Out today: The Girl Without Skin by Mads Peder Nordbo

A DANISH BESTSELLER

 A haunting and brutal thriller from a new master in ice-cold arctic crime, exploring the clash between Inuit folklore and contemporary Arctic life

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Published 28th February 2019 by Text Publishing, price £10.99 in trade paperback

When a mummified corpse is discovered on the edge of an ice sheet in Greenland, the Danish journalist Matthew Cave is sent out to cover it. Most likely the corpse of a Norseman, it could turn out to be hugely historically and scientifically important. But the next day, the mummy is gone, and the body of the police officer guarding him is found naked and flayed.

The prime suspect is Tupaarnaq, a young Greenlandic woman, previously convicted of murdering her family. As Matthew investigates, he realises that the death is connected to a series of unsolved murders in 1970s, in which the bodies of four men were found brutally murdered in the same way as the police officer. Shocked by the deprivation and brutal violence that the locals take for granted, he begins to suspect a cover-up. He is determined to help Tupaarnaq clear her name, but nothing can prepare him for the full implications of this terrible case…

 

 Dark, heartrending and stunningly atmospheric, The Girl Without Skin is a completely unique addition to Nordic crime, set against the foreboding beauty of Greenland’s icy splendour.

‘A macabre but engrossing Arctic crime novel’

Jyllands-Posten

‘This intricate crime novel is incredibly thrilling, and offers some genuine surprises’

Finals Krimiside

‘The plot is gruesome, believable and incredibly tense’

Bogfidusen

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Mads Peder Nordbo is Danish but has lived in Greenland for several years and works at the town hall in Nuuk. He holds degrees in literature, communications and philosophy from the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Stockholm. He is the author of five novels; his two latest books will published in eighteen languages. The Girl Without Skin is the first to be published in English.

Charlotte Barslund is a Scandinavian translator. She has translated novels by Peter Adolphsen, Mikkel Birkegaard, Thomas Enger, Karin Fossum, Steffen Jacobsen, Carsten Jensen and Per Petterson, as well as a wide range of classic and contemporary plays. She lives in the UK.


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