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Betrayal

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A stunning standalone thriller from the Queen of Iceland Noir.


***Shortlisted for the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel***

'Tough, uncompromising and unsettling' Val McDermid

When aid worker Ursula returns to Iceland for a new job, she's drawn into the dangerous worlds of politics, corruption and misogyny ... a powerful, relevant, fast-paced standalone thriller.


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Burned out and traumatised by her horrifying experiences around the world, aid worker Ursula has returned to Iceland. Unable to settle, she accepts a high-profile government role in which she hopes to make a difference again.

But on her first day in the post, Ursula promises to help a mother seeking justice for her daughter, who had been raped by a policeman, and life in high office soon becomes much more harrowing than Ursula could ever have imagined. A homeless man is stalking her - but is he hounding her, or warning her of some danger? And why has the death of her father in police custody so many years earlier reared its head again?

As Ursula is drawn into dirty politics, facing increasingly deadly threats, the lives of her stalker, her bodyguard and even a witch-like cleaning lady intertwine. Small betrayals become large ones, and the stakes are raised ever higher...

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Praise for Lilja Sigurdardottir


'Tense and pacey' Guardian

'Highly unusual' The Times

'Smart writing with a strongly beating heart' Big Issue

'Deftly plotted' Financial Times

'Breathtakingly original' New York Journal of Books


'Taut, gritty and thoroughly absorbing' Booklist

'A stunning addition to the icy-cold crime genre' Foreword Reviews
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Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1913193403
  • 9781913193409
  • 365,282

Review quote

"With shocks and surprises in store, and that oh so satisfying end, Cage provoked, chilled, and thrilled me." --LoveReading
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About Lilja Sigurdardottir

Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardottir was born in the town of Akranesin 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, the first in a new series and Lilja's English debut shortlisting for the CWA International Dagger and hitting bestseller lists worldwide. Trap soon followed suit, with the third in the trilogy Cage winning the Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year, and was a Guardian Book of the Year. Lilja's standalone Betrayal, was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel. In 2021, Cold as Hell, the first in the An Arora Investigation series was published, with Red as Blood to follow in 2022. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja is also an award-winning screenwriter in her native Iceland. She lives in Reykjavik with her partner. Quentin Bates escaped English suburbia as a teenager, jumping at the chance of a gap year working in Iceland. For a variety of reasons, the gap year stretched to become a gap decade, during which time he went native in the north of Iceland, acquiring a new language a new profession as a seaman and a family, before decamping en masse for England. He worked as a truck driver, teacher, netmaker and trawlerman at various times before falling into journalism, largely by accident. He is the author of a series of crime novels set in present-day Iceland (Frozen Out, Cold Steal, Chilled to the Bone, Winterlude, Cold Comfort and Thin Ice which have been published worldwide. He has translated all of Ragnar Jonasson's Dark Iceland series.
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673 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
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4 44% (299)
3 25% (168)
2 5% (32)
1 1% (7)
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