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The Shadow District: A Thriller (The Flovent and Thorson Thrillers) Hardcover – November 7, 2017
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Praise for The Shadow District:
"There's always a solid sense of history in Arnaldur Indridason's moody Icelandic mysteries. With his usual delicate touch, Indridason weaves in just enough folklore to remind us that a nation can never live down its legends."―New York Times Book Review
"The intertwining stories will keep readers engaged until the book’s unexpected ending; also absorbing are Indridason’s characters, who make wartime and today’s Iceland come to life. The dialogue rings true and impart a forthright yet gentle tone that matches the harsh but dreamy landscape, which is lovingly described."―Booklist
"With minimalist prose, Indridason skillfully weaves the present-day murder with the past in this classic whodunit that ends with a satisfying and logical resolution."―Kirkus Reviews
"Outstanding series launch...Indridason provides a great window into Icelandic culture as he explores his recurring themes of greed and abuse of power."―Publishers Weekly (starred)
"A welcome addition from a master of the genre."―Library Journal (starred)
"Terrific...the deftly spun Shadow District leaves us eager to read the next installment in the series."―Chicago Tribune
"Gripping and deeply satisfying."―Seattle Times
"A surprisingly empathetic mystery. Fans of Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo will love Arnaldur Indridason."―Shelf Awareness
"The steady progression of unearthing clues and witnesses to the mysteries is so riveting...readers will not find the story lacking in any way."―Mystery Scene
"Riveting, in [Arnaldur's] distinctive style, and highly recommended."―CrimeSpree Magazine
"The Shadow District is a seductively menacing thriller by Arnaldur Indridason. It's a thrilling and emotionally devastating novel that you will try to finish in one sitting."―The Washington Book Review
"The Shadow District is [Arnaldur's] first in a new series, and it’s a terrific beginning. As always the author’s characters and plot are believable and engrossing, and the glimpses into Icelandic history are an added plus."―Marilyn's Mystery Reads
Praise for Arnaldur Indridason:
"Indridason is an international literary phenom. I can't wait for the next." ―Harlan Coben
"Puts Iceland on the map as a major destination for enthusiasts of Nordic crime fiction." ―Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Iceland's Indridason is a master of the hard-edged realist psychological thriller, anchoring his stories in the dark side of contemporary Icelandic life." ―Men's Journal
"Classic mystery fiction, both compassionate and thrilling. Indridason is one of the brightest stars in the genre's dark skies." ―John Connolly
“Like his protagonist, Indridason is calm, methodical and unassuming. With Reykjavik's nights as a backdrop, what starts out as a modest tale of an unfortunate death develops into a deeply involving tale of chronic neglect, drug addiction, spousal abuse and the unsavory nature of fate.” ―Chicago Tribune, Crime Fiction Roundup
“Indridason and Stieg Larsson have produced two of the best crime novels of the year.” ―The Independent(UK)
“Every one of these writers is good [Hakan Nesser, Kjell Eriksson, Karin Fossum], but in my book, Arnaldur Indridason is even better.” ―Joe Queenan, Los Angeles Times
About the Author
ARNALDUR INDRIÐASON 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. Strange Shores was nominated for the 2014 CWA Gold Dagger Award and Reykjavik Nights was nominated for the Petrona Award 2015.
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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
The story sprawls over decades because people get old and children of previous players in the matter take up an interest...totally believeable how it all developed. Lots of interplay and cutting back and forth...very well handled by the author. Its a who-done-it and as we flip back and forth.The tid bits and seemingly unrelated pieces of information start to boil and eventually a good soup is brewing.
One of the terrific tones of the piece is the setting and period- World War II...American troops are occupying Iceland as an eventual invasion of Europe is being prepared. Occupation...from the perspective of the natives is always interesting.....
This is a very good read....I'm already on Book One....As a writer myself I come away from the story wanting to sit with the author and pick his brain how he put the whole thing together. There are some terrific characters that pull you into this story but the magnet is Iceland and the authenticity of the life during the period and how all kinds of people struggling just to get through it interact to unknowingly generate great empathy. Two crimes that result in deaths and take decades to solve is a seemingly simple premise...what we sense and feel along the way is an insightful take on what Icelanders lived with during a grueling period of their country's history. A very good read.