Welcome to Graskeggur

23 November 2009

Quentin Bates is a writer and journalist who has recently made the move into fiction with the first of a series of crime novels set in present-day Iceland.

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31 March 2015

 It was a chance remark I heard on the radio. A well-known book critic was jokily taking about Nordic crime fiction and made the comment that all Scandi crime fiction seems to take place in the depths of an Arctic winter. {Read more about Summerchill}

Deal Noir

10 January 2015

 If you happen to be in the south-east (of England, that is, not the south-east of Iceland) in March, then check out Deal Noir, a small but beautifully crafted one-day crime fiction event taking place on the 28th of March in the coastal town of Deal, overlooking the Goodwin Sands. {Read more about Deal Noir}

Happy New Year, everyone

31 December 2014

 For the last couple of years I’ve been busy elsewhere, busily blogging at the Reality Check along with Christopher G Moore, Jarad Henry, Susan Moody, Barbara Nadel and other good people. Sadly, but understandably, Christopher has decided to call time on the Reality Check, and although it’ll stay there as an archive, it won’t be continuing. {Read more about Happy New Year, everyone}
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What others are saying

'Superior crime fiction set in Iceland... this is a well constructed, well written and satisfying police procedural.'Marcel Berlins, The Times.

‘[A] crackling fiction debut ... palpable authenticity.’Publishers Weekly

‘A great read – leaves you craving the next installment.’Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

‘A meticulously constructed thriller, peopled with exceptionally convincing characters and shot through with black humour... as chilling as an Icelandic winter.’S.J. Bolton

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