Mads Peder Nordbo’s The Girl Without Skin is both compelling crime fiction and a marvellous evocation of the stark beauty of Greenland. The dusty aridity of the Australian bush in Chris Hammer’s Scrublands could not be further removed from Nordbo’s icy setting but it too is pivotal to the story. Isolation, ratcheting tension and charismatic journalists investigating old crimes are common to both these compulsively readable murder mysteries.
Chris Hammer’s first novel Scrublands was published to critical acclaim and became a No. 1 bestseller. He was previously a journalist for more than 30 years, covering Australian politics and international affairs.
Mads Peder Nordbo is a Danish author of five novels, now based in Greenland. His two latest books have been published in eighteen languages; The Girl Without Skin is the first to be published in English.
Victoria Purman is a bestselling Australian author whose most recent novel, The Last of the Bonegilla Girls, was published in 2018.