Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Horst & Enger on The Times’ list of 2023’s best crime novels

Oct 13, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This news excerpt is a republication- Source: Salomonsson Agency.

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s critically acclaimed novel The Prey has been named one of the best crime books of 2023 alongside Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Stigma, the internationally bestselling fourth Blix & Ramm novel.

"STIGMA"- Synopsis

Alexander Blix is a broken man. Having been convicted for avenging his daughter’s death, he is held in one of Norway’s high security prisons. Inside, the other prisoners take every opportunity to challenge and humiliate the former police investigator. Sometimes it gets rough.

On the outside, Blix’s former colleagues have begun the hunt for a feared killer. Walter Kroos has escaped from prison in Germany and has crossed borders on his way northwards. The only connection the police have established between Kroos and Norway is a fellow inmate in Blix’s prison ward. Now they seek inside help from the policeman.

Journalist Emma Ramm is one of the few people featured on Blix’s visitor list. She becomes his ally when Blix has to connect the ties between the past and the present – and between the world inside and outside of the prison walls. The tracks lead to Osen, a woodlands community 150 kilometers north of Oslo, where several of the inhabitants carry deadly secrets and deep scars.

"THE PREY"- Synopsis

A search and rescue team is sent into the remote and isolated Icelandic highlands to search for a group of missing people. What compelled them to enter the area in the middle of the harsh winter, into darkness and snowstorms? And why did they leave what little shelter they had, underdressed and vulnerable to the harsh conditions?

Meanwhile at the isolated radar station in Stokksnes, strange events take place. Here nothing is what it seems. Be it the pool of blood discovered in the pristine snow far from civilization, a small children’s shoe unearthed after being buried for decades or the gaping black hole in the bedrock by the sea that seems to attract people…

The Prey is a blood-curling and unnerving novel, guaranteed to make you shiver. In this stunning stand-alone thriller, Yrsa Sigurdardottir proves once again that “she is a generator of fear quite as adroit as such writers as Stephen King” (The Independent).

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