Dead Sweet

Dead Sweet

Hardback Published on: 07/12/2023
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When a celebrated government official is found dead after his surprise birthday party, a young police officer uncovers a terrifying world of financial crime, sinister cults and disturbing secret lives. Icelandic politician Katrín Júlíusdóttir's award-winning debut – first in a breathtaking series…   **Winner of the Blackbird Award for Best Icelandic Crime Debut**  ‘A breathtaking political thriller from one of Iceland’s most exciting new voices’ Eva Björg Ægisdóttir‘Katrín Júlíusdóttir skilfully weaves together intense family dynamics, dark pasts and criminal endeavours in this masterful narrative’ Lilja Sigurðardóttir   ____________________   A murder is just the beginning…   When Óttar Karlsson, a wealthy and respected government official and businessman, is found murdered, after failing to turn up at his own surprise birthday party, the police are at a loss. It isn't until young police officer Sigurdís finds a well-hidden safe in his impersonal luxury apartment that clues start emerging.    As Óttar's shady business dealings become clear, a second, unexpected line of enquiry emerges, when Sigurdís finds a US phone number in the safe, along with papers showing regular money transfers to an American account. Following the trail to Minnesota, trauma rooted in Sigurdís's own childhood threatens to resurface and the investigation strikes chillingly close to home…   Atmospheric, deeply unsettling and full of breakneck twists and turns, Dead Sweet is a startling debut thriller that uncovers a terrifying world of financial crime, sinister cults and disturbing secret lives, and kicks off an addictive, mind-blowing new series.   ______________________   ‘Exceptional and realistic characters … Dead Sweet hooks you in from the very first page and keeps you there until the unexpected ending’ Blackbird Award judges: Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Ragnar Jónasson and Bjarni Þorsteinsson   ‘An excellent debut thriller with a highly original storyline’ Sæunn Gísladóttir, The Reading Room   What readers are saying…   *****   ‘Dark, chilling and twisty … I couldn’t put it down’   ‘Breathtakingly unnerving’   ‘What an ending!’   ‘So atmospheric, so clever’   ‘Sigurdís is a brilliant character’   ‘The tension is almost unbearable … I loved it!’

  • Publisher: Orenda Books
  • ISBN: 9781914585999
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Dimensions: 204 x 125 mm

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Dead Sweet
A brilliant, tense, intelligent and atmospheric thriller
A brand new Icelandic crime author is so exciting. I love that a small country that has (thankfully) an incredibly small number of murders – just 3 this ye... READ MORE
Mary Picken
Dead Sweet
Great debut novel
Dead Sweet is an intriguing and enthralling debut novel, written by an ex Minister in the Icelandic Government and showing, I think, the insight of an insi... READ MORE
Blue Book Balloon
Dead Sweet
Dry, slow, and dull!
‘Dead Sweet’ is dry, slow, and dull. The plot is rambling, tedious and unconvincing, and its characters are dimensionless. With respect to the plaudits ... READ MORE
Clive Woolliscroft
Dead Sweet
An exciting start to a new crime series
"There's a lesson to be learned: life's not a game to be played." Unnerving, tense and twisty, Dead Sweet is a strong start to an exhilarating new Scand... READ MORE
Emma Alvey
Dead Sweet
New Series!
Thank you to the publishers for this review copy. Dead Sweet is the start of a new crime thriller series and also a good debut novel. The subject matter... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Dead Sweet
A wonderful Nordic thriller
This book is outstanding. A complex tale with some tangents depicting the lives of the two of the characters. You will be kept guessing throughout the ... READ MORE
Terry Masters