Denmark’s foremost literary author turns crime fiction on its head.
Bess and Halland live in a small town, where everyone knows everyone else. When Halland is found murdered in the main square the police encounter only riddles. For Bess bereavement marks the start of a journey that leads her to a reassessment of first friends, then family.
Why Peirene chose to publish this book:
“If you like crime you won’t be disappointed. The book has all the right ingredients. A murder, a gun, an inspector, suspense. But the story strays far beyond the whodunit norm. In beautifully stark language Pia Juul manages to chart the phases of bereavement. PS Don't skip the quotes.“ Meike Ziervogel
Translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken.
Series of The Small Epic
189pp, paperback with flaps, £10.00
Published June 2012