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Lok lok og laes Can't Run, Can't Hide

The Black Ice Series #1

On a cold winter evening on the secluded fjord Hvalfjörður, a neighbor visits the house of a family that has not been seen or heard for in a week. He sees traces left of the family, but no one comes to open when he knocks on the door. After breaking into the house through the back door, he is met by a grizzly scene and quickly runs out in horror.

Policeman Týr and forensic pathologist Iðunn are called to the scene to investigate the dreadful crime committed upon the family members. As the case advances, harrowing secrets about the family are revealed and it looks as if not everything is at it first seemed. Along with a young policeman Karó, the investigative team quickly realize that the case forces them to face their own suppressed past and opens a Pandora’s box to yet unveiled mysteries.

I See You is the first installment in the Black Ice series. The term “black ice” refers to the climate condition when ice is transparent and the risk for accidents is higher. Much like black ice – the seemingly distant dangers in Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s Black Ice series are often right under your nose.



  • “Scary, but too exciting to stop reading.”

    Freundin, Germany

  • “Yrsa is a master at evoking a chilling and threatening atmosphere full of untold secrets.”

    Kiljan, Iceland

  • Eerie, merciless, and intense. That’s how the Icelander’s writing style can be described. Rather than reading about happy tourists, we get deadly stories of the Nordic Island. And it makes you crave more from Yrsa Sigurdardóttir!

    Ratgeber Frau und Familie, Germany

  • “A book that captivates the reader from the very first page. Pretty grim in parts, but so gloriously plotted that the reader loses track of time.”

    Fréttablaðið, Iceland

  • “This novel chills you to the bone.”

    Morgunblaðið, Iceland

  • “Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a writer who takes her time, and the language is consistently varied and good. /…/ You need a strong stomach to read this. Can’t Run, Can’t Hide is not a book for the faint-hearted. But it’s exciting! ”

    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “Yrsa Sigurdardóttir has delivered an unpleasantly realistic crime novel. (…) She is great at portraying Icelandic nature — the snow, the hostile climate, and the isolation—and with horror elements such as creaking old houses, mysterious sounds, and sometimes bestial plots.”

    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “Treat yourself to Can’t Run, Can’t Hide now that you have the opportunity to be involved right from the start.”


    Nettavisen, Norway

  • “[Can’t Run, Can’t Hide] shows several of Sigurdardóttir’s main strengths; the ability to write concisely, to portray people and landscapes, and not least the ability to create tension – the novel is thrillingly exciting. The switches in time also work great; it creates dynamic and several peaks of tension, she holds back just as much as she should, so that the reader is compelled to continue through the text. Can’t Run, Can’t Hide is a strong crime novel, and as this is the first part in an announced quartet, we look forward to its continuation. ”


    Adresseavisen, Norway

  • “The work has a mysterious atmosphere a la Twin Peaks, garnished with a successful tension curve. 

    Berlingske, Denmark

  • “(…) it has an air of creeping horror and is fantastically atmospheric.”

    Lokalavisen Aarhus, Denmark

  • “(…) it is horribly bloody and sensationally entertaining.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • “Sigurdardóttir can both knit together a surprising plot and ensure that Icelandic crime fiction is also in line with the other Nordic countries when it comes to current societal contexts.”

    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

Photo: Lilja Birgisdóttir Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
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Reading material

Icelandic edition

English summary

Rights sold

Bulgaria, EMAS

Czech Republic, Grada

Denmark, Lindhardt og Ringhof

Estonia, Varrak

Finland, Otava

France, Actes Sud

Germany, Btb

Greece, Metaixmio

Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Veröld

Netherlands, Cargo

Norway, Bonnier Norsk Forlag

Poland, Sonia Draga

Slovakia, Grada

Sweden, HarperCollins Nordic

UK, Hodder & Stoughton

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