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Cold Comfort

Cold Comfort

Following her promotion and working now from Reykjavik, Gunnhildur is given responsibility for two cases – the first in tracking down an escaped convict who’s keen to settle old scores, and the other, the murder of a TV fitness presenter in her city centre apartment.

With the police short staffed and underfunded following the financial crash, Gunnhildur and her team set about delving into the backgrounds of both, where they uncover some unwelcome secrets and some influential friends of both who have no wish to be in the public eye.

Set in an Iceland that is coming to terms with the deepening recession, Gunnhildur has to take stock of the whirlwind changes that have taken place as she investigates criminals at opposite ends of the social scale as some uncomfortable links appear between the two cases.

Praise for Frozen Out:

A meticulously constructed thriller, peopled with exceptionally convincing characters and shot through with black humour. Frozen Out is as chilling as an Icelandic winter. S.J. Bolton

“[A] crackling fiction debut … palpable authenticity.” Publishers Weekly

British author Bates captures the chilly spirit of Nordic crime fiction in what is the apparent start of a promising series with a distinctly appealing protagonist. Fans of Arnaldur Indridason’s Reykjavík mysteries will want to add Bates to their reading lists. Booklist

Gunna is an admirable protagonist: sensible, intelligent and determined….I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and can recommend it very highly as a flying start to what seems to be shaping up to be a superb new series. Eurocrime.

Well written and absorbing. Women’s Voice

…compelling fast paced stuff that never falters. Hackwriters.com

…his blistering debut reads more like an American procedural than the British product, right down to a denouement as acridly unsatisfying as today’s headlines. Kirkus Reviews
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 15th March 2012

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781780332147

Reviews

[With] an in-depth knowledge of just how Iceland works it's a perfect book to curl up with in front of the fire ... We've had quite a few books set in Iceland recently, but this one will give them a run for their money
The Bookbag on Frozen Out
Superior crime fiction set in Iceland... this is a well constructed, well written and satisfying police procedural
The Times
[A] crackling fiction debut ... palpable authenticity
Publishers Weekly on Frozen Out
A great read - leaves you craving the next installment
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
A meticulously constructed thriller, peopled with exceptionally convincing characters and shot through with black humour. Frozen Out is as chilling as an Icelandic winter
S.J. Bolton
A flying start to ... a superb new series
Eurocrime on Frozen Out
'Superior crime fiction set in Iceland... this is a well constructed, well written and satisfying police procedural'
Marcel Berlins, The Times