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Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense


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ISBN13: 9780061143373
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At a university in Reykjavik, 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 Thora Gudmundsdottir, an attorney and single mother of two, to investigate.

It isn't long before Thora 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.


Set in modern-day Iceland — and already an international sensation — Last Rituals introduces one of the most compelling and exceptional new characters to appear in years, attorney Thora Guomundsdottir, in a tale of medieval witchcraft and modern murder.

About the Author

Yrsa Sigurdardottir is an award-winning author of five children's novels, and her first adult novel, Last Rituals, also featuring Thora Gudmundsdottir. She is currently one of the directors of Verkis, one of Iceland's largest engineering firms, and lives with her family in Reykjavik.

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Christin, August 13, 2012 (view all comments by Christin)
A German student at the university in Reykjavik is gruesomely murdered and the family is convinced the police arrested the wrong person, so they send a family employee (who happens to be a former detective with the German police force) to work with local lawyer Thora Gudmundsdóttir to find out who did it.

I liked this a lot! Iceland was more than where the story happened to be set, it was really a part of the story itself. The murdered man was a grad student in history who was fascinated with the witchburnings in Iceland’s past and it was his investigations into theis past, which intersected with a particular obsession of his, that caused his murder. It was really intersting to get into the history of the place, not just its current culture. Thora is a great character. She’s smart and capable, but in a real-person kind of way. Like, she’s trying to deal with being a divorced single mother of two juggling her family life with her work. It’s hard and she doesn’t always get it right, but she always tries! And a lot of the time, she does get it right.

Also, Thora is a freaking awesome name. In fact, all the names in this book are awesome. I love Icelandic naming conventions.
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Jmitzel, November 6, 2011 (view all comments by Jmitzel)
After exhausting the "Girl" books, I embarked on a wonderful exploration of Scandinavian literature. This book offers a fascinating look at Icelandic culture and a not for the faint of heart review of the history of witchcraft and witch burnings. Excellent read.
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Sigurdardottir, Yrsa
Harper Paperbacks
Scudder, Bernard
General Fiction
Popular Fiction-Suspense
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Thora Gudmundsdottir Novels
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8.06x5.22x.80 in. .44 lbs.

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