Book Review for THE SHADOW DISTRICT by Arnaldur Indridason
THE SHADOW DISTRICT by Arnaldur Indridason
Series: Reykjavik Wartime Mystery Series, Book 1
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An slow-burning, atmospheric mystery.
THE SHADOW DISTRICT succeeds in bringing the past into the present with this gripping double murder. With a heavy concentration on police procedure, Indridason develops his story is a slow and methodical way. All of the elements pertaining to the crimes are carefully laid out for the reader to piece together along with Konrad. I truly got the sense that I was right there along for the ride.
As I was reading, what stood out for me is how much the author was able to develop the characters into real people. Each person you meet within these pages, comes to life in a way that brings the reader further into the story. Then, as an added bonus, Indridason highlights and uses Iceland as the backdrop for these murders in such an exemplary way. I loved the mood set by the history of wartime Reykjavik juxtaposed with the current day really enhanced the novel.
All in all, I think that this is wonderful start to a new series. I cannot wait to read what comes next.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
A deeply compassionate story of old crimes and their consequences, The Shadow District is the first in a thrilling new series by internationally bestselling author Arnaldur Indridason.
In wartime Reykjavik, Iceland, a young woman is found strangled in 'the shadow district', a rough and dangerous area of the city. An Icelandic detective and a member of the American military police are on the trail of a brutal killer.
A 90-year-old man is discovered dead on his bed, smothered with his own pillow. Konrad, a former detective now bored with retirement, finds newspaper cuttings reporting the WWII shadow district murder in the dead man’s home. It’s a crime that Konrad remembers, having grown up in the same neighborhood.
A MISSING LINK
Why, after all this time, would an old crime resurface? Did the police arrest the wrong man? Will Konrad's link to the past help him solve the case and finally lay the ghosts of WWII Reykjavik to rest?
About the Author: Arnaldur Indridason is the author of Jar City, Silence of the Grave, Voices, The Draining Lake, and Arctic Chill. He won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave and is the only author to win the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel two years in a row, for Jar City and Silence of the Grave. The film of Jar City, now available on DVD from Blockbuster, was Iceland’s entry for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and the film of his next book, Silence of the Grave, is currently in production with the same director. His thrillers have sold more than five million copies in over 25 countries around the world. He lives in Iceland.
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (November 7, 2017)
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