Publication: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1956, London
First edition. Signed by the author. Author's first novel. Fine in dust jacket. There are six homesteads on Blackåsen Mountain. A day’s journey away lies the empty town. It comes to life just once, in winter, when the Church summons her people through the snows. Even then the oldest enemies will gather. Now it is summer, and new settlers come. It is their two young daughters who find the dead man, not half an hour’s walk from their cottage. The father is away. And whether stubborn, or stupid, or scared for her girls, the mother will not let it rest. To the wife who is not concerned when her husband does not come home for three days; to the man who laughs when he hears his brother is dead; to the priest who doesn’t care; she asks and asks her questions, digging at the secrets of the mountain. They say a wolf made those wounds, but what wild animal cuts a body so clean?
Inventory Number: 38612