The Legacy

The Legacy : A Dark and Engaging Thriller Which is Impossible to Put Down

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Selected by the Sunday Times as one of the 40 best crime novels published 2015-2020

The first in an exciting new series from 'Iceland's outstanding crime novelist' (Daily Express) Yrsa Sigurdardottir.


'Believe all the hype - this is crime at its best.' Heat

Detective Huldar is out of his depth. His first murder case is like nothing he's seen before - a bizarre attack on a seemingly blameless woman.

The only evidence is a list of numbers found at the scene, and the testimony of the victim's eleven-year-old daughter, who isn't talking.

While his team attempt to crack the code, Huldar turns to child psychologist Freyja for her expertise with traumatised young people.

Because time is running out...and the one thing they know for certain is that the murderer will strike again.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 128 x 186 x 32mm | 320g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781473621558
  • 85,586

Review Text

The queen of Nordic crime shows her considerable chops with an introductory murder that hikes the tension
to cardiac-arrest levels, then introduces a new detective, the baggy-eyed Huldar, to sort it out. Icelandic noir
at its reliably gripping best

The Sunday Times
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The queen of Nordic crime shows her considerable chops with an introductory murder that hikes the tension
to cardiac-arrest levels, then introduces a new detective, the baggy-eyed Huldar, to sort it out. Icelandic noir
at its reliably gripping best * The Sunday Times * Iceland's outstanding crime novelist * Daily Express * The Legacy takes us into a world where secrets are buried deep, only to reappear decades later and inflict harm on people who have no idea that they're connected by past horrors. Yrsa is a magnificent writer who envelops her stories with atmosphere so thick that only care and a bit of luck can see through it. Her characters spring vividly to life as they try their best to do just that, knowing that any mistake could be deadly for another innocent person. Impossible to put down. The Legacy is the start of an exciting new direction for Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The horror of a decades-old family separation provides the catalyst for dark crimes and a complex investigation. The Children's House promises to be an outstanding series. We have always been able to rely on Yrsa Sigurdardottir for a good story well told, and The Legacy is no exception. A strong sense of place, interesting characters and a chilling plot make The Legacy a novel to savour. Yrsa remains the queen of Icelandic thriller writers * Guardian on THE LEGACY * 5*s - Believe all the hype - this is crime at its best. * Heat Magazine on THE LEGACY * If you like your crime fiction dark and engaging, look no further. THE LEGACY is as brutal as it gets. A cracking start to a new series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Another tour de force from Sigurdardottir that cements her reputation as the queen of Nordic noir * i Paper in THE LEGACY * The conclusion is even more astounding, thanks to her white-hot plotting. * CrimeFiction Lover on THE LEGACY * The connecting thread in all the writer's work is her astuteness in observing human relations, the everyday mixed with the dark and devious. * The ArtsDesk on THE LEGACY * A tale of elegant twists and turns, which surprised me at least three times in the last fifty pages No one does crime fiction quite like Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir... THE LEGACY is a masterful procedural infused with the author's dark imagination. * Criminal Element * The deeper Sigurdardottir delves into the dark corners of her imagination, the more her creative talents thrive.
This is a compelling read for anyone with an appetite for the macabre and the cryptic. * Daily Express * Solid characters and great complex plot...If you haven't already met the Queen of Icelandic Crime fiction start here, because this is her best novel to date * Globe and Mail *
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About Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series and several stand-alone thrillers, Yrsa Sigurdardottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1963 and works as a civil engineer. She made her crime fiction debut in 2005 with LAST RITUALS, the first instalment in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series, and has been translated into more than 30 languages. Her work stands 'comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world' according to the Times Literary Supplement. The second instalment in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series, MY SOUL TO TAKE, was shortlisted for the 2010 Shamus Award. In 2011 her stand-alone horror novel I REMEMBER YOU was awarded the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award and was nominated for The Glass Key, and has been made intoa film starring Johannes Haukur by ZikZak Filmworks. In 2015 THE SILENCE OF THE SEA won the Petrona Award for the year's best Scandinavian crime novel, and THE LEGACY, the first novel in the Freyja and Huldar series, was nominated for The Glass Key and won the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award. All of her books have been European bestsellers. Victoria Cribb has translated over thirty-five books by Icelandic authors. Her translations of Moonstone and CoDex 1962 were both longlisted for the PEN America Translation Prize and in 2017 she received the Ordstir honorary translation award for services to Icelandic literature.
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8,084 ratings
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5 28% (2,298)
4 45% (3,665)
3 21% (1,709)
2 4% (325)
1 1% (87)
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