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Thirty Days of Darkness by Jenny Lund Madsen
Thirty Days of Darkness is published by Orenda Books in hardback at £16.99.

Jenny Lund Madsen

Thirty Days of Darkness

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.

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, Hannah 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 Husafjoedur – 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 sharp… A lot of fun.” — Val McDermid.

“Witty, dark, meta, ingenious and hugely compelling. I loved the Icelandic setting and satirical observations. Excellent.” — Will Dean.

“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.

“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.

“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 Sigurdardottir.

“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.

“Such a clever, original twist on the Nordic Noir tradition – darkly humorous and utterly captivating.” — Eva Bjoerg AEgisdottir.

“A hugely enjoyable read with thrills and laughs, as Hannah sticks her nose in where it&rsqiuo;s not welcome.” — Michael J. Malone.

“So satisfying… a truly great read.” — Lilja Sigurdardottir.

“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.