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Raven Black 0.74p save 91%. A taut, atmospheric thriller will keep readers guessing until the last page.... Chilling

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The novel begins at New Year in the Shetland home of elderly Magnus Tait. A few days later an incomer to the island, Fran Hunter, discovers the body of teenager Catherine Ross in the snow not far from the old man's house. The islanders believe Tait had murdered a young schoolgirl, Catriona Bruce, eight years before and are all certain who must have murdered Catherine.

Thrown into this psychological mix is Jimmy Perez, the lonely detective assigned to the case. Jimmy is "emotional incontinent", and you would think he would have trouble suspecting anyone of murder. And yet, slowly but surely, he uncovers the strained relationships and hidden secrets that lead him to the killer.

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Ann Cleeves (Author)
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Reviews from Amazon:
"A riveting read." - Val McDermid
"Chilling...enough to freeze the blood." - Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review"

"Cleeves's taut, atmospheric thriller will keep readers guessing until the last page.... Chilling."
- "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

"Deserves the top crime writer's prize in the United States this year. Don't miss this standout."
 - "Rocky Mountain News"
'Twenty past one in the morning on New Year's Day. Magnus knew the time because of the fat clock, his mother's clock, which squatted on the shelf over the fire.'

The opening lines introduce a Shetland islander waiting to be first footed on New Year's Eve, even though nobody has visited him for years. The novel quickly sets up both the mystery aspects and the psychological thriller aspects of this story. Magnus has been isolated from the rest of this small island community for years. 

The novel is partly an exploration of the history of this and whether it is justified. As readers, Cleeves places us like the camera that one of the girl victims held up to this island community - we see the pieces and try to fit them together to solve the mystery. The sense of place is excellent and Jimmy Perez is an intriguing detective that we want more of - so I'm not surprised that this will be the first in a series. Perez is descended from a Spaniard wrecked on the Fair Isles and the novel deals with the themes of heredity and inheritance as well as exclusion.

I found this novel because it won the 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger for best crime novel and will now read more Cleeves.

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