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"A skin-blistering crime novel, as edgy and black as dried blood on a moonlit night."

--Robert Crais

Elizabeth Hand's writing honors include the Shirley Jackson Award, the James Tiptree Award, the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and many others. Now, this uniquely gifted storyteller brings us a searing and iconoclastic crime novel, in which photographer Cass Neary, introduced in the underground classic "Generation Loss, " finds herself drawn into the shadowy world of crime in Scandinavia's coldest corners.

As this riveting tour-de-force opens, the police already want to talk to Cass about a mysterious death she was involved with previously, but before they can bring her in, Cass accepts a job offer from overseas and hops on a plane.

In Helsinki, she authenticates a series of disturbing but stunning images taken by a famous fashion photographer who has cut himself off from the violent Nordic music scene where he first made his reputation. Paid off by her shady employer, she buys a one-way ticket to Reykjavik, in search of a lover from her own dark past.

But when the fashion photographer's mutilated corpse is discovered back in Finland, Cass finds herself sucked into a vortex of ancient myth and betrayal, vengeance and serial murder, set against a bone-splintering soundtrack of black metal and the terrifying beauty of the sunless Icelandic wilderness. In this eagerly awaited sequel to the award-winning "Generation Loss," Cass Neary finds her own worst fears confirmed: it's always darkest before it turns completely black.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312585945
Branch Call Number: HAN
Characteristics: viii, 246 pages ; 22 cm

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JCLGreggW Jun 30, 2016

Cass Neary, an aging punk photographer on the fringes, goes to Scandinavia and then Iceland on an assignment for a reclusive collector and stumbles across murder, intrigue, and an ancient cult. Hand's characters - like the cold, desolate settings - are dark and damaged, but she writes with incredible power, and gives the reader literary noir at its finest. For fans of Andrew Vachss, Steig Larsson, and Tana French.

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StarGladiator
Dec 23, 2013

[I sincerely believe that only an unworldly 12-year-old could find this a good read -- and it's listed as adult fiction.] Christine Perkins, the reviewer for the Library Journal insanely compares the main character to Lisbeth Salander (absolutely no comparison on any level) and the book to Stieg Larsson's "Millennium trilogy" - - utterly absurd! (I'm assuming either the reviewer is completely illiterate or completely nutso?) Being a major fan and positive commenter on Stieg's series (and having met him back in the early 1990s in Europe at an activist gathering concerning human trafficking) such a moronic comparison leaves me cold! Sucks big time is the only apt description for this book, and the main character, an inept dopehead, two-bit thief with no redeeming social characteristics. Didn't care how many sicko pervs got killed, nor what happened to this crankhead thief no one should ever invite into their home!

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uncommonreader
May 23, 2013

It is great to read a crime novel/psychological thriller that is outside the stereotypes. Just as the landscape of Iceland darkens, so does the plot. This is an unusual book with a flawed but sympathic main character.

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pitkerro
Aug 03, 2012

Strangely compelling with a bizarre cast of characters.

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