past, is exemplary and captivating. She sensitively envelops the Icelandic setting with her excellent sense for the human, social, and psychological details, such as personal feelings and family life. Not to mention a latent longing for love in the form of something more than a short fling, a one-night stand and a volatile relationship. Moreover, she paints a picture of a strong, capable woman with a wounded soul, and a sullen man with a self-esteem about the size of a seagull dropping. All of it thrillingly set in the midst of a believable and realistic plot.”

Reviews

  • “Yrsa Sigurdardóttir remains the queen of Icelandic thriller writers – and anyone curious as to why simply needs to pick up The Legacy, which is closer in feeling to the macabre work of Stephen King than to most Nordic noir. /…/ everything here is storytelling sinew – there is not an ounce of subcutaneous fat.”

    The Guardian, UK

  • “Superior Icelandic thriller”

    The Arts Desk, UK

  • “Yrsa Sigurdardóttir if anyone will make sure to keep the standard up high /…/ and the readers are given a high quality crime fiction novel.”

    Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark

  • “Yrsa Sigurdardóttir is masterful in her descriptions of vile murders /…/ This is a novel that provides an experience both sensual and literary.”

    Fyens Stiftstidende, Denmark

  • “Iceland has crowned [a crime fiction queen of] their own, and when you have read The Legacy you'll understand why.”

    FEMINA, Denmark

  • The Legacy is a unique psychological thriller with merciless murders and a high credibility that even the most seasoned crime fiction reader has yet to see. From the first page Yrsa Sigurdardóttir manages to keep a firm grip on the reader in an intense plot with surprising highlights and captivating characters. ”

    Familie Journal, Denmark

  • The Legacy is a riveting page-turner from Iceland’s crime fiction queen Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, who once again shows a flair for creating intelligent thriller plots and efficiently told stories with an intriguing character gallery.”

    Lokalavisen Nordsjælland, Denmark

  • “Iceland’s queen of crime fiction is definitely Yrsa Sigurdardóttir.”

    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “She just keeps getting better and better. /…/ Yrsa Sigurdardóttir is great at psychological plots and possesses a thrilling style. The ending was a complete surprise. Definitely a wonderful piece of crime fiction.”

    ★★★★★

    Demokraten, Norway

  • “Brrr... Goosebumps! /.../ I can already reveal that the end of the book will surprise you. This is a novel perfect for the dark winter months, but certainly not to be recommended for the faint of heart.”

    Kamille, Norway

  • “Crime fiction of the best kind. Scandinavia’s greatest crime writer maintains a superior level. /.../ The Legacy is a powerful work of crime fiction from Sigurdardóttir – well-written, original, unparalleled descriptions of the natural environment, top level thrills, and a rich cast of characters.”

    ★★★★★

    Adresseavisen, Norway

  • “Suspenseful and well-executed /…/ the best to date.”

    LO Media, Norway

  • “Absolutely a novel one is captivated by. I simply had to read it in one sitting.”

    Varden, Norway

  • “Towards the end, Sigurðardóttir tightly ties together the threads, but still the suspense is maintained till the last second. And in a peculiar way, the conclusion helps soften the angst one came to feel as the murders occurred. Artfully done.”

    Oppland Arbeiderblad, Norway

  • “Yrsa Sigurdardóttir has done it again. /.../ There’s no doubt that the Icelandic crime fiction author has found her voice.”

    ★★★★★

    Trønder-Avisa, Norway

  • “The Icelandic suspense author Yrsa Sigurðardóttir has written a brilliant thriller that makes chills run down the spine of anyone who opens the book. /.../ [Sigurðardóttir] has written a number of good crime novels before, but The Legacy is a novel in a league of its own. /.../ It’s not often you can say that a book is hard to put down, but The Legacy is just such a novel. The reader is propelled forward page by page, and the book is brimming with surprises as the hunt for the culprit behind the atrocities goes on. /.../ With The Legacy, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir shows us why she is considered one of the Nordic region’s queens of crime.”

    ★★★★★★

    Tvedestrandsposten, Norway

  • “Perfectly plotted. The reader won't know who the killer is before the author brings the villain of the story on a silver plate at the very end, which is exactly how it should be. /.../ Yrsa knows how to fill her readers with suspense and uncertainty, how to horrify and frighten as she spices her stories up with suitable portions of evil intentions and - above all - blood.”

    Frettatiminn Weekly, Iceland

  • “With The Legacy, Yrsa tops everything I've seen before. – A thrilling book”

    Kiljan TV, Iceland

  • “In The Legacy, Yrsa does not let her fans down.”

    Frettabladid, Iceland

  • “Hard to put down”

    Bokmenntir, Iceland

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Author
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Published
2014
Genre
  • Thriller
Pages
380
Reading material

English translation

Icelandic edition

Rights sold

Bulgaria, Emas

Czech Republic, Metafora

Denmark, Lindhardt og Ringhof

Estonia, Varrak

Finland, Otava

France, Actes Sud

Germany, Btb

Greece, Metaixmio

Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Veröld

Latvia, Zvaigzne ABC

Netherlands, Cargo

Norway, Kagge

Portugal, Quetzal

Turkey, Koridor

UK, Hodder & Stoughton

US, St. Martin’s Press

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