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Selected by the Sunday Times as one of the 40 best crime novels published 2015-2020

The first in an exciting new series from ‘Iceland’s outstanding crime novelist’ (Daily Express) Yrsa Sigurdardottir.


‘Believe all the hype – this is crime at its best.’ Heat

Detective Huldar is out of his depth. His first murder case is like nothing he’s seen before – a bizarre attack on a seemingly blameless woman.

The only evidence is a list of numbers found at the scene, and the testimony of the victim’s eleven-year-old daughter, who isn’t talking.

While his team attempt to crack the code, Huldar turns to child psychologist Freyja for her expertise with traumatised young people.

Because time is running out…and the one thing they know for certain is that the murderer will strike again.


The Icelandic queen of Nordic Noir, Yrsa Sigurdardottir's writing manages to be both spare but sinister. Expect goosebumps to sprout while reading this tale of murder, abuse and other worldly shenanigans in rural Iceland.
Red Magazine on THE UNDESIRED
The Legacy is the start of an exciting new direction for Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The horror of a decades-old family separation provides the catalyst for dark crimes and a complex investigation. The Children's House promises to be an outstanding series.
Sarah Ward, author of <i>In Bitter Chill</i>
The stories share an underlying menace that is at once disturbing and compelling.
Iceland's outstanding crime novelist
Daily Express
If you like your crime fiction dark and engaging, look no further. THE LEGACY is as brutal as it gets. A cracking start to a new series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir.
Mari Hannah, author of the DCI Kate Daniels series
A tale of elegant twists and turns, which surprised me at least three times in the last fifty pages
Michael Ridpath, author of the Fire and Ice series
We have always been able to rely on Yrsa Sigurdardóttir for a good story well told, and The Legacy is no exception. A strong sense of place, interesting characters and a chilling plot make The Legacy a novel to savour.
Peter Robinson
Yrsa remains the queen of Icelandic thriller writers
Guardian on THE LEGACY
The connecting thread in all the writer's work is her astuteness in observing human relations, the everyday mixed with the dark and devious.
The ArtsDesk on THE LEGACY
The conclusion is even more astounding, thanks to her white-hot plotting.
CrimeFiction Lover on THE LEGACY
5*s - Believe all the hype - this is crime at its best.
Heat Magazine on THE LEGACY
Another tour de force from Sigurdardottir that cements her reputation as the queen of Nordic noir
i Paper in THE LEGACY
The deeper Sigurdardottir delves into the dark corners of her imagination, the more her creative talents thrive. This is a compelling read for anyone with an appetite for the macabre and the cryptic.
Daily Express
Solid characters and great complex plot...If you haven't already met the Queen of Icelandic Crime fiction start here, because this is her best novel to date
Globe and Mail
The Legacy takes us into a world where secrets are buried deep, only to reappear decades later and inflict harm on people who have no idea that they're connected by past horrors. Yrsa is a magnificent writer who envelops her stories with atmosphere so thick that only care and a bit of luck can see through it. Her characters spring vividly to life as they try their best to do just that, knowing that any mistake could be deadly for another innocent person. Impossible to put down.
Karin Slaughter
No one does crime fiction quite like Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir... THE LEGACY is a masterful procedural infused with the author's dark imagination.
Criminal Element
The queen of Nordic crime shows her considerable chops with an introductory murder that hikes the tension to cardiac-arrest levels, then introduces a new detective, the baggy-eyed Huldar, to sort it out. Icelandic noir at its reliably gripping best
The Sunday Times