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White Nights (Shetland Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Cleeves
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.



Yet 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 . . .


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    Unanimous Acclaim for the Shetland Island Thrillers
    "A riveting read."
    - Val McDermid, author of "The Grave Tattoo
    ""Chilling . . . enough to freeze the blood."
    - Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review
    ""A pleasure to read. Interesting characters, great setting, intriguing plot. . . . And the bonus when we ?nish it is that we know we've got two more to look forward to."
    - Reginald Hill, author of "Death Comes for the Fat Man"
    "Taut, atmospheric . . .will keep readers guessing until the last page."
    - "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
    "A most satisfying mystery. Jimmy Perez is a fine creation."
    - Peter Robinson, author of "Friend of the Devil"
    "In true Christie fashion, Cleeves once more pulls the wool over our eyes with cunning and conviction."
    - Colin Dexter, author of "The Remorseful Day"
    "Deserves the top crime writer's prize in the United States this year. Don't miss this standout."
    - "Rocky Mountain News"" """

    Peter Robinson

    'A most satisfying mystery set in an isolated and intriguing location'

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    Ann Cleeves worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of 'Murder Squad', working with other northern writers to promote crime fiction. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel, for Raven Black . Ann lives in North Tyneside. Her Vera Stanhope series is currently being turned into a major ITV production to be released in Autumn 2010.

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    79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars One Good Night ! 18 Jun. 2009
    By Belfast Dave VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback
    I am an Ann Cleeves latecomer, who discovered her through her first "Shetland" based novel, Raven Black, and have since become an Ann addict.
    This, the second in her Shetland series has, in my opinion, outshone even the fantastic "Raven Black".
    I wont go into a lengthy synopsis of "White Nights", as reading some of them can act as spoilers. All I will say is if you like your crime fiction in the old style ( Christie, Sayers etc..), but modern and up to speed with what is happening in other areas of crime fiction, then I think you will love this book. But I would read "Raven Black" first, as it happens to support a few of the relationships in "White Nights".
    It is worth the price just to observe Ms Cleeves' descriptions of the islands, the communities, the hidden secrets that abound in isolated regions and above all the quirky characters who form the line up off these terrific yarns.
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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric but ultimately disappointing 20 Nov. 2010
    By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback
    This book has an atmospheric setting of the Shetland Isles but although it flows along quite smoothly, it felt both overly familiar in its plotting and lacking somewhat in its characterisation. I especially found it difficult to distinguish between Kenny and Martin, both men involved on the periphery of the murder, most men passionately in love with their wives, with not enough done to separate them. Similarly, keeping the relationships straight in terms of ages and who was related to whom made this a bit of a struggle.

    The revelations at the end were the type that always appear in this kind of novel (adulteries, love affairs, hidden secrets within a small community), and I really didn't believe the solution at all which was utterly unconvincing for me. The opening scene, too, which was very dramatic and done with an emotional intensity, just got washed away in the final solution in a 'well, he was just joking' kind of way which I found unsatisfying.

    So this is a competent enough read, atmospheric in parts, but ultimately a bit disappointing.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars dull -- stick to the tv series 6 Sept. 2014
    By Rose
    Format:Paperback
    Was I reading the same book as everyone else?
    I'm rather puzzled by the rave reviews.

    A good detective story needs to be either a fast-paced tense thriller, or a character investigation which delves deep into people's pyche (like Christie's Cards on the Table). This is neither.

    Where are the lyrical descriptions of bleak Shetland scenery?
    Where are the nail-biting moments?
    Where is the characterisation?

    The characters seem a dull jumble of cliches and stereotypes. Not one of them lives for me. A good detective novelist should try to understand what makes humans tick. Cleeves' wry tone comes across as not even liking people very much. A novelist should not be asking what are middle-aged men like, but what drives this particular individual to act the way they do?
    At 391 pages, it's overlong for a detective story and could do with some editing.

    So, having torn it to shreds, I suppose I should come up with something positive to say.
    The author seems to have done her research on police procedure.
    I couldn't guess who the murderer was, but by that point I didn't care.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plotting 31 Jan. 2011
    Format:Paperback
    White Nights is one of the Shetland Quartet novels featuring the detective Jimmy Perez. It is well up to the usual high standard. The story opens at a viewing in an art gallery. A stranger walks in and breaks down in tears, later he is found dead and he is thought to have committed suicide. But of course this is a detective story, so we can assume otherwise. Enter Jimmy Perez! Ann Cleeves has an annoying habit of creating warm, well rounded and pleasing characters, then killing them off, this happens in White Nights, but it adds to the feel of the story. Murders apart, this novel should work wonders for the Shetland tourist industry. Maybe there are a couple too many characters, but not to worry, this is corrected as the story goes on, read and enjoy this intriguing police procedure.
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    24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Hardcover
    This is an absorbing tale which, perhaps not surprisingly given its Shetland setting, brings to mind the novels of Scandinavian writers such as Karin Fossum and Henning Mankell. Which is not to say that Cleeves's style is derivative; she has her own sparse, clean way of writing which marries an ability to create a fine sense of place with a knack of knitting together engaging and credible plots.

    Jimmy Perez is a worthy addition to the ranks of fictional British detectives and it's reassuring to learn that there are two more instalments to come - presumably this will be a necessarily short series to avoid wiping out too many of Shetland's small community! Perhaps a mainland posting might come Perez's way in due course, so that we can continue to enjoy his deductions and thought processes...

    For me, this book succeeds in presenting a believable picture of life on a remote island. The characters are more than just participants in a story; they do seem to inhabit their own lives as well, giving the book an authentic feel (it's clear that the author has spent time among Shetlanders and has a feel for the geography of the place).

    In summary, if you've enjoyed Ian Rankin's Rebus yarns and have strayed further north to Aberdeen with Stuart MacBride's Logan McRae, why not catch the (imaginary) ferry over to Shetland to get to know Jimmy Perez?
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