Cold Comfort (Officer Gunnhilder Series #2)

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Sergeant Gunnhildur, recently promoted from her post in rural Iceland to Reykjavik's Serious Crime Unit, is tasked with hunting down escaped convict Long Ommi, who has embarked on a spree of violent score–settling in and around the city. Meanwhile, she's also investigating the murder of a fitness guru in her own city–center apartment. As Gunna delves into the cases, she unearths some unwelcome secrets and influential friends shared by both guru and convict. Set in an Iceland plagued by an ongoing financial ...
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Sergeant Gunnhildur, recently promoted from her post in rural Iceland to Reykjavik's Serious Crime Unit, is tasked with hunting down escaped convict Long Ommi, who has embarked on a spree of violent score–settling in and around the city. Meanwhile, she's also investigating the murder of a fitness guru in her own city–center apartment. As Gunna delves into the cases, she unearths some unwelcome secrets and influential friends shared by both guru and convict. Set in an Iceland plagued by an ongoing financial crisis, Gunna has to take stock of the whirlwind changes that have swept through the country—and the fact that at the highest levels of power, the system's endemic corruption still leads, inevitably, to murder.
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In British author Bates’s solid follow-up to 2010’s Frozen Assets, Gunnhildur “Gunna” Gísladóttir, now a sergeant with the Serious Crime Unit in Reykjavík, Iceland, looks into the murder of minor celebrity Svana Geirs, who hosted a TV fitness show and was intimately involved with various athletes and business figures. Meanwhile, Ómar Magnússon, a nasty piece of work doing a stretch in prison for murder, escapes and begins causing mayhem. A rare glimpse of modern-day Iceland with its small population, troubled economy, and global ties provides the backdrop for a tricky plot involving a strong cast of police characters led by the prickly Gunna. Bates, who lived 10 years in Iceland, has an unfortunate and distracting habit of abruptly changing scene, but he still manages to engage the reader as Gunna explores the prominent men who knew Svana and deals with Magnùsson’s carnage. (Jan.)
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"Required reading for anyone who wants a sense of how calamitious Iceland's meltdown was—and what just might be in store for American police procedurals next."—Kirkus Reviews

"Cold Comfort introduces some very interesting characters and develops the setting and stories of Gunna's environment in positive ways, leading me to look forward to the next Gunnhildur book with anticipation.” —International Noir Fiction

Praise for Frozen Assets:

“Excellent debut.... Bates does a fine job with both Gunna and her town, her acerbic boss and an online blogger who keeps us abreast of events in Icelandic media and politics.”—Toronto Globe and Mail

“[A] crackling fiction debut ... palpable authenticity.”—Publishers Weekly

In Gunna Gísladóttir, Quentin Bates has created a character who appeals both on professional and personal levels.”—Examiner.com

“The author has used the financial disarray of Iceland quite successfully in the plotting of this book. Money is power and power is so often the root of crime, and so it is in Cold Comfort…. Gunna is a tough as nails, take no hostages type cop. She throws herself into each investigation pushing the subject in the interview room until she gets what she wants." —Bestsellersworld.com, Mysteries Galore

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Svana Geirs, a TV fitness show host, is slain in her apartment. Her side profession as a well-paid call girl for a gentlemen's sex club suggests a possible motive. At about the same time, Ommi Magnusson, a local bruiser, escapes prison. At first glance, Reykjavík's Serious Crimes Unit, led by recently promoted Sergeant Gunnhildur ("Gunna"), doesn't think the two crimes are linked. But then Ommi's fresh handprints are found in Svana's apartment. Gunna learns that Ommi escaped prison to even the score for a crime he didn't commit a decade earlier, but he's not going to take the fall twice. If she can figure out Svana's client list, Gunna knows she will find the killer in both cases. VERDICT More so than the location, the strengths of this second series entry (after Frozen Assets) by a British author who lived in Iceland for ten years are Gunna's character and the methodically paced procedural. For fans of Nordic crime fiction.
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  • Posted March 5, 2012

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    Great Read!

    How could you not love a book that contains the line “Going out for a minute Helgi, if Johnny Depp shows up, just ask him to get undressed and wait for me would you?”

    The second installment in the Gunnhildur series “Cold Comfort,” is based in Iceland and finds our protagonist Officer Gunnhildur “Gunna” Gisladottir recently promoted to Reykjavik’s Serious Crime Unit. Along with her partner Helgi she is in charge of finding escaped convict Omar “Ommi” Magnusson. Seems Ommi is hell bent on seeking revenge on the people responsible for his stay in jail as well as being duped out of millions of kronur. Gunna is also investigating the murder of Svana Geirs, former model and television fitness star.

    The investigations become intertwined as Gunna and Helgi follow pieces of information that link the convict and the deceased. The leads begin to focus on a group of powerful public figures who are part of a “syndicate” who have been supporting Svana in the lavish lifestyle she leads and who have also been tied to a murder ten years prior.

    Bodies begin to surface as the investigations heat up and expose the details of the groups corrupt ways leaving marriages in ruins and careers destroyed until the guilty party is exposed.

    Quentin Bates masterfully works the plot replete with characters and scandals that would be found in business and government in any country. He keeps the reader entertained by humorous dialogue and guessing who the guilty party is, holding them captive until the final reveal. Definitely a must read for mystery and thriller fans alike.

    Reviewed by Jodi Ann Hanson for Suspense Magazine

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    Terrible! Chaotic, rambling, difficult to follow.

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