Annie Raft sleeps beside a shotgun she can load in 22 seconds. And for 18 years — since discovering two bloody corpses in the northern Scandinavian woods, where night comes without darkness — she has slept that way and never forgotten to lock the doors. The publisher calls the European prizewinner Blackwater a thriller, but its stark imagery, stunning introspection, and brooding natural setting place it in some darker, richer category — a sort of Graham Greene meets Dean Koontz, if you will.
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