Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense (Thora Gudmundsdottir Novels #1) (Paperback)

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Nordic Noir fans, you’re in for a real treat! The heir to a German banking fortune is found ritualistically murdered at the University of Iceland, where he’d gone to do graduate studies in the history of witchcraft. When the family hires attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir to find the killer, she sets out to plumb the depths of student sorcery cults and early Nordic witchcraft. Despite the macabre aspects of the case, this is an entertaining thriller with a very likable heroine. Described as Iceland’s answer to Steig Larsson, Sigurdardottir’s series now has five books in English. I’ve read them all and loved them!

— From Susan


At a university in Reykjavík, the body of a young German student is discovered, his eyes cut out and strange symbols carved into his chest. Police waste no time in making an arrest, but the victim's family isn't convinced that the right man is in custody. They ask Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, an attorney and single mother of two, to investigate. It isn't long before Thóra and her associate, Matthew Reich, uncover the deceased student's obsession with Iceland's grisly history of torture, execution, and witch hunts. But there are very contemporary horrors hidden in the long, cold shadow of dark traditions. And for two suddenly endangered investigators, nothing is quite what it seems . . . and no one can be trusted.

About the Author

Yrsa SigurdardÓttir is an award-winning author of five children's novels and a division manager with one of Iceland's largest engineering firms. She lives with her family in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061143373
ISBN-10: 0061143375
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 7th, 2009
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Thora Gudmundsdottir Novels