Forty Days Without Shadow

Forty Days Without Shadow

An Arctic Thriller

Book - 2014 | First American edition
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"The international award-winning, bestselling phenomenon, now available in English for the first time. Tomorrow, the sun will rise for the first time in 40 days. Thirty minutes of daylight will herald the end of the polar night in Kautokeino, a small village in northern Norway, home to the indigenous Sami people. But in the last hours of darkness, a precious artifact is stolen: an ancient Sami drum. The most important piece in the museum's collection, it was due to go on tour with a UN exhibition in a few short weeks. Hours later, a man is murdered. Mattis, one of the last Sami reindeer herders, is found dead in his gumpy. Are the two crimes connected? In a town fraught with tension--between the indigenous Samis fighting to keep their culture alive, the ultra-Lutheran Scandinavian colonists concerned with propagating their own religion, and the greedy geologists eager to mine the region's ore deposits--it falls to two local police officers to solve the crimes. Klemet Nango, an experienced Sami officer, and Nina Nansen, his much younger partner from the south of Norway, must find the perpetrators before it's too late ... THIS EDITION INCLUDES A READING GROUP GUIDE"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781455547593
145554759X
Characteristics: 470 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Lalaurie, Louise Rogers - Translator

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Mar 30, 2017

Very nice - I learned much about the Sami people, most importantly, that they refer to themselves as Sami and not Lapp. Live & learn. I love learning about other cultures and countries within the structure of mystery novels and this was a wonderful example of my love. A VERY good mystery, even if it had been written with my city as the backdrop, but the fact that it was set in the far north if Finland made it that much greater in my eyes. I thought the ending was pretty much a surprise even though the "poor detective who is hated by his bosses" gets a little bit tired. This was a very good mystery and I will certainly be on the lookout for other mysteries by this author.

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