Book Review: Mads Peder Nordbo’s The Girl Without Skin marks the start of an impressive new crime series

When what appears to be the corpse of a mummified Viking is found, journalist Matthew Cave is first on the scene. But by the next day, the body is gone, and in its place lies the flayed corpse of the policeman left to keep watch. Silenced by the local constabulary as they investigate the crime, Matt explores his newspaper’s archives, uncovering an eerily similar series of unsolved murders from the 1970’s. Convinced of a connection, he and a young woman named Tupaarnaq start to investigate. But the inhabitants of the small town of Nuuk have much to hide, and some will go to any lengths to make sure their secrets remain buried beneath the ice.

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