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Operation Napoleon

by Arnaldur Indridason

Operation Napoleon
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2011
    336 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Prepare for sizzling action in a riveting stand alone thriller from Arnaldur Indridason, the award-winning author of the Inspector Erlunder series.  

Why is the US Army trying to secretively remove a plame from an Icelandic glacier, and why are they threatened by a young Icelandic rescue volunteer who manages to contact his sister Kristen before disappearing off the face of the earth? Kristin, who will not rest until she discovers the truth of her brother's fate, soon is in great danger herself, leading her on a long and hazardous journey in search of the key to the riddle about Operation Napoleon.  

Flashback to 1945, when a German bomber flies over Iceland in a blizzard. The crew have lost their way and crash on a glacier. Puzzlingly, there are both Germand and American officers on board. One of the senior German officers claims that their best chance of survival is to try to walk to the nearest farm and sets off, a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist, only to disappear into the white vastness.  

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"The author's fans will want to see what he is up to in a different subgenre, but here's hoping Indridason is working on a new Erlendur novel." - Booklist

"Fans of Indridason's detective stories may pick up this stand-alone thriller, but its greatest appeal will be to fans of international action, adventure, and intrigue." - Library Journal

"Gripping... As political thrillers go, Operation Napoleon - its frozen secrets, ruthless killers, hapless victims and reluctant heroes - is about the best you can get." - Telegraph-Journal

"Indridason, one of the new breed of bestselling Scandinavian crime writers, has written another gripping thriller set in his native Iceland." - The Peterborough Examiner

"Slick... and with enough chases to keep the reader turning the pages." - The Independent (UK)

"An international literary phenomenon - and it's easy to see why. His novels are gripping, authentic, haunting and lyrical." - Harlan Coben, author of Tell No One

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Arnaldur Indridason Author Biography

Arnaldur Indridason is an Icelandic writer of crime fiction; most of his books feature the protagonist Detective Erlendur. He worked for many years as a journalist and critic before he began writing novels. Outside Iceland, he is best known for his crime novels featuring Erlendur and Sigurdur Óli, which are consistent bestsellers across Europe.

Arnaldur received the Glass Key award, a literature prize for the best Nordic crime novel, in 2002 and 2003. He won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award in 2005 for his novel Silence of the Grave. He won the world's most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing worth €125,000, in 2013 for Shadow Alley (Skuggasund).

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