Raven Black

Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

Shetland Island Mysteries (Volume 1 of 6)

Ann Cleeves

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Winner of Britain’s coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Ann Cleeves introduces a dazzling new suspense series to U.S. mystery readers.

Raven Black begins on New Year’s Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home waiting for visitors who never come. But the next morning the body of a murdered teenage girl is discovered nearby, and suspicion falls on Magnus. Inspector Jimmy Perez enters an investigative maze that leads deeper into the past of the Shetland Islands than anyone wants to go.

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Chapter One

Twenty past one in the morning on New Year’s Day.  Magnus knew the time because of the fat clock, his mother’s clock, which squatted on the shelf over the fire.  In the corner the raven in the wicker cage muttered and croaked in its sleep.  Magnus waited.  The room was prepared for visitors, the fire banked with peat and on the table a bottle of whisky and the ginger cake he’d bought in Safeway’s the last time he was in Lerwick.  He could feel himself dozing but he didn’t want to go to bed in case someone should call at

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Praise for Raven Black

 “A riveting read.”
---Val McDermid

“Chilling...enough to freeze the blood.”
---Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Cleeves’s taut, atmospheric thriller will keep readers guessing until the last page.... Chilling.”
---Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Deserves the top crime writer’s prize in the United States this year. Don’t miss this standout.”
---Rocky Mountain News


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Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves lives in Yorkshire, England.

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Photo: Duncan Lawrie
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Raven Black
Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet
Ann Cleeves

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2008
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ISBN: 9781429964371
ISBN10: 1429964375
384 pages
$9.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312359676
ISBN10: 0312359675
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$15.99
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