Cold Fear

Cold Fear


by Mads Peder Nordbo (translated by Charlotte Barslund)

28 NOVEMBER 2019

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Pub Date: 28 November, 2019
Extent: 400pp
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781911231301
RightsWorld English: Text Publishing

The standalone sequel to the critically acclaimed thriller The Girl Without Skin.

When journalist Matthew Cave’s half-sister disappears, leaving behind a trail of blood in an abandoned hut, he realises that they are both pawns in a game of life and death. As a young US soldier stationed in Greenland, their father took part in a secret experiment with deadly consequences. Accused of double homicide, Tom Cave fled. Now his case is reopened, and the demons of the past are unleashed. Is the father Matt’s been searching for his entire life a cold-blooded murderer? And can Matt track him down before the US military does?

Tupaarnaq Siegstad, a young Inuit woman, returns to Nuuk to help her only friend save his sister’s life – and settle a few scores of her own. But as the pressure mounts, Matt starts to wonder: is Tupaarnaq really who he thinks she is?


‘A grippingly atmospheric yarn… As danger mounts, the landscape, weather and people of the former Danish colony are piercingly observed. Chilling.’ Sunday Times Crime Club on The Girl Without Skin

‘A complex atmospheric and menacing read…the story is enmeshed in the culture and politics of Greenland and the relationship with Denmark…it’s a nail biting murder mystery, the action takes over and the story hurtles to a riveting denouement, but it’s also an insight into a part of the world that we don’t normally get to see.’ NB Magazine on The Girl Without Skin

Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction will find this a thoroughly atmospheric, melancholy and ultra-graphic thriller that casts a socially critical eye – attributes that are all the calling cards of Nordic noir.…Greenland provides a new and interesting setting, with some of the native culture woven into the story.” Crime Fiction Lover on The Girl Without Skin

’Offer[s] intriguing glimpses of Greenland, its relentless summer light and oppressive winter darkness. While the mystery is dramatically resolved, readers will want to learn what's next. . . Fans of Nordic crime fiction have a new author to follow.’ Kirkus on The Girl Without Skin

‘A very satisfying thriller. Packed to the brim with grisly murders, corrupt officials, and sinister secrets, all set against the bleak, yet oddly beautiful, Greenlandic landscape, the bar has certainly been set quite high for the series to come.’ AU Review on The Girl Without Skin

‘Mads Peder Nordbo brings a sense of wonder to the frozen wastes of Greenland…we are totally hooked.’ Australian Women’s Weekly on The Girl Without Skin

‘This intricate crime novel mixes a grisly plot with interesting insights into Greenland’s history and culture.’ Canberra Weekly on The Girl Without Skin

‘While there are similarities to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, Nordbo’s writing is far more poetic. Though dazzled by the icecap’s beauty, he’s not blinded to the darkness of man.’ SA Weekend on The Girl Without Skin