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Dreamless (Odd Singsaker) by Jorgen Brekke
Cover Artist: Cover art: The Nightmare by Henry Fusseli, 1781
Cover photo: Running man by Mark Owen / Trevillion Image;
Clouds by Alexey Repka / Shutterstock.
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Trade Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250080752
Date: 10 January 2017 List Price $15.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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In modern Trondheim, Norway, an unknown woman is found lying dead in the woods. A blanket of snow covers her corpse. Her throat has been slashed, her vocal cords extracted, and a music box placed on her stomach. The music box plays a lullaby that was originally published in Trondheim in 1767. It was written by a minstrel, Christian Wingmark, whose naked corpse was discovered lying on a beach; a large hole is in its stomach where a spear-like implement has impaled it.

Detective Odd Singsaker must discover who in present-day Trondheim is obsessed with the minstrel and his bizarre lullaby. Because a young girl, a choir student, has been abducted and her tormented parents have found a similar music box that plays the same lullaby.

From official release/information:

Product Description: A promising young singer is found dead in a clearing in a forest, gruesomely murdered--her larynx cut out, and an antique music box placed carefully atop her body, playing a mysterious lullaby that sounds familiar, but that no one can quite place. Chief Inspector Odd Singsaker, of the Trondheim Police Department, still recovering from brain surgery, is called in to investigate.

Singsaker, now married to Felicia Stone, the American detective he met while tracking down a serial killer (see Where Monsters Dwell), fears the worst when another young girl, also known for her melodic singing voice, suddenly goes missing while on a walk with her dog one night. As the Trondheim police follow the trail of this deadly killer, it becomes clear that both cases are somehow connected to a centuries-old ballad called The Golden Peace, written by a mysterious composer called Jon Blund, in the seventeenth century. This lullaby promises the most sound, sweet sleep to the listener--and as time ticks by, the elusive killer seems as if he will stop at nothing to get his hands on this perfect lullaby.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

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