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Aska (2007)

av Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

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Serier: Thóra Guðmundsdóttir (3)

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4484242,226 (3.5)74
"Named One of the Year's Top Ten Crime Books in the UK... A Masterwork of Suspense from "Iceland's Crime Queen" (The Scotsman) In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried an entire Icelandic village in lava and ash. Now this macabre tourist attraction proves deadly once again--when the discovery of fresh bodies casts a shadow of suspicion onto Markus Magnusson, a man accused of killing his childhood sweetheart. His attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir finds that her client has a most inventive story to tell. But the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up... Filled with unforgettable characters, unexpected twists, and superb psychological suspense, Ashes to Dust is a superlative thriller from an acclaimed master of Nordic fiction"--… (mer)
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Quite a complicated tale of volcanos, bodies, seafaring men, and, oddly, an attorney.

Attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired by Markus, who is being held on suspicion of the murder of his good friend Alda. On the Westman Islands, a remote part of remote Iceland. In 1973 an eruption of a volcano on the main island caused all of its inhabitants to flee to the mainland. Some did not leave, however. Four of those remained in the basement of Markus's parents' house. Where they were discovered many years later, in the presence of archeologists.

Who were they? Why were they in the basement?

Different law enforcement agencies went to work on the case, but Thora didn't feel she could leave it to them. She set about finding out the truth, hoping it did not lead to her client.

At times I felt she talked too much. She revealed too much, just couldn't shut up while working. I also found the conversations a bit off. But in general I enjoyed the hunt and the complexity of the case. Why Thora worked as her own investigator was never explained - maybe that's the way in Iceland? ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Auf den isländischen Westmännerinseln werden bei Ausgrabungen im Sommer 2007 drei Leichen und ein abgetrennter Kopf gefunden. Sie liegen im Keller des Elternhauses von Markús Magnússon, das bei einem Vulkanausbruch vor mehr als dreißig Jahren verschüttet wurde. Da Markús mit Hilfe seiner Anwältin Dóra die Ausgrabung unbedingt verhindern wollte, steht er plötzlich unter Mordverdacht: Hat er als Jugendlicher drei Menschen getötet und verstümmelt? Und was hat seine Jugendliebe Alda mit dem Fall zu tun? Rechtsanwältin Dóra glaubt an Markús' Unschuld und will herausfinden, was wirklich geschehen ist. Doch dann wird Aldas Leiche entdeckt ...
  Fredo68 | May 18, 2020 |
This is the second Thora G novel I've read and it did not disappoint. One reason I am drawn to the Nordic/Scandanavian mysteries is the complexity of plot and well defined characters - both traits that are in grand display in this novel. Yrsa S has done a masterful job of weaving a very complex and at times convoluted set of events into a fluid plot line. A supporting cast of characters are well defined and cross paths at very critical junctures during the novel. Is it an easy book to read? No, I did find it a bit cumbersome at times but I had to remind myself that something with this many layers takes time to develop. I thoroughly got lost in the details as we journeyed towards a very satisfying ending. Good read! ( )
  Hardboiled | Feb 22, 2018 |
Ashes to Dust is the third in Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s series featuring attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir. Thirty-five years ago, in 1973, the Eldfell volcano erupted, covering the tiny Icelandic village of Heimaey in ash. Today archaeologists have returned to uncover some of the homes. Markus Magnusson was a teenager when it happened, but has now hired Thora to make sure no one can enter his former home until he has. He rushes to the basement as soon as it's clear and grabs the box he has been concerned about. He sees three corpses against the wall, drops the box, and a severed head rolls out. Thora now needs to investigate what happened all those years ago so she can advocate for her client.

Thora is a pretty realistic character. She's a divorced, single mother of two and has just become a new grandmother thanks to her 18 year old son. She's not hugely successful in the business sense, but she is determined to do her job to the best of her ability. The story dragged in a few places but, for the most part, there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested in the plot. The most difficult thing I encountered was trying to pronounce the multi-syllabic Icelandic names, but once I settled on “my own” pronunciation that was no longer an issue. This can definitely be read as a standalone novel. Overall I enjoyed the story and the characters and would recommend it to fans of mysteries set in fascinating locations. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
enjoyed it while reading it, not too sure about the ending - it felt unsatisfactory... of course, it may be more real that the right person doesn't get taken to task, and I am not sure whether Markus or Hjalti was responsible now, and in fiction I as a reader want to know the truth even if for the plot the other characters are in the dark... ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
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The plot in Ashes to Dust is clever, rich and very intriguing, with several surprising twists and turns, and Thóra Gudmundsdóttir is an excellent protagonist. Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s story telling seems to be improving from book to book, and I thought this book was fabulous – in my opinion her best so far; tense and perhaps even a little terrifying. This is outstanding, very intelligent crime fiction!

 
Over 30 år etter vulkanutbruddet på Vestmannaøyene, skal husene graves fram. Markús oppsøker barndommens kjeller for å hente en eske. Han blekner da en hodeskalle faller ut og triller mot tre støvhauger, tre ansikter. Hvem er de døde, når havnet de i kjelleren og hvem la dem der? En kvinne dør i Reykjavik, og Thóra Gudmundsdóttir får etter hvert en fornemmelse av sammenheng mellom likfunnet og kvinnemordet.
 

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"Named One of the Year's Top Ten Crime Books in the UK... A Masterwork of Suspense from "Iceland's Crime Queen" (The Scotsman) In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried an entire Icelandic village in lava and ash. Now this macabre tourist attraction proves deadly once again--when the discovery of fresh bodies casts a shadow of suspicion onto Markus Magnusson, a man accused of killing his childhood sweetheart. His attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir finds that her client has a most inventive story to tell. But the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up... Filled with unforgettable characters, unexpected twists, and superb psychological suspense, Ashes to Dust is a superlative thriller from an acclaimed master of Nordic fiction"--

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