Forty Days Without Shadow: An Arctic Thriller

Forty Days Without Shadow: An Arctic Thriller

by Olivier Truc


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Tomorrow, the sun will rise for the first time in 40 days. Thirty minutes of daylight will herald the end of the polar night in Kautokeino, a small village in northern Norway, home to the indigenous Sami people.

But in the last hours of darkness, a precious artifact is stolen: an ancient Sami drum. The most important piece in the museum's collection, it was due to go on tour with a UN exhibition in a few short weeks.

Hours later, a man is murdered. Mattis, one of the last Sami reindeer herders, is found dead in his gumpy.

Are the two crimes connected? In a town fraught with tension—between the indigenous Samis fighting to keep their culture alive, the ultra-Lutheran Scandinavian colonists concerned with propagating their own religion, and the greedy geologists eager to mine the region's ore deposits—it falls to two local police officers to solve the crimes. Klemet Nango, an experienced Sami officer, and Nina Nansen, his much younger partner from the south of Norway, must find the perpetrators before it's too late...


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594741565
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 245,761
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Olivier Truc was born in France in 1964. He has worked as a journalist since 1986, and has been based in Stockholm since 1994, where he is currently the Nordic and Baltic correspondent for Le Monde and Le Point. As a reporter, Olivier Truc covers subjects from politics and economics to social issues like immigration and minorities. He has also produced TV documentaries, including one that portrays a group of Norwegian policemen in Lapland ("The Reindeer Police," 2008). He has previously published two non-fiction books. Forty Days Without Shadow is his first novel, and was published in the original French by Éditions Métailié in September 2012.

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Forty Days Without Shadow : An Arctic Thriller 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story about the sami people and the far north Mining issues etc really enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
fantastic, a truly description of the north of scandinavia
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As i said before splendid
RplusR More than 1 year ago
Excellent, but with defects I like mystery novels that are also educational. From this standpoint, five stars is not high enough. Learning about the Sami people and their status in the northern parts of Scandinavia was a real eye opener. One of the most educational mystery novels that I have ever read. On the other hand, while over all the story line was fairly good, the book was somewhat long winded. I think a good editor could have cut its length by about a quarter. Also, while the main characters were decent people, I never really felt any deep warmth for them. Not a Donna Leone novel. Thus, as a pure mystery novel, I would give this book three stars. I hate saying that because it is so worthwhile reading for it cultural aspects.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Wonderful descriptions ,very engaging. A true gem of a literary mystery