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Thin Ice

By Quentin Bates

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An Icelandic Murder Mystery

Snowed in with a couple of psychopaths for the winter...
When two small-time crooks rob Reykjavik's premier drugs dealer, hoping for a quick escape to the sun, their plans start to unravel after their getaway driver fails to show. Tensions mount between the pair and the two women they have grabbed as hostages when they find themselves holed upcountry in an isolated hotel that has been mothballed for the season.
Back in the capital, Gunnhildur, Eiríkur and Helgi find themselves at a dead end investigating what appear to be the unrelated disappearance of a mother, her daughter and their car during a day's shopping, and the death of a thief in a house fire.
Gunna and her team are faced with a set of riddles but as more people are quizzed it begins to emerge that all these unrelated incidents are in fact linked. And at the same time, two increasingly desperate lowlifes have no choice but to make some big decisions on how to get rid of their accidental hostages...

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  • ISBN: 9781472121509
  • Publication date: 03 Mar 2016
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  • Imprint: Constable
A great read - leaves you craving the next installment — Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
A meticulously constructed thriller, peopled with exceptionally convincing characters and shot through with black humour. Frozen Out is as chilling as an Icelandic winter — S.J. Bolton
Superior crime fiction set in Iceland... this is a well constructed, well written and satisfying police procedural — The Times
[A] crackling fiction debut ... palpable authenticity — Publishers Weekly
British author Bates captures the chilly spirit of Nordic crime fiction in what is the apparent start of a promising series with a distinctly appealing protagonist. Fans of Arnaldur Indridason's Reykjavík mysteries will want to add Bates to their reading lists — Booklist
[With] an in-depth knowledge of just how Iceland works it's a perfect book to curl up with in front of the fire ... We've had quite a few books set in Iceland recently, but this one will give them a run for their money — The Bookbag on Frozen Out
A beautifully crafted, intricately plotted, atmospheric thriller. Highly recommended — Crime Thriller Girl on Chilled to the Bone
Superior crime fiction set in Iceland... this is a well constructed, well written and satisfying police procedural — The Times
A meticulously constructed thriller, peopled with exceptionally convincing characters and shot through with black humour. Frozen Out is as chilling as an Icelandic winter — S.J. Bolton
[A] crackling fiction debut ... palpable authenticity — Publishers Weekly
British author Bates captures the chilly spirit of Nordic crime fiction in what is the apparent start of a promising series with a distinctly appealing protagonist. Fans of Arnaldur Indridason's Reykjavík mysteries will want to add Bates to their reading lists — Booklist
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