Thirty Days of Darkness (Hardcover)
A snobbish Danish literary author is challenged to write a crime novel in thirty days, travelling to a small village in Iceland for inspiration, and then a body appears … an atmospheric, darkly funny, twisty debut thriller, first in an addictive new series.
`An original and thoroughly enjoyable treat´ Guardian
`Dark and sharp … A lot of fun´ Val McDermid
`Witty, dark, meta, ingenious and hugely compelling. I LOVED the Icelandic setting and satirical observations´ Will Dean
`Hilariously scathing. Satirises genre fiction while creating a first-class example of it, full of suspects, red herrings and twists … wit and originality make it a joy to read´ Mark Sanderson, The Times CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH
**Winner of the Harald Mogensen Prize for Best Danish Crime Novel**
**Shortlisted for the Glass Key Award**
Copenhagen author Hannah is the darling of the literary community and her novels have achieved massive critical acclaim. But nobody actually reads them, and frustrated by writer’s block, Hannah has the feeling that she’s doing something wrong.
When she expresses her contempt for genre fiction, Hanna is publicly challenged to write a crime novel in thirty days. Scared that she will lose face, she accepts, and her editor sends her to Húsafjöður – a quiet, tight-knit village in Iceland, filled with colourful local characters – for inspiration.
But two days after her arrival, the body of a fisherman’s young son is pulled from the water … and what begins as a search for plot material quickly turns into a messy and dangerous investigation that threatens to uncover secrets that put everything at risk … including Hannah…
Atmospheric, dramatic and full of nerve-jangling twists and turns, Thirty Days of Darkness is a darkly funny, unsettling debut Nordic Noir thriller that marks the start of a breath-taking new series.
`Dark and atmospheric … a bleak and beautiful evocation of Iceland, and Hannah is a pitch-perfect depiction of the bombastic neurosis that we writers know so very well´ Harriet Tyce
`Such a clever, original twist on the Nordic Noir tradition – darkly humorous and utterly captivating´ Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
`A fantastic debut … Darkly funny, tense and a lot of poking fun at crime-writing´ Tariq Ashkanani
`Delightfully dark´ Antti Tuomainen
`So atmospheric´ Crime Monthly
`An absolute gem … a superb mix of humour and dark, twisty crime fiction with an added layer of contemplation regarding what makes books `literary´. The Icelandic setting is perfectly drawn … Not to be missed´ Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
`Shades of Fargo and Twin Peaks – and there’s no higher praise than that. Absolutely brilliant! ´ Rod Reynolds
`A truly original thriller that perfectly balances humour and suspense´ Vogue
`A hugely enjoyable read with thrills and laughs, as Hannah sticks her nose in where it’s not welcome´ Michael J. Malone
`So satisfying … a truly great read´ Lilja Sigurðardóttir
`A skilful, witty mash-up, playing with tropes of romantic fiction (yes, that popular genre writer turns up in the village and is not so bad after all) and crime fiction (closed community, dark secrets) … really entertaining´ Aly Monroe
`This reminded me somewhat of the more recent, meta efforts of the great Anthony Horowitz´ The Bookbag
`The most original thriller of the year: realistic, suspenseful and romantic to the very last page. And just when you think you've got the plot figured out, the plot twists again´ Politiken,
About the Author
Jenny Lund Madsen is one of Denmark’s most acclaimed scriptwriters (including the international hits Rita and Follow the Money) and is known as an advocate for better representation for sexual and ethnic minorities in Danish TV and film. She recently made her debut as a playwright with the critically acclaimed Audition (Aarhus Teater) and her debut literary thriller, Thirty Days of Darkness, first in an addictive new series, won the Harald Mogensen Prize for Best Danish Crime Novel of the year and was shortlisted for the coveted Glass Key Award.
"Hannah is as fascinating as the mystery she uncovers. . . . Set during a bleak Icelandic autumn, the compelling mystery novel Thirty Days of Darkness concerns family secrets and forbidden love." —Foreword Reviews starred review
"This is a real treat. Witty, dark, meta, ingenious and hugely compelling. LOVED the Icelandic setting and satirical observations. EXCELLENT." —Will Dean, author of Dark Pines & Wolf Pack.
"I loved it! Dark and atmospheric. I found it a bleak and beautiful evocation of Iceland, and Hannah is a pitch-perfect depiction of the bombastic neurosis that we writers know so very well, on top of which the mystery of the murder that pulled me in from the start." —Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange.
"Wit and originality make it a joy to read."—Crime Book of the Month
"A most entertaining debut ... a thoroughly enjoyable read, in the style of Murder She Wrote Goes All-Out Nordic and with the added spice of literary characters at sea in a word of crime." —Crime Time
"The suspense builds throughout the novel as Hannah discovers more hidden secrets, building to a reveal that is both unexpected and brilliant. So dark, so atmospheric, so funny and so very tense. This is the perfect balance of murder, mayhem and humour."—NFOP Magazine
"With a wonderful love to hate central character – Hannah is a prickly, judgmental alcoholic with poor impulse control – this is an original and thoroughly enjoyable treat."—The Guardian
"An engaging murder story that involves all the elements often associated with the genre (red herrings, plot twists, quirky characters), but also incorporates a meta-aspect as it is a narrative centered around the struggles of an author who is fighting to write a crime novel within a limited period of time."—Tap the Line Magazine
"Dark and atmospheric … a bleak and beautiful evocation of Iceland, and Hannah is a pitch-perfect depiction of the bombastic neurosis that we writers know so very well."—Harriet Tyce, Author of Blood Orange
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