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The Girl without Skin : Matthew Cave Thriller - Mads Peder Nordbo

The Girl without Skin

Matthew Cave Thriller

Paperback Published: 1st October 2018
ISBN: 9781925603835
Number Of Pages: 352

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A gripping mystery set amid the brilliant bright light, thick fog, soaking rain and crystalline white ice sheet of Greenland -- from the master of Arctic Crime

When a mummified Viking corpse is discovered in a crevasse out on the edge of an ice sheet, journalist Matthew Cave is sent to cover the story. The next day the mummy is gone, and the body of the policeman who was keeping watch is found naked and flayed - exactly like the victims in a gruesome series of murders that terrified the remote town of Nuuk in the 1970s.

As Matt investigates, he is shocked by the deprivation and brutal violence the locals take for granted. Unable to trust the police, he begins to suspect a cover-up. It's only when he meets a young Inuit woman, Tupaarnaq, convicted of killing her parents and two small sisters, that Matt starts to realise how deep this story goes - and how much danger he is in.

About the Author

Mads Peder Nordbo is a Danish-born author who has lived in Nuuk in Greenland for many years. He holds degrees in literature, communications and philosophy from the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Stockholm. He works in communications at the town hall in Nuuk, where he writes for the mayor of the municipality. Mads is the author of three novels, and The Girl without Skin is his crime debut. Rights have been sold in seventeen territories.

About the Translator

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.

Industry Reviews

`This intricate crime novel is incredibly thrilling, and offers some genuine surprises.' * Finals Krimiside *
`The plot is gruesome, believable and incredibly tense.' * Bogfidusen *
`Mads Peder Nordbo has written a macabre but engrossing Arctic crime novel about incest and corruption.' * Jyllands-Posten *
`Lucky Nordbo has given his main character a troubled past, which makes it plausible that he would fling himself fearlessly into investigating the older killings that breath new life-and death-into a corrupt political present.' * Borsen *
`Mads Peder Nordbo writes with great insight into the environment of Greenland, in which the nearly unbearable events play out.' * Jysk Fynske Medier *
`The Girl Without Skin is large parts a classical crime combined with a thriller's intensity-but just as much social criticism.' * VG Norway *
`The Girl Without Skin has everything the heart of a true crime fan could desire. Murder, eeriness, shivers, superstition, terrible secrets - but at the same time you can feel the author's affection for Greenland.' * Krimifan *

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a marvellous dose of Scandi crime


The Girl Without Skin is the fourth novel by Danish author, Mads Peder Nordbo, the first book in the Greenland series and the first to be translated into English. Danish journalist Matt Cave has a great story he can't publish: the mummified corpse of a Norseman found on Greenland's ice cap could give him a world-wide scoop, but his photographer's shots have all been stolen, and the corpse has gone missing. On top of that, the policeman guarding it has been brutally murdered, and authorities have directed his boss at Nuuk's leading paper, Sermitsiaq, to suppress the story. So Matt's editor sends him to the archive to research a spate of murders from the early seventies. There are similarities and some differences, but before Matt learns much, the body of a possible witness, again butchered, turns up. Matt's a bit mystified by the journal he's acquired, written by Jakob Pedersen, a cop who disappeared without trace at the same time, but a tattooed and tough young Greenlandic woman, Tupaarnaq seems to know something. However, as the old archivist says: "…if we're going to rake over this old case, we need to go about it quietly. A brutal murder like this one has only remained unsolved because someone important wanted it that way." In November 1973, Danish cop Jakob Pederson has lived in Nuuk for some years and is determined to rid the city of its child sexual abuse problem. His covert research has shown him many homes where he suspects young girls are being abused, but in four of them, he is virtually certain of it. But, within a few short days, these four men are viciously murdered: their skin flayed and their organs removed in the manner of a hunted seal. This is a marvellous dose of Scandi crime: dark and blood-thirsty with twists and red herrings keeping the pages turning and the reader guessing right up to the heart-stopping climax. Nordbo wraps his tale in some beautiful prose: "Everything was swallowed up by this grey North Atlantic blanket, whose moist br



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ISBN: 9781925603835
ISBN-10: 1925603830
Series: Matthew Cave Thriller
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st October 2018
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.46