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The discovery of a corpse washed up on a beach in an Icelandic backwater sparks a series of events that propels the village of Hvalvik's police sergeant Gunnhildur into deep waters. Although under pressure to deal with the matter quickly, she is suspicious that the man's death was no accident and once she has identified the body, sets about investigating his final hours. The case takes Gunnhildur away from her village and into a cosmopolitan world of shady deals, government corruption and violence. She finds herself alone and less than welcome in this hostile environment as she tries to find out who it was that made sure the young man drowned on a dark night one hundred kilometres from where he should have been - and why.
Although born in the UK in 1962, through a series of coincidences Quentin Bates found himself working in Iceland in his gap year. The gap year then became 10 years, during which time he managed to get himself married, produce a family, and generally go native in Iceland. The family then moved back to the UK in 1990 where Quentin became a full-time journalist on a commercial fishing magazine. Frozen Assets was born through the author's own inside knowledge of Iceland and its society, along with exploring the world of crime. He and his (Icelandic) wife frequently return to Iceland, where they have many friends, including several in the Reykjavik police.
©2011 Quentin Bates (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Annie Smart on 12-01-17

Great start to a good series

This is my second review of this book. I decided to re listen thru the whole series. Am happy to confirm my original impression. Good characters, good amount of procedure, and a wonderful feeling of what Icelandic life in the run up to their financial collapse might have felt like.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Knitosophy on 10-20-16

Narration completely mismatched to genre and story

What disappointed you about Frozen Out?

The narration is better suited to a children's book than an adult crime novel. Jolly jolly jolly. No hint of menace, no attempt to create Scandinavian-ness in English. All blue collar workers have lower class regional British accents. All white collar workers have the upper class accent of the narrator. Do the narrator and producer think that all crime novels are English country house novels? Really really disappointed. And unfortunately as the other novels by this author are narrated by the same person, I won't be buying any of those either. Can't really take this seriously,

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Hard to say because the narration was so disctracting. But by an large, it seemed like a good crime novel. As mentioned, the jolly narration prevented any build of tension or sense of menace.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mel Hudson?

Mel Hudson may well be perfect, but could someone clue her in on what fans of Scandinavian noir like about the genre.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Frozen Out?

None.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Di Griso on 12-01-13

Fabulous female detective, who is normal!

I really enjoyed this Icelandic detective story, not your typical Nordic noir, but more upbeat and with hope at the end. Gunhilda is a great role model for any modern girl. Griping story and realistic characters.
Read well and easy to remember Icelandic names which is sometimes difficult in these Scandinavian books.
I have read books 2 & 3 and can't wait for the next one to come out, I m hooked.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on 06-23-13

Thoroughly Entertaining

Definitely something I will be listening to again, well narrated as long as you can handle those long Icelandic names.

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