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"I can see why such a lot of everyone is captivated with Yrsa's paintings. it's totally enticing, clean, and exciting." -- James Patterson

"Iceland's crime queen." --The Scotsman

One of the best Nordic crime writers operating at the present time, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir has been released to rave reports around the globe. Now, with Ashes to airborne dirt and dust, she promises a dynamite and well timed mystery set on the web site of a volcano.

In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried a complete Icelandic village in lava and ash. Now, hoping to make a few money, a workforce is assembled to excavate the location and switch it right into a vacationer vacation spot. Markús, who used to be whilst the volcano erupted, enlists assistance from lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdóttir to aim to avoid the excavation from going ahead.

When the digging keeps and 3 clean our bodies (and a spare head) take place within the basement of Markús' youth domestic, Thóra starts to question Markús' explanations for eager to cease the excavation. His reason behind the our bodies is complex, and the locals appear oddly reluctant to again him up. As Markús' tale starts off to resolve, Thóra reveals herself with an very unlikely job, protecting Markús whereas attempting to clear up a quadruple homicide that can rather well implicate her purchaser.

With unforgettable characters, unforeseen twists, and tremendous mental suspense, Ashes to Dust is a riveting mystery from a brand new foreign star.

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The greed that made humans fatter and fatter until eventually they burst, just like the sheep. She couldn’t have in mind even if a sheep had really burst or if she’d simply imagined it. Tinna stood up, attempting to shake off the strategies of nutrition that pursued her so insistently. She drifted round the room, peered out throughout the window—nothing worthy taking a look at—then appeared right into a wall cabinet and observed her parka placing on a hook subsequent to the garments she’d been donning while she arrived. there has been nowhere else to seem yet lower than the mattress or up the faucet at the sink, yet either one of them will require Tinna to bend over, which she didn’t love to do. it can scrunch up her abdominal and bring up her starvation. A children’s rhyme a few cawing crow without warning flashed into her brain. outdoor sits the carrion crow / are you able to listen its croak? / Beside the outdated ram’s cranium and bones / I observed its woolly cloak. She mustn’t devour. She might burst, just like the sheep. Why didn’t somebody remember that? Tinna abruptly felt as though she have been weightless. Indifference overcame her, a sense that she had issues lower than keep watch over and had not anything to fret approximately. energy she’d already ingested didn’t count number. She smiled, then giggled. the place may she discover a knife? * * * Dís sat deep in proposal, looking ahead to Ágúst. The final sufferer used to be in his workplace, a tender girl who was once contemplating getting breast implants. Dís had watched her stroll in and guess herself that the slim woman may turn out with breasts too huge to be known as appealing. It used to be consistently an identical. Dís idea it was once tragic—women bought breast implants to seem higher for males, it doesn't matter what they stated. usually they justified it via telling themselves that if their breasts have been higher they'd be happier and extra self-confident. in fact that used to be real, yet that self-confidence was once in keeping with the girl feeling extra appealing to the other intercourse. That’s why it saddened Dís that just about with out exception those ladies selected implants that have been too huge, which made them extra improper, no more dependent. If the girl used to be married she usually introduced her husband to the 1st consultations; she will be taking into account getting a lot better breasts, even though the husband frequently expressed a choice for whatever subtler. Dís continually attempted to indicate this out to the ladies, frequently to no influence: Why don’t you could have a take into consideration might be getting a bit of smaller implants? Your breasts could be greater than they're now, however the switch won’t be as drastic. You’ll be happier within the long-term. Neither health care provider nor husband may perhaps ever convince the lady to alter her brain. possibly it used to be the need to get as a lot for the money as attainable, or the phobia that the breasts could get smaller with age; Dís couldn’t ascertain, nor did she imagine that the ladies will be in a position to solution the query if she placed it to them. now not that she used to be going to begin wondering her sufferers. Dís seemed back at her watch. Why the hell used to be she puzzling over this now? It wasn’t her challenge, seeing that each one person made the choice, took accountability for it and needed to stay with it.

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