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The Shadow District: A Thriller (The Flovent and Thorson Thrillers) Kindle Edition
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What I like about this new series is that it is not as dark as the previous series about Erlendur - dark because of the burdens carried by the protagonist from a tragic childhood. However, don't look for smart repartee in either series as it is not Indridason's style (and after all, it is a mystery not a comedy).
Note that the chapters are numbered and do not have headings to help you keep straight what period of time the story is set in. You have to pay attention to the names of the characters to know the period of time.
A few chapters of the next novel in the series are included in the book. Looking forward to reading it.
Set on Iceland in a dual time plot - 1944 and the present - the book tells the story of a murder which is being investigated in both time periods. As it's now 2015, we're getting almost to the end of an author being able to write about an adult in 1944 still being around in 2015. Oh, there are still some 90 plus who are still active today, but using a person in this way is going by the wayside. In any case, one of Indridason's pair of cops investigating the murder in 1944 was still around today, though himself newly dead. The two cops in 1944, Flovent (if he had a first name, I didn't catch it) and Stefan Thordarson, are trying to find the killer of a young woman whose dead body was found outside the national theater building in Reykjavik. The city and the island-nation is flush with both American and British soldiers stationed there for the war effort, and the fraternization between soldiers and the local daughters is getting a bit out of hand. The author does a superb job of setting time and place and how both can determine societal norms. Flovent and Thordarson find dead-ends and red-herrings everywhere and the murder is not actually solved til 2015.
Arnaldur Indridason has told a fascinating story and really does bring the reader back in time and place to 1940's Reykjavik. He has another in the series coming out soon and I'm looking forward to reading it.
Inridason does a fantastic job of combining Icelandic history, culture and geography into the mystery. I have Learned a lot about these from reading his books - which is part of the appeal to me
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Being a fan of Mr. Indridason's other series (Erlendur Sveinsson), I was happy to see him start a new series. It's very interesting reading about Iceland and Mr.Read more