Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense

Paperback | April 7, 2009

byYrsa Sigurdardottir

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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.

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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 investiga...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:April 7, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061143375

ISBN - 13:9780061143373

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Icelandic Writer I picked up this novel while travelling in Iceland, and I fell in love with Yrsa. Although this is not my favourite novel of hers, it is a great introduction to Thora, and it is a great blend of mystery, suspense, and a loveable character. I would 100% recommend this to everybody.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Untypical Mystery First novel featuring attorney Thora Gudmunddottir This crime fiction captures and brings our attention to the witch hunts of the 1600s, a darker side of Iceland’s rich history. The setting is contemporary and the historical elements are flawlessly interwoven into the story. As a main plot, the author recounts the murder of a German student Harald Guntlieb, known to be unconventional and born into a wealthy Bavarian family. His body was discovered at the University of Iceland and police hastily arrested Harald’s drug dealing friend. His parents felt that there was insufficient evidence and hired the investigator Matthew Reich, not fluent in the local language he in turn summoned the help of Thora Gudmundstottir, a well known lawyer. Full of mysteries, this tale piques one’s interest from the start by bringing forward a multitude of interesting characters in sub-plots. We learn the amazing puzzle has a dark side; Harald was obsessed with tattoos and body piercing and practiced erotic asphyxiation. He was also highly influenced by the local history of witch hunts involving torture and execution. The author doesn’t mince her words but skilfully uses humour to give us a lighter side. The characterization is superbly presented, Thora is a delightful protagonist with a sharp tongue and a spunky attitude, Matthew has a wicked sense of humour to go with his sex appeal. The strong contrast in their characters present an entertaining combination. I enjoyed this mystery for its absorbing, untypical and compelling subject matter, a unique launch into a promising series.
Date published: 2009-07-25