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The blood strand, Chris Ould

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The blood strand
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The blood strand
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Chris Ould
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eng
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Having left the Faroes as a child, Jan Reyna is now a British police detective and the islands are foreign to him. But he is drawn back when his estranged father is found unconscious with a shotgun by his side and someone else's blood at the scene. Then a man's body is washed up on an isolated beach. Is Reyna's father responsible? Looking for answers, Reyna falls in with local detective Hjalti Hentze. But as the stakes get higher and Reyna learns more about his family and the truth behind his mother's flight from the Faroes, he must decide whether to stay, or to forsake the strange, windswept islands for good
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  • /* Starred Review */ British homicide detective Jan Reyna has distanced himself from his mysterious childhood in the Faroe Islands, and from the family that remains there. But when he learns that his estranged father has suffered a massive stroke, Jan returns to the Faroes to achieve some sort of closure with his father and to finally learn why his mother took him from the islands. When he arrives, however, Jan finds his father at the center of a rare island mystery. Powerful businessman Signar Ravnsfjall was found near death in his car, covered in someone else’s blood with a loaded shotgun easily reachable. Local detective Hjalti Hentze must determine whose blood is in Signar’s car, and why he brought a loaded gun to a remote turnout. Hjalti turns to Jan for his investigative expertise, and Jan agrees to help, determined to get to the bottom of his family’s secrets. This one is a winner for fans of both Scandinavian and British procedurals: the exotic, little-known Faroese location lends a Scandinavian feel without the forbidding atmosphere, and Ould brilliantly plunges intuitive, straightforward detectives Jan and Hjalti into a complicated tangle of secret motivations that fans of Henning Mankell and Elizabeth George will appreciate. -- Tran, Christine (Reviewed 01-01-2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 9, p37)
  • When he was three years old, Jan Reyna and his mother escaping a failing marriage fled the remote Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic. Jan, now a British police officer, returns for the first time to the Danish-controlled territory, having discovered that his estranged father suffered a stroke shortly before being found in his car with considerable cash, a shotgun, and another person's blood. Soon after Jan's arrival, a body washes ashore. All evidence points to his father's culpability. Det. Hjalti Hentze, who refuses to accept simple answers, invites Jan to help with the case. As Jan works with the local police, the question becomes: Can, or should, he go home again? A living presence throughout the story is the brooding magnificence of the Faroe Islands, marked by challenging terrain and weather and a close-knit community. Credible dialog, believable characters, and a thoughtful plot will keep readers engrossed. VERDICT UK screenwriter and novelist Ould weaves family loyalties, human nature, and old secrets into a compelling and tightly crafted work. For fans of Ann Cleeves's mysteries set in the Shetland Islands, this excellent atmospheric series launch is a natural complement. [See author profile: ow.ly/Wr5ad.—Ed.]— Penelope J.M. Klein, Onondaga Community Coll. Lib., Syracuse, NY --Penelope J.M. Klein (Reviewed February 1, 2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 2, p60)
  • Returning to the Faroe Islands of his birth, a British police detective seeks to unravel his complicated family history and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. DI Jan Reyna left the Faroes, a cluster of Danish islands halfway between Norway and Iceland, at age 3 with his mother, who committed suicide soon after. Raised by his aunt and uncle in England, Reyna has returned to his homeland only once until now, when his father, wealthy fishing magnate Signar Ravnsfjall, is gravely injured under strange circumstances. When Reyna arrives, he receives a chilly welcome from his half brother Magnus but is greeted warmly by his cousin Fríða and his other half brother, Kristian. The police, led by detective Hjalti Hentze, want to know why Ravnsfjall was found unconscious in a bloodstained car with a shotgun and a briefcase full of money. Soon, the body of a local man, Tummas Gramm, is found on the beach with a shotgun wound, and once Hentze decides that his chilly British counterpart is actually interested in solving the crime rather than just protecting his estranged family, the two join forces. Reyna, who spends as much time lurking and sulking around his picturesque if unfamiliar birthplace as he does lending the locals his police know-how, discovers that his successful father may be at the center of a blackmail plot that perhaps connects to a decades-old incident or something much fresher, but equally rotten, concerning another family member. In this first of a planned trilogy, Ould introduces a complicated if perhaps excessively prickly hero whose faults are mostly redeemed by the locked-room allure of the locale.(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2015)
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Ould, Chris
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no index present
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novels
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A Faroes novel
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[1]
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  • Police
  • Murder
  • Family secrets
  • Homecoming
  • Faroe Islands
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adult
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The blood strand, Chris Ould
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000057200904
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20 cm.
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First edition.
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441 pages
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regular print reproduction
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9781783297047
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(OCoLC)936764920
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The blood strand, Chris Ould
Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • cartographic image
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  • txt
  • cri
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000057200904
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
441 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781783297047
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
1 map
System control number
(OCoLC)936764920

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