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Devil's Fjord
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Devil's Fjord
New District Sheriff Tristan Haraldsen uncovers a series of dark secrets when he investigates the disappearance of two boys in the remote Faroe Islands. Newly-appointed District Sheriff Tristan Haraldsen and his wife Elsebeth are looking forward to a peaceful semi-retirement in the remote fishing village of Djevulsfjord on the stunningly beautiful island of Vagar. But when two boys go missing during the first whale hunt of the season, the repercussions strike at the heart of the isolated coastal community. As he pursues his investigations, Tristan discovers that the Mikkelsen brothers aren't the first young men to have vanished on Vagar. Determined to solve the mystery of Djevulsfjord, yet encountering suspicion wherever he turns, Haraldsen comes to realize he and his wife are not living in the rural paradise they had imagined, and that the wild beauty of the region hides a far darker reality.
New District Sheriff Tristan Haraldsen uncovers a series of dark secrets when he investigates the disappearance of two boys in the remote Faroe Islands. Newly-appointed District Sheriff Tristan Haraldsen and his wife Elsebeth are looking forward to a peaceful semi-retirement in the remote fishing village of Djevulsfjord on the stunningly beautiful island of Vagar. But when two boys go missing during the first whale hunt of the season, the repercussions strike at the heart of the isolated coastal community. As he pursues his investigations, Tristan discovers that the Mikkelsen brothers aren't the first young men to have vanished on Vagar. Determined to solve the mystery of Djevulsfjord, yet encountering suspicion wherever he turns, Haraldsen comes to realize he and his wife are not living in the rural paradise they had imagined, and that the wild beauty of the region hides a far darker reality.
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    March 1, 2019
    The creator of Rome's Nic Costa (The Savage Shore, 2018, etc.) takes an excursion to the wild side of the Faroe Islands, "where crime [is] as rare as Catholicism."Even though Tristan Haraldsen, a former office manager for the Tórshavn Police, has always thought of himself as a town man, he and his wife, Elsebeth, have retired to the Faroes village of Djevulsfjord, where he's accepted the part-time, largely ceremonial post of district sheriff. His one serious responsibility is to preside over the grind, the ritual slaughter of beached whales. The job doesn't suit him a bit. He recoils from the wholesale violence, the copious blood, and, in particular, the image of 10-year-old Jónas Mikkelsen precociously stabbing a whale. Worse news swiftly follows. Both Jónas and slow-witted Benjamin Mikkelsen, who's always been at the mercy of the often cruel brother who's 18 months younger than him, disappear at the height of the grind. The natives assume it's another prank by Jónas, and they're not far wrong: He's forced Benjamin away from home and into the treacherous wilderness for reasons he feels no need to explain. The plot thickens when Jónas is found stabbed to death with a whaling knife, putting considerable pressure on Haraldsen both to investigate and not to investigate. As he grows more and more convinced that the mystery is rooted in the death of the boys' uncle Kaspar Ganting, who fell or was pushed over the Lundi Cliffs a year ago, Haraldsen and area police officer Hanna Olsen are strongly encouraged by their superiors to leave ill enough alone. Nor can Haraldsen forget the fate of his predecessor, District Sheriff Kristian Djurhuus, who died just a week after Kaspar Ganting.As grim as the bleakest of Nordic noir. If you think the solution to the crime will produce a happy ending, just wait till the chilling final pages.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 25, 2019
    In this promising series launch from Hewson (the Nic Costa series) set on the Faroe island of Vágar, the chief duty of 55-year-old Tristan Haraldsen, a part-time district sheriff who recently retired from the police on account of his health, is to ensure that the fishermen from the village of Djevulsfjord follow the rules of an ancient and savage ritual, the whale hunt known as the grind. During the course of the hunt, the two Mikkelsen brothers, Jónas and Benjamin, go missing. Meanwhile, Tristan’s wife, Elsebeth, has a chance encounter with an angry animal rights activist that leads the couple to investigate the mysterious death of Tristan’s predecessor as district sheriff and the disappearance of a local policewoman’s brother. This grim tale, almost the stuff of Norse myths, offers little hope or redemption as absolute evil wraps its way through Djevulsfjord—where outsiders are not welcome. The story starts slow, but once the fate of the Mikkelsen brothers becomes clear, readers will be gripped and hold fast until the shocking end. Hewson’s fans will look forward to the next installment.

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