White Nights

White Nights

A Thriller

Book - 2008
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An exhibition at The Herring House art gallery is disturbed by a distraught stranger who claims to be an amnesiac unaware of his true identity, a situation complicated for Inspector Perez when the man turns up murdered the next day, in the follow-up to the award-winning Raven Black. 25,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

The electrifying follow up to the award-winning Raven Black

Raven Black received crime fiction’s highest monetary honor, the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award. Now Detective Jimmy Perez is back in an electrifying sequel.

It’s midsummer in the Shetland Islands, the time of the white nights, when birds sing at midnight and the sun never sets. Artist Bella Sinclair throws an elaborate party to launch an exhibition of her work at The Herring House, a gallery on the beach.

The party ends in farce when one the guests, a mysterious Englishman, bursts into tears and claims not to know who he is or where he’s come from. The following day the Englishman is found hanging from a rafter, and Detective Jimmy Perez is convinced that the man has been murdered. He is reinforced in this belief when Roddy, Bella’s musician nephew, is murdered, too.

But the detective’s relationship with Fran Hunter may have clouded his judgment, for this is a crazy time of the year when night blurs into day and nothing is quite as it seems.

A stunning second installment in the acclaimed Shetland Island Quartet, White Nights is sure to garner American raves for international sensation Ann Cleeves. 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.

Blackwell North Amer
When Shetland detective Jimmy Perez finds a body in a hut used by fishermen it seems to be a straightforward case of suicide. He recognizes the victim - a stranger with amnesia who had disrupted a local party the night before his death.
But this is no desperate act of anguish, but the work of a cold and calculating killer. As Perez investigates he finds himself mired in the hidden secrets of the small Biddista community. Then another body is found.
Perez knows he must break the cycle before another death occurs. But this is a crazy time of year when night blurs into day and nothing is quite as it seems...

& Taylor

An exhibition at The Herring House art gallery is disturbed by a distraught stranger who claims to be an amnesiac unaware of his true identity, a situation complicated for Inspector Perez when the man turns up murdered the next day.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312384333
Branch Call Number: Mystery Cle
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 22 cm


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Apr 15, 2017

Evocative setting. The past, no matter how well hidden, Will eventually catch up.

Jun 25, 2015

You'd not want to read this one without reading the first in the series. The Shetlands make an interesting setting.

Dec 13, 2014

The second installment in this entertaining mystery series set in the Shetland Islands. The exotic locale, with its quirky customs and dialect, is a bonus; but aside from that, the writing is solid and compelling.

Dec 30, 2013

unbelieveable murderer and unsatisfying storyline

Jul 09, 2013

During the "simmer dim" when the sun never goes down in Shetland, Jimmy Perez investigates the deaths of two people in the far north of the island. One is an unknown man and the other the most famous Shetlander in the world. I loved this book. I liked it better than the first one (Raven Black) as the main character was a bit more developed and it just had a different feel. Maybe the simmer dim affected me too as Raven Black took place in the winter.

Oct 30, 2012

Another atmospheric, richly layered murder mystery in this series. It's almost Faulkner-like by telling a story set in the present that is profoundly influenced by the past. These mysteries are not gory or sensational. Instead, they are character driven & full of secrets to keep you guessing who the murder could be till the end. As a side note, to whoever is also reading these and feels the need to pencil in "corrections" in grammar & word usage, perhaps you could write your own manuscript & edit to your little heart's content. Some of us would prefer to read the book as the real author intended it to be read.

Jun 26, 2012

A little of a 'cozy' mystery: the protagonist is shy and sweet, there's a good woman who could use a good man in her life, and every victim is murdered without blood-shed or gore. Also, the motive is a result of who loved who and who broke who's heart.
That said, it's modern enough to move along at a goodly pace. I liked this book, as well as the previous in this series.

TheDirector14 May 16, 2012

Even though I prefer her Vera Stanhope mysteries, I do appreciate, in her Jimmy Perez books, her ability to make us see what she, Jimmy & others, sees with her detailed descriptions of the land and it's people. The Scottish Island is vividly displayed as are the full, fleshed out characters Jimmy encounters. A highly recommended mystery!!

Feb 02, 2012

As the second book of Anne Cleeves Shetland Quartet opens, it is midsummer, the time of [White Nights], where the sun never sets and nights become a time of murky twilight. These books are full of wonderfully real, slightly flawed characters who often have secrets. Living in such close quarters on these small islands, one learns look the other way in an effort to protect everyone’s privacy.

When the body of an off-islander is found hanging in a fishing shack, the locals don’t seem too concerned. Learning that this man didn’t commit suicide but was murdered, gave everyone a pause, but when the violence escalates and one of their own turns up dead, it is a time for secrets long kept, to come to the surface. Once again Jimmy Perez, as the local lawman, is the one to delve into the past and put the pieces together.

Cleverly plotted, with strong characterizations, Anne Cleeves continues to produce an outstanding series. Set in the beautiful, but desolate Shetland Islands, this author knows how to make the most of both the seasonal changes and the landscape to deliver a atmospheric and interesting mystery.

akarenina Jan 31, 2012

Not as good as the first.The conclusion was worked out in Perez's head without providing the reader with enough information to solve along with him until the end.


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