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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 die Ausgrabung unbedingt verhindern wollte, steht er plötzlich unter Mordverdacht: Hat er als Jugendlicher drei Menschen getötet und verstümmelt? Rechtsanwältin Dóra glaubt an Markús’ Unschuld. Doch dann wird noch eine Leiche entdeckt ...
The third crime novel from international bestseller Yrsa Sigurdardottir, ASHES TO DUST is tense, taut and terrifying - not to be missed for fans of Nordic Noir. Thora peered at the floor, but couldn't see anything that could have frightened Markus that much, only three mounds of dust. She moved the light of her torch over them. It took her some time to realize what she was seeing-- and then it was all she could do not to let the torch slip from her hand. 'Good God,' she said. She ran the light over the three faces, one after another. Sunken cheeks, empty eye-sockets, gaping mouths; they reminded her of photographs of mummies she'd once seen in National Geographic. 'Who are these people?' 'I don't know,' said Markus... Bodies are discovered in one of the excavated houses at a volcanic tourist attraction dubbed 'The Pompeii of the North'. Markus Magnusson, who was only a teenager when the volcano erupted, falls under suspicion and hires attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir to defend him - but when his childhood sweetheart is murdered his case starts to look more difficult, and the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up . . .
Charts the disastrous 2006/7 Ashes Test series from the point of view of a member England's incredible phalanx of committed supporters - The Barmy Army. This work is written by someone who has sung, shouted, drunk and exchanged insults with the Aussies on behalf of Queen and Country, and occasionally taken the spoils.
This self-help/how-to handbook was written to aid parents & professionals FALSELY accused of child abuse, & THEIR LAWYERS. The book describes the horror of being wrongly accused of child abuse & how the same can effect the children who are treated as abuse victims. The author of DON'T BLAME ME, DADDY (Hampton Roads 1992), Dean Tong is a nationally recognized family rights activist. He has done over 400 radio & TV talk shows & is listed in Bowker's 1997-98 edition of Who's Who in Medicine & Healthcare. ASHES TO ASHES...FAMILIES TO DUST takes a critical look at our system that is charged to protect our children. And, in light of the Woody Allen-Michael Jackson cases, it suggests YOU could be next! Tong outlines step-by-step what to do if falsely accused & adds attorney, support group & internet on-line resource lists. To order: Query FamRights Press @6102 Webb Rd., No. 811, Tampa, FL 33615. Phone/Fax 813-885-6173; or call TOLL-FREE 1-800-987-7771. Listed in Books in Print & w/ Baker & Taylor Books. Internet: http://www.emrkt.com/books/dbmd.hmtl.
Paul Bonin is a talented French artist living in Los Angeles. He travels to Central America to further challenge his creativity and inject a little adventure into his life. Paul meets a young research scientist, Ashley, while painting portraits in La Ceiba, Honduras. He sails with her to the Isle of Roatan and later joins her jungle expedition in Panama that is in search of the Golden Poison-Dart Frog. They fall in love, marry and she conducts her research on biotoxins at the John Hopkins Research Center while he paints portraits and runs an art studio. They get married on her sailboat at the Baltimore Inner Harbor in a very unique theme wedding. Their romantic and endearing love story ends with her unexpected and sudden passing. Paul Bonin and a local catholic priest are arrested for the kidnapping of Ashley from her hospital room and of her murder. The young artist gets past the kidnapping and murder charges but remains severely depressed. While shrouded in grief, Paul is approach by Elenor Bixby to create a portrait of her deceased husband with his cremated remains mixed into the paint. This portrait has an added dimension and Paul realizes that he has created a new art form – art that has a direct and deeply felt emotional connection with the viewer. Guided by the hand of fate, in Ashley’s basement stuff Paul discovers a collection jar of the dreadfully deadly biotoxin of the golden frogs. After being mugged two times, Paul evolves into a vigilante and entombs several thugs and one of their victims into his portraits. The emotional response of intense fear, dread and hate induced by looking at these portraits is overpowering; causing viewers to look away in short order. But Paul wants more and explores other avenues for his novel art creations including couples engaged in lovemaking. With his “golden” darts instantaneously freezing intimate couples at the very height of their ecstasy, they are then cremated and given eternal life in Paul’s “special paint” portraits. The pleasure invoked by these sexual portraits is intensely stimulating – both emotionally and physically. He becomes famous and known to the world at the New York International Art Exposition. Shortly thereafter he displays his artwork at the Baltimore International Art Exposition and the "stimulating" reactions to his portraits continue. However, he has gone too far ... enter Inspector Royce Pinkerton. A compelling and captivating story of that which is imaginable.
"I can see why so many people are enthusiastic about Yrsa's work. It's very engaging, fresh, and exciting." -- James Patterson "Iceland's crime queen." --The Scotsman One of the finest Nordic crime writers working today, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir has been published to rave reviews worldwide. Now, with Ashes to Dust, she delivers a dynamite and timely thriller set at the site of a volcano. In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried an entire Icelandic village in lava and ash. Now, hoping to make some cash, a crew is assembled to excavate the site and turn it into a tourist destination. Markús, who was a teenager when the volcano erupted, enlists the help of attorney Thóra Gudmundsdóttir to try to prevent the excavation from going forward. When the digging continues and three fresh bodies (and a spare head) turn up in the basement of Markús’ childhood home, Thóra begins to question Markús’ motives for wanting to stop the excavation. His explanation for the bodies is complicated, and the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up. As Markús’ story begins to unravel, Thóra finds herself with an impossible task, defending Markús while trying to solve a quadruple murder that may very well implicate her client. With unforgettable characters, unexpected twists, and superb psychological suspense, Ashes to Dust is a riveting thriller from a new international star. Review Praise for *Ashes to Dust* "Excellent... Sigurdardóttir uses Iceland’s past and present to full effect in this tale of hidden crimes and family secrets. Even those unfamiliar with this volcanic island nation will find themselves entranced." --Publishers Weekly (starred) "Buried under all the volcanic ash, false trails and endless recriminations is a puzzle whose grim solution is worthy of Stieg Larsson." --Kirkus "This darkly atmospheric psychological suspense is full of unusual characters, as well as numerous surprising twists and turns." --FreshFiction.com "A fine mix of crime and vividly realized landscape." --Booklist "Icelandic volcanic explosion provides a timely background... the chaos and panic caused by the 1973 eruption are vividly evoked in Yrsa Sigurdardóttir's novel." --The Independent (UK) "A fascinating setting and realistic characters make this an engrossing read -- and Sigurdardóttir maintains the intrigue as her clever plot unravels." --Metro (UK) Praise for the Novels of Yrsa Sigurdardóttir “Iceland’s answer to Stieg Larsson.” --The Telegraph (UK) “Stands comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world.” --The Times Literary Supplement (UK) "Sigurdardóttir delivers terrific clammy atmosphere and frequent frissons of fear; she is entitled to join the front rank of Nordic crime writers." --The Times (UK) "Brilliantly plotted and chilling." --The Daily Mirror (UK) Praise for *Last Rituals* “Thora is an attractive heroine; she’s practical, capable and intelligent as well as having a dry sense of humor and an enquiring mind….She’s curious about everything.” --EuroCrime.com Prasie for *My Soul to Take* “The writing is distinguished by superb evocations of extraordinary landscapes.” --The Independent (UK) “Icelandic attorney Thóra Gudmundsdóttir is a clever and astute woman, and a welcome addition to the pantheon of fictional female investigators.” --RT Book Reviews (four stars) About the Author YRSA SIGURDARDOTTIR lives with her family in Reykjavík; she is also a director of one of Iceland's largest engineering firms.
"I can see why so many people are enthusiastic about Yrsa's work. It's very engaging, fresh, and exciting." -- James Patterson "Iceland's crime queen." --The Scotsman One of the finest Nordic crime writers working today, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir has been published to rave reviews worldwide. Now, with Ashes to Dust, she delivers a dynamite and timely thriller set at the site of a volcano. In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried an entire Icelandic village in lava and ash. Now, hoping to make some cash, a crew is assembled to excavate the site and turn it into a tourist destination. Markús, who was a teenager when the volcano erupted, enlists the help of attorney Thóra Gudmundsdóttir to try to prevent the excavation from going forward. When the digging continues and three fresh bodies (and a spare head) turn up in the basement of Markús’ childhood home, Thóra begins to question Markús’ motives for wanting to stop the excavation. His explanation for the bodies is complicated, and the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up. As Markús’ story begins to unravel, Thóra finds herself with an impossible task, defending Markús while trying to solve a quadruple murder that may very well implicate her client. With unforgettable characters, unexpected twists, and superb psychological suspense, Ashes to Dust is a riveting thriller from a new international star. Review Praise for *Ashes to Dust* "Excellent... Sigurdardóttir uses Iceland’s past and present to full effect in this tale of hidden crimes and family secrets. Even those unfamiliar with this volcanic island nation will find themselves entranced." --Publishers Weekly (starred) "Buried under all the volcanic ash, false trails and endless recriminations is a puzzle whose grim solution is worthy of Stieg Larsson." --Kirkus "This darkly atmospheric psychological suspense is full of unusual characters, as well as numerous surprising twists and turns." --FreshFiction.com "A fine mix of crime and vividly realized landscape." --Booklist "Icelandic volcanic explosion provides a timely background... the chaos and panic caused by the 1973 eruption are vividly evoked in Yrsa Sigurdardóttir's novel." --The Independent (UK) "A fascinating setting and realistic characters make this an engrossing read -- and Sigurdardóttir maintains the intrigue as her clever plot unravels." --Metro (UK) Praise for the Novels of Yrsa Sigurdardóttir “Iceland’s answer to Stieg Larsson.” --The Telegraph (UK) “Stands comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world.” --The Times Literary Supplement (UK) "Sigurdardóttir delivers terrific clammy atmosphere and frequent frissons of fear; she is entitled to join the front rank of Nordic crime writers." --The Times (UK) "Brilliantly plotted and chilling." --The Daily Mirror (UK) Praise for *Last Rituals* “Thora is an attractive heroine; she’s practical, capable and intelligent as well as having a dry sense of humor and an enquiring mind….She’s curious about everything.” --EuroCrime.com Prasie for *My Soul to Take* “The writing is distinguished by superb evocations of extraordinary landscapes.” --The Independent (UK) “Icelandic attorney Thóra Gudmundsdóttir is a clever and astute woman, and a welcome addition to the pantheon of fictional female investigators.” --RT Book Reviews (four stars) About the Author YRSA SIGURDARDOTTIR lives with her family in Reykjavík; she is also a director of one of Iceland's largest engineering firms.

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