The Girl Without Skin

The Girl Without Skin


by Mads Peder Nordbo (translated by Charlotte Barslund)
30 JANUARY 2020

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Pub Date: 30 JANUARY 2020
Extent: 352pp
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781922268198
RightsWorld English: Text Publishing
TPB available: ISBN: 9781925603835, £10.99

They were near the edge of the glacier. The sea beneath the helicopter was dense with pack ice. In front of them, the endless whiteness stretched as far as the light could reach. It hurt his eyes. Millions of white crystals. Except in one place. One spot. Right where the mummified Norseman had been found and Aqqalu had kept watch. There, the ice was glossy red.

When a mummified Viking corpse is discovered in a crevasse out on the edge of an ice sheet, journalist Matthew Cave is sent to cover the story. The next day the mummy is gone, and the body of the policeman who was keeping watch is found naked and flayed—exactly like the victims in a gruesome series of murders that terrified the remote town of Nuuk in the 1970s.

As Matt investigates, he is shocked by the deprivation and brutal violence the locals take for granted. Unable to trust the police, he begins to suspect a cover-up. It’s only when he meets a young Inuit woman, Tupaarnaq, convicted of killing her parents and two small sisters, that Matt starts to realise how deep this story goes—and how much danger he is in.


‘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

‘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

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

’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

The Girl Without Skin has everything the heart of a true crime novel could desire. Murder, eeriness, shivers, superstition, terrible secrets – but at the same time you can feel the author's affection for Greenland.’ Krimifan

The Girl Without Skin has is large parts a classical crime combined with a thriller’s intensity—but just as much social criticism.’ VG Norway

‘This intricate crime novel is incredibly thrilling, and offers some genuine surprises.’ Finals Krimiside

‘The plot is gruesome, believable and incredibly tense.’ Bogfidusen

‘Mads Peder Nordbo has written a macabre but engrossing Arctic crime novel about incest and corruption.’ Jyllands-Posten

‘Lucky Nordbo has given his main character a troubled past, which makes it plausible that he would fling himself fearlessly into investigating the older killings that breath new life—and death—into a corrupt political present.’ Børsen

‘Mads Peder Nordbo writes with great insight into the environment of Greenland, in which the nearly unbearable events play out.’ Jysk Fynske Medier


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