White Nights (Shetland Island Quartet #2)

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The electrifying follow-up to the Dagger Award–winning Raven Black

In this second thriller of the highly acclaimed Shetland Island series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, the launch of an exhibition at The Herring House art gallery is disturbed by a stranger who bursts into tears, then claims not to remember who he is or where he comes from. The next day he’s found dead. Set in midsummer, the book captures the unsettling nature of a landscape where the sun never quite sets and ...

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Overview

The electrifying follow-up to the Dagger Award–winning Raven Black

In this second thriller of the highly acclaimed Shetland Island series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, the launch of an exhibition at The Herring House art gallery is disturbed by a stranger who bursts into tears, then claims not to remember who he is or where he comes from. The next day he’s found dead. Set in midsummer, the book captures the unsettling nature of a landscape where the sun never quite sets and where people are not as they first seem.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Gripping from start to finish.”

- Booklist

“Intricate and engrossing . . . offers readers the pleasures of the traditional locked room/isolated island mystery.”

- The Washington Post Book World

“A most satisfying mystery. Jimmy Perez is a fine creation.”

- Peter Robinson, author of Friend of the Devil

Maureen Corrigan
White Nights is intricate and engrossing, offering readers the pleasures of the traditional locked room/isolated island mystery.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

In Dagger-winner Cleeves's uneven second installment in her Shetland Island quartet (after Raven Black), Insp. Jimmy Perez sees a stranger sobbing in front of a painting at an art exhibit featuring the work of Perez's new girlfriend, Fran Hunter, and mythic local painter Bella Sinclair. Claiming to be suffering from amnesia, the unknown man disappears before Perez can question him further, but turns up dead that same night, hanged in a fishing shed. In his investigation, Perez focuses on Bella, whose talent is matched by her penchant for drama and extravagant parties. When another body turns up, Perez must sift through generations of closely guarded island secrets to find the truth. Despite characters as vivid as those in Raven Black, Cleeves struggles to sustain a suspenseful plot, which slows to a crawl in the middle and packs too much action at the end. Still, this slight misstep shouldn't deter fans of the introspective Perez from looking forward to Cleeves's next thriller. (Sept.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Village murders unveil lives far from simple in this second installment in a quartette of Shetland thrillers by Cleeves (Raven Black, 2007, etc.). Summer does not becalm the Shetland island villagers of Lerwick and Biddista. White nights, when darkness at this high northern latitude becomes a brief, passing shadow, roil sleep, leaving folks restless and edgy. Cleeves finds them tossing and turning, contemplating love lost and, perhaps someday, love regained. Tensions rise at an exhibit of local art at the Herring House, a gallery owned by wealthy, flamboyant and intimidating Bella Sinclair. Looking at some of the paintings, a distraught stranger falls to his knees weeping. Speaking to island inspector Jimmy Perez, the man claims not to know his name or his reason for coming to the island. The next morning, a villager finds the visitor in a shed, hanged, a clown mask on his face. Perez suspects, and a doctor confirms, the man did not commit suicide but was murdered. Perez brings onto the case Roy Taylor, a senior investigator from Inverness. But Perez constantly upstages Taylor, tracking apparent leads with his native's instinct for village life. Did the murder have anything to do with the unsolved disappearance of a man's brother? Was the motive bitterness over an affair? Or anger over a harsh critique of a painting? Likely as these motives seem, they fail to link the murdered outsider to the tangled histories of four local families. Perez is further confounded when someone discovers at the shoreline the lifeless body of Roddy Sinclair, his head smashed against a boulder. Was Roddy, Bella's manipulative nephew and a fiddler with a rock star's fame, part of the imbroglio confronting Perez?The detective's answer cuts deep. Cleeves's keen sense of the seasonal rhythms of Shetland life and her vivid descriptions of its terrain satisfy like a peaty Highland dram, sipped slowly. Agent: Sara Menguc Literary Agent
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312384425
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Series: Shetland Island Quartet , #2
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 104,406
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Cleeves is reader-in-residence for the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, and was twice shortlisted for the CWA Dagger Award before winning the first Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for Raven Black. She lives in Yorkshire, England.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Good second installment

    This book follows Inspector Perez as he and his cohorts work to solve a mysterious appearance and subsequent murder of a stranger in town. However, they end up have a second murder and then the surfacing of human bones that may or may not have been a former resident in the area. This and the first book, Raven Black, both flow well and are quick reads.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

    Good book.

    I enjoyed reading both of Ann Cleeves books. While they are not action books and are not particularly suspenseful, the characters are likeable and real, the setting is very different and Cleeves does a great job of imprinting the setting into the characters. The conclusion is plausible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Darkwhisker

    May i join- black she cat with green eyes

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    Posted January 17, 2013

    Cloudfoot

    Can i join. I saw a post that u needed a deputy. Can i be it. That is if u dont hve one already

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    Posted January 13, 2013

    Lifegem

    (No.) She hissed and grabbed the kit and waked back to her clan.

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    Posted January 16, 2013

    Tigertail

    Where did the clan go?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Violetkit? Are you there?

    Read my other post love diamondkit

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    Posted January 12, 2013

    Fetherkit

    She raced in panting. "Has anyone seen Glacierpaw?!" ~Featherkit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    ¿¿¿???'s prophecy

    Streak of Golden ore... will find his pathway in the stars. The Onyx jewel will guide his paws. A great Clan rises... the Star in the Cloud has done wonderful. This Clan will last for many moons. Star in the Cloud your Clanmates have all served you faithfully. Lead your Clan with justice, wisdom and truth, as you always have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Mysticstar

    The leader of MysticClan pads in. "I wish for an allilance my dear." She sits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Eyes

    Peer out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    May I join......

    I am a beautiful she cat warrior named Blazecloud. I am orange with green eyes and a striped tail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    :)

    Umm... im darkwhisker and would like to join this clan. (8:16 central)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Thrushfang

    To anyone who would like to talk to me (hopefully Thrushfang's mate) please go to Marlfox result one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Lightfoot

    Cool. *continues eating her shrew.* (2:26 pm Central Time)

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    Posted January 3, 2013

    Alchemypaw

    Thanks!)))) Wanders around

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Fireblade

    ((I found a possible new camp at "white cloud" all results (there are 63)))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Braveheart

    Sorry I was gone!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Cloudstra

    The new camp is at "White Clouds" first result! See you there!

    ~€loudstar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    You must check it out!

    Just as enjoyable a the first in this series. Love the seting. Can hardly wait to read the next one

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