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Winner of Britain’s coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Ann Cleeves introduces a dazzling new suspense series to American 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Chilling…enough to freeze the blood.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Beautifully constructed…Brings alive the tensions in a place where everyone knows everyone else and nothing can be forgotten. Raven Black is lively and surprising.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “A fine and sinister psychological novel in the Barbara Vine style. Cleeves is part of a new generation of superior British writers.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Ann’s characterization is worthy of the best writers in the field…Rarely has the sense of place been so evocatively conveyed in a crime novel.”

    Daily Express (London)

  • “Don’t miss this standout.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Cleeves’s taut, atmospheric thriller, the first in a new series, will keep readers guessing until the last page…When the shocking identity of the murderer is revealed, readers will be as chilled as the harsh winds that batter the isolated islands.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Cleeves offers up a dark, brutal, suspenseful page-turner that will keep even seasoned mystery buffs guessing right up to the end.”

    Booklist

  • A teenaged girl—a relative newcomer and outsider in a Shetland village—is found dead, with the village pariah the presumptive murderer. But he’s most certainly not the only suspicious character narrator Gordon Griffin tackles. This village is teeming with half-told histories and implied proclivities—almost too many. Griffin does justice to the full array: suspects, mourners, potential next victims, and some unnecessary bit players. If the plot plods a bit as it wades through them all, it’s not Griffin’s fault. His portrait of the elderly Magnus, vulnerable yet disturbing, keeps the story engaging. The moments when Magnus interacts with Inspector Jimmy Perez, a man preoccupied by his sense of personal failure, are the most absorbing.

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  • “A teenaged girl—a relative newcomer and outsider in a Shetland village—is found dead, with the village pariah the presumptive murderer. But he’s most certainly not the only suspicious character narrator Gordon Griffin tackles. This village is teeming with half-told histories and implied proclivities…Griffin does justice to the full array… The moments when Magnus interacts with Inspector Jimmy Perez, a man preoccupied by his sense of personal failure, are the most absorbing.”

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  • Winner of the 2006 CWA Gold Dagger
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