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Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow

by Peter Høeg

One snowy day in Copenhagen, six-year-old Isaiah falls to his death from a city rooftop.The police pronounce it an accident. But Isaiah’s neighbour, Smilla, an expert in the ways of snow and ice, suspects murder. She embarks on a dangerous quest to find the truth, following a path of clues as clear to her as footsteps in the snow.


“A subtle novel, yet direct, clever, wistful, unforgettable.’  Ruth Rendell, Daily Telegraph

“Unusual and enveloping. Extraordinarily evocative, atmospheric and poetic.”  Sunday Times

“On one level, both a whodunnit and a thriller – ingeniously plotted. Extremely hard to put down. Peter Hoeg’s novel is already making for classic status.”  Independent

“Read Hoeg’s delicious, icy-cool, Scandinavian detective story while sunbathing on a Caribbean beach. We guarantee it will make you shiver.” Independent on Sunday, Greatest Holiday Reads Ever

“An Arctic tale worthy of Conrad.”  New Statesman

“Splendid entertainment . . . the suspense novel as exploration of the heart.”   The New York Times Book Review

“A book of profound intelligence . . . In the league of Melville or Conrad. Hoeg writes prose that is as bitter, changeable and deep-fathomed as poetry. . . . Demands to be read aloud and savored.”   The New Yorker

“Like John le Carré and Graham Greene before him, Peter Høeg has given a thriller moral and political resonance.”   Los Angeles Times

“A considerable achievement, a riveting suspense tale.”   The Wall Street Journal

“A superbly constructed thriller…A combination of suspense narrative, Hemingwayeque prose, exotic setting and spellbinding central female.”  People

About Peter Høeg

Peter Høeg was born in 1957 and followed various callings - dancer, actor, fencer, sailor, mountaineer - before he turned seriously to writing. He published his first novel, The History Of Danish Dreams, in 1988, and was called 'the foremost writer of his generation' by Information magazine. His crime novel Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow received international acclaim and was an international bestseller.

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