The Nordic Nights festival is something that everyone in Jackson Hole, Wyoming looks forward to. Alix Thorssen, owner of a local gallery, is especially excited because shes induced celebrated Norse artist Glasius Dokken to come to town. This a real coup, sure to drum up business for the gallery.

Alixs joy is short-lived when Dokken is murdered and her close-mouthed stepfather, Hank Helgeson, is arrested for the crime. He is caught standing over the body and will offer no explanation. Although the local police are competent, Hank is family. Since he wont speak up on his own behalf, Alix takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of things.

As Alix begins her investigation, slight mishaps occur. At first Alix makes light of them, but then she begins to wonder if she has drawn the wrath of ancient gods or a modern evilone that will not allow her investigation to continue.

NORDIC NIGHTS is a suspenseful tale that combines modernity with the lure and legends of the past. Lise McClendon also provides the reader with many fascinating facts about the Norse and their beliefs. (Oct., 256 pp., $5.99—Hardcover published January 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg