Forty Days Without Shadow by Olivier Truc

Posted: December 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

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The international award-winning, bestselling phenomenon, now available in English for the first time.

Tomorrow, the sun will rise for the first time in 40 days. Thirty minutes of daylight will herald the end of the polar night in Kautokeino, a small village in northern Norway, home to the indigenous Sami people.

But in the last hours of darkness, a precious artifact is stolen: an ancient Sami drum. The most important piece in the museum’s collection, it was due to go on tour with a UN exhibition in a few short weeks.

Hours later, a man is murdered. Mattis, one of the last Sami reindeer herders, is found dead in his gumpy.

Are the two crimes connected? In a town fraught with tension–between the indigenous Samis fighting to keep their culture alive, the ultra-Lutheran Scandinavian colonists concerned with propagati-ng their own religion, and the greedy geologists eager to mine the region’s ore deposits–it falls to two local police officers to solve the crimes. Klemet Nango, an experienced Sami officer, and Nina Nansen, his much younger partner from the south of Norway, must find the perpetrators before it’s too late…

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Olivier Truc was born in France in 1964. He has worked as a journalist since 1986, and has been based in Stockholm since 1994, where he is currently the Nordic and Baltic correspondent for Le Monde and Le Point. As a reporter, Olivier Truc covers subjects from politics and economics to social issues like immigration and minorities. He has also produced TV documentaries, including one that portrays a group of Norwegian policemen in Lapland (“The Reindeer Police,” 2008). He has previously published two non-fiction books. Forty Days Without Shadowis his first novel, and was published in the original French by Éditions Métailié in September 2012.

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Review: When I started to read Forty Days Without Shadow, I wasn’t entirely sure how much I was going to enjoy the Artic thriller, but I was absolutely blown away! Olivier Truc clearly has knowledge of the Arctic because the way he described it made me feel like I was actually there. The story line became more gripping, the deeper and more involved it became and before long I couldn’t put it down – I was absolutely desperate to find out what happened! Now that I’ve finished it, I already want to read it again!

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