Blue Lightning

A Thriller

Shetland Island Mysteries (Volume 4 of 6)

Ann Cleeves

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Inspector Jimmy Perez takes his fiancé home to Fair Isle, the tiny island he comes from, to meet his parents. The island is a magnet for bird watchers, who congregate at the local inn and lighthouse. When a local married celebrity, who had an eye for the lads, is murdered, Perez discovers that the suspects are very close to him indeed. With a sensational ending destined to create much buzz in the mystery world, Blue Lightning will thrill suspense fans everywhere. This series is the basis for the hit BBC show Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, which attracted over 12 million viewers in its first two nights on the air.

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Blue Lightning Chapter One

Fran sat with her eyes closed. The small plane dropped suddenly, seemed to fall from the sky, then levelled for a moment before tilting like a fairground ride. She opened her eyes to see a grey cliff ahead of them. It was close enough for her to make out the white streaks of bird muck and last season’s nests. Below, the sea was boiling. Spindrift and white froth caught by the gale-force winds spun over the surface of the water.

Why doesn’t the pilot do something? Why is Jimmy just sitting there, waiting for us all to die?

She imagined the

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"Blue Lightning is nothing short of riveting."

--Louise Penny

“Stunning… Sure to enshrine the entire series in the ranks of the unforgettable.”

--The Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Delivers a unique atmosphere and a shocking ending that is sure to please.”

--Booklist

"Chilling...enough to freeze the blood."

--The New York Times on Raven Black

“Riveting.”

--Val McDermid on Raven Black

“Cunning… Pulls the wool over our eyes in true Christie fashion.”

--Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse mysteries, on White Nights


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About the Author

Ann Cleeves

ANN CLEEVES is reader-in-residence for the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, and was twice shortlisted for the Dagger Award before winning the first Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for Raven Black. Blue Lightning is her fourth thriller set in the Shetland Islands. She lives in Yorkshire, England.

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Blue Lightning
A Thriller
Ann Cleeves

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
September 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429945134
ISBN10: 1429945133
368 pages
$9.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
October 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312384449
ISBN10: 0312384440
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$15.99
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