Gatid The Hole

Freyja & Huldar #4

A young and wealthy investor is found hanging by the neck at an old execution site in the Gálgahraun lava field. When his body is cut down it becomes apparent that this is no suicide. A four-inch nail is impaled in his chest, and all that is left of whatever message was fastened to his body prior to the hanging is a snippet of paper.

Huldar, still ranked as detective working under the supervision of department head Erla, is sent to the dead man’s apartment, only to find Freyja inside the apartment. With her is an employee from the city’s child protective agency and a young boy of four who cannot explain why he is there. When no connection is found between the boy and the murdered man, nor any trace of the child’s parents, Freyja and Huldar must combine forces to get to the bottom of what transpired, hopefully in time to find the boy’s parents alive. This becomes especially urgent when the boy reveals his mother is about to give birth.

The Hole is the fourth installment in Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s series about the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar.


  • “The affectionate portrait of everyday human problems combined with gripping mystery make The Hole a particularly successful thriller. /…/ an exciting, skillfully plotted and written crime novel that touches on burning contemporary issues.”

    Frettabladid, Iceland

  • The Hole is a well-written and well thought-through crime novel, but at the same time a playful criticism on how important issues are dealt with nowadays.”

    Morgunbladid, Iceland

  • “[An] Icelandic quality crime novel.”


    Fædrelandsvennen, Norway

  • “[Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s writing] is solid from start to finish in The Hole, thereby earning her the epithet of queen of crime.”


    Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

  • “In [The Hole] Sigurdardóttir shows her excellence.”


    Adresseavisen, Norway

  • “With The Hole Yrsa Sigurdardóttir cements her position as one of the Nordic region’s foremost crime writers.”


    Tvedestrandsposten, Norway

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Reading material

Icelandic edition

Rights sold

Czech Republic, Metafora

Denmark, Lindhardt og Ringhof

Finland, Otava

Germany, Btb

Greece, Metaixmio

Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Veröld

Latvia, Zvaigzne ABC

Norway, Kagge

UK, Hodder & Stoughton

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