- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145554759X
- ISBN-13: 978-1455547593
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forty Days Without Shadow: An Arctic Thriller Paperback – November 18, 2014
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"Originally published in French, and retaining the flavor of that language in an English translation, this is a lyrical, exotic mystery set in a remote Norwegian village...The novel combines a compelling mystery and equally compelling characters...Readers who follow Nordic noir should really enjoy this one."―Booklist
"Truc reveals the many layers of the mystery slowly...The breathtaking beauty of the Sapmi-the Arctic Tundra-is the real scene-stealer... Go ahead. Reader FORTY DAYS WITHOUT SHADOW. But, be warned: you will be very tempted to include Kautokeino in your short-term travel plans. Might as well shop for a chapka now."―BookBrowse
"As much a fascinating anthropological study and travelog as a compelling police procedural, this debut crime novel immerses the reader in the barren lifestyle of the Sami reindeer herders in northern Lapland....This atmospheric thriller leaves a lasting impression with its depiction of an ancient culture under pressure from the modern world. Aficionados of the genre who enjoy intriguing settings in their mysteries and fans of Tony Hillerman, James Lee Burke, and Henning Mankell will delight in discovering this young French writer."―Library Journal
"Haunting...Forty Days Without Shadow is more that a splendidly told murder investigation and its consequences. It is a fascinating telling of bloody history, culture, and indigenous people struggling against all odds to survive. The winter scenes are frighteningly real, at times leaving you breathless and filled with awe. A book you will not forget. A powerful, ingenious piece of crime noir."―New York Journal of Books
"Against the backdrop of the polar night, ancient religious traditions, and the fierce rivalries of reindeer-herders, Olivier Truc's remarkable, triumphant thriller is far more than a colourful stroll through an exotic culture."―Télérama magazine, "Best Crime Novels of 2012"
"It's always a pleasure to encounter a really unusual setting for crime fiction, but novelty alone is no good - it needs a decent story to go with it. Luckily, Forty Days Without Shadow by Olivier Truc scores both ways...This dense but tense thriller is full of local colour."―Morning Star (UK)
"Olivier Truc's debut novel is a fascinating thriller by a writer who is already a master of the genre."―Librairie Garin
"A beautiful thriller that carries us away to a mysterious land."―L'Unita
"A powerful 'Nordic' thriller... At last, a French writer has succeeded in reviving the genre, in fine style. I can't remember the last time I read a truly dark, gripping crime novel by a home-grown author."―Librairie l'usage du monde
"A unique setting, the snow, the freezing cold, reindeer, unforgettable characters...make this novel a must-read book."―Il Fatto Quotidiano
"A dark, highly original novel."―Livres Hebdo
"The bone-numbing cold of a snowy vastness underlines a chilling story. 8 stars."―Peterborough Telegraph (UK)
"A really well-written, masterly novel, and a tremendous pleasure to read. Original, fascinating, with no concessions to surface "exoticism". A terrifically successful crime novel."―Librairie L'Atelier
"This is a superb story....Truc stands out in his masterful depiction of characters."―La Razón
"Deep historical research and in-depth first-hand knowledge allow Truc to accomplish an impeccable backdrop, a true immersion into this little-known indigenous culture."―Diario del Alto Aragón
"An inspiring crime novel out of the ordinary...an original and fascinating setting."―Verdens Gang
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The Sámis in Sweden, Norway, and Finland has during century’s, just like other indigenous populations, been oppressed, and one thing the church did against them was burning their drums, there used to be thousands of them, now there are only 71 documented left. I have been for years fascinated by the Sámis so that made the experience of reading this book so much greater. Because even though this is a crime novel, it’s also a glimpse into the Sámi world, both the present one and the one the high power was hell bent on destroying when they sent up people to colonize and make Christians out of the natives.
This book was truly well written, I mean it took me days to get through because I just couldn’t skim any part because it was so well-written and interesting to read. Of course, the characters was great even though the police, for instance, 'fell into the risk of being stereotypes, bad cop, good cop, a new cop, but I didn't mind that. One character I really came to like was Aslak, the reindeer herder that preferred the old traditional way of herding reindeer instead the modern way with snow scooters.
The only part that I didn’t like was the abrupt ending; suddenly the book was just finished and I wanted more. I hope Olivier Truc writes more books, because this, his debut book was marvelous!
Even if the pace of the story was a bit slow, given all the factors and parties that had a role in the story, I really enjoyed it. Just as Klemet and Nina, our intuitive investigators from the reindeer police, I collected all the evidence and details that the author left during the novel so I could guess who was behind the artefact theft and the murder and I was glad to see that I was actually on the right path.
The only thing that didn't convince me about the story was the abrupt ending as I would have liked everything to end a bit more settled. I do hope though that we hear more from Klemet and Nina, this strange but effective duo and Olivier Truc takes us back to the desolate tundra. I would love to read more about the reindeer police and their cases.
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