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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.
The dark violence in some old Icelandic folk tales helps create a weirdly unsettled mood in this Icelandic Noir mystery. As always, Indridason is adept at creating a sense of uneasiness in his plot and characters.
The narrative alternates between the war years and modern times. A retired cop looks back at crimes going back seventy years to solve the murder of a very old man, an investigator of sorts himself.
It’s fascinating to read about this era. Iceland was swarming with soldiers waiting to be shipped off to combat, and meanwhile fooling around with Icelandic girls. This incensed the locals and even the government. War profits were fueling the wealth of opportunists. Suddenly there were plenty of well-paying jobs for the jobless too. And the push for independence from Denmark was gathering strength.
The investigators, whose obsession with the dead girls spans decades, are complex and appealing characters. The people they interview have a wonderful way of dropping some incriminating fact almost unconsciously. Every detail matters in the unfolding of events. Crime leads to crime with an awful inevitability. The plot is well conceived and involving.
This isn’t my favorite Indridason novel, but it’s an absorbing read — the work of a masterful crime writer.
The 1944 murder of the young seamstress is one of two parallel investigations traced by Arnaldur Indridason in his novel, The Shadow District. Seven decades later, a retired Reykjavik police officer named Konrad volunteers to help the short-staffed police by looking into the death of a 90-year-old man in that same neighborhood of the city. Partly because Konrad has some indirect connection to the 1944 case, and partly because evidence keeps turning up as his inquiry proceeds, he becomes convinced there is a connection between the two cases. In alternating chapters, Indridason follows Konrad's investigation and that of the two police officers in 1944, gradually revealing the complex ways in which the two cases are related.
Indridason is accomplished at plotting, his lead characters are believable, and his exploration of the Icelandic folklore that is a factor in the tale is fascinating. However, what is most striking about this novel is the consistently flat style of the writing. It appears that the translator is at least partly at fault. Awkward and ungrammatical passages crop up at frequent intervals:
"The manager of the nursing home was rushed off his feet . . . He was a big man and loud with it."
"The man shook him by the hand."
"she wasn't especially good at her books."
Perhaps these are obscure British figures of speech. I doubt it. (British spelling suggests the novel was first translated for publication in the UK.)
The Icelandic crime novelist Arnaldur Indridason has written 19 novels to date. Eleven of them constitute a series featuring the Reykjavik detective Erlendur; three more feature Young Erlendur. The Shadow District is one of five standalone novels. A former journalist, he published his first novel in 1997 at the age of 36. Arnaldur's novels repeatedly top the bestseller lists in Iceland, and they frequently win awards.