First came Scandi-crime and Nordic Noir – now it’s time for Viking Crime! Make way, Lisbeth Salander and Sarah Lund, for Helga Finnsdottir. Lies. Manipulation. Murder. There’s nothing quite like family . . .
Everyone loves a family reunion . . .
It is the summer of 970. Adopted daughter Helga awaits the arrival of Unnthor Reginsson’s children, who are coming for the regular family gathering at their remote family farm. Unnthor, once a fearsome Viking warlord, now prosperous farmer and chieftain of his and neighbouring valleys, is not the only one doing well. Karl, his oldest son, has also settled down to farming after a successful career raiding and plundering, and middle son Bjorn is a respected horse farmer on the Swedish border. Aslak, the youngest, works closer to home, and daughter Jorunn is married to a Swedish chieftain’s son.
As the siblings gather, bad blood simmers and old feuds resurface as Unnthor’s heirs make their moves on the old man’s estate – until Karl is found dead and the bloodied knife is discovered in Bjorn’s son’s bed.
For all his size and strength, Helga’s not convinced Volund Bjornsson has it in him to kill anyone – but if she’s to save the boy from the axe, she must uncover the truth . . . before the killer strikes again.