Cold Steal

25 February 2014

 It’s finally done. The edits are finished now that the eagle-eyed copyeditor has done her thing, the cover has been made up and it’s ready to go. Cold Steal is published on the 1st of April by C&R Crime, and this one is something of a new departure as it’s being released as an e-book only – unless there’s a vast surge of demand, in which case a paper version could be available as well.

There’s another book in the pipeline. In fact, there are several ideas being mulled over and explored, but it’s too early to say which (if any) of them might become another full-length book, but there’s a novella (Summerchill) being tentatively planned for later this year.

Anyway, here’s the Cold Steal blurb: Reykjavík has been plagued by an unusually skilled housebreaker who leaves no traces and is so discreet that his victims often don’t realise for weeks that their valuables have been spirited away.

But when a businessman is gunned down at his holiday retreat in killing that looks thoroughly professional, sergeant Gunnhildur Gísladóttir of the Reykjavík police’s serious crimes unit suddenly has more pressing things to think about than the burglar who has been making her colleagues’ lives a misery.

Her investigation into the dead man’s background reveals a network of underhand deals and people who had no reason to wish him well, plus some business partners with problems of their own that they’d prefer her not to delve into as one of them disappears with no explanation.
Then one night the housebreaker picks the lock of a smart new house and finds himself facing much more than he had bargained for, forced to use his skills to work for ruthless people who have effortlessly raised the stakes far higher than he can imagine. Gunnhildur and her team try to unravel the network of lies and violence that finally bring together the dead man’s killer, the hapless housebreaker and the vanished man’s scheming wife.

Apart from the new book news, I’ll be at CrimeFest in May, appearing on one panel with Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Ragnar Jónasson and Michael Ridpath in an all-Icelandic session with Barry Forshaw wielding the whip and chair to keep order, plus moderating my first panel at CrimeFest the following day. You can gues which one I’m more nervous about.

Also in May I’ll be appearing with Yrsa and Ragnar in the north at a crime fiction event organised by the lovely Dr Jacky Collins of the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.
That’s about it for this year’s social calendar, apart from Iceland Noir in November.

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