The Dancer

Óskar Guðmundsson

Translated by Quentin Bates

Corylus Books



ISBN: 9781739298951


Publication date: 5 January 2024

Rights: UK & Ireland



Tony is a young man who has always been on the losing side in life. He was brought up by his troubled, alcoholic mother who had a past of her own as a talented ballerina, until a life-changing accident brought her dreams to a sudden end. As her own ambitions for fame and success were crushed, she used cruel and brutal methods to project them onto her young son – with devastating consequences. There’s no doubt that a body found on Reykjavik’s OEskjuhlid hillside has been there for a long time. The case is handed to veteran detective Valdimar, supported by Ylfa, who is taking her tentative first steps as a police officer with the city’s CID while coping with her own family difficulties. It’s not long before it’s clear a vicious killer is on the loose – and very little about the case is what it appears to be at first glance.

Óskar Guðmundsson

One of the rising stars of Icelandic crime fiction, Óskar Guðmundsson has been writing since he was a youngster, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that his novel Hilma was published – and was an immediate success, winning the Drop of Blood award for the best Icelandic crime
novel of 2015. TV rights to Hilma have been acquired by SagaFilms. The Commandments is a standalone novel which appeared in Iceland in 2019 and was the first to be translated into English. His latest book is The Dancer, which has been published simultaneously as an ebook, audiobook and paperback – accompanied by an original song in which Óskar’s words have been put to music featuring some of Iceland’s leading musicians.