The Shadow Killer
Minotaur, 2018 (2018)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he Shadow Killer
The Shadow District
as the second in Arnaldur Indridason's new historical Icelandic mystery series starring Flovent and Thorson. I'm not sure how I missed the first book, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this one.
he story takes place in 1941 Reykjavik, a turbulent time in an Iceland under the shadow of war. The series has two leads, local detective Flovent and military policeman Thorson, a Canadian with Icelandic roots. As the story opens, readers are introduced to a traveling salesman, who's not very successful and has problems in his love life. Flovent and Thorson are involved after a man is found shot in the head in a Reykjavík apartment - the murder weapon could well be a US military pistol.
lovent, a rookie in the Criminal Investigation Department, has no experience with murder, but does his best. Thorson, a military policeman, is assigned to the case to protect American interests. The spooks are involved when a cyanide capsule is found at the murder scene. Given rumors of a planned visit by Churchill, enemy espionage activity is of strong concern. The investigators soon discover that the dead man was not the apartment's tenant, who has gone missing.
hey uncover a family with strong links to the Nazis and a history of dicey genealogical research on young Icelanders that resulted in a death. There's a manipulative femme fatale with military connections. And a charismatic traveling salesman who did his work under false names and with unusual travel patterns. It's an intriguing mystery but what I liked most about the novel is the fascinating window it provides into pre-WW II Iceland. Don't miss this excellent new Indridason series.
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