- Series: The Flovent and Thorson Thrillers (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 29, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250124042
- ISBN-13: 978-1250124043
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Indridason's austere, clear-cut prose coldly reveals 'all the disruption the military occupation had brought to this sparsely populated island and its simple society.' " ―New York Times on The Shadow Killer
"Indridason does a fine job evoking the place and time." ―Publishers Weekly on The Shadow Killer
"Indridason builds suspense through a steady progression of extensive interviews with his sleuths doggedly prodding witnesses with dark probing questions. The result is a haunting and foreboding mood that will attract fans of Nordic noir." ―Library Journal on The Shadow Killer
"Indridason’s voice, straightforward and tinged with sadness, works particularly well here, as he coaxes out tragic secrets and captures the occupation’s impact with intriguing period detail, particularly the social impact of Reykjavik’s emerging nightlife and the Icelandic Nationalist Party’s Nazi legacy." ―Booklist on The Shadow Killer
"Indridason fills the void that remains after you've read Stieg Larsson's novels." ―USA Today
“A haunting and elegant novel . . . a writer of astonishing gravitas and talent."―John Lescroart
“What’s Icelandic for “We have ourselves a winner?”―Newsday
"Mesmerizing.” ―The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
ARNALDUR INDRIÐASON has won many international prizes, including the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave. He 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. He is an internationally bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than forty languages, and have sold over 12 million copies. He lives with his family in Reykjavik.
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Again, Indridason begins his book with an interesting characters and setting. Set in World War 2, Iceland is occupied by British and American forces. and the soldiers are everywhere, changing societal norms. Young local women are dating the soldiers and, in many cases, going against their family's values. The term, "The Situation", was coined to describe the war-time occupation woes. But, if Indridason begins his book in a promising way, the book ends as a mess. A young man is found in another man's apartment in Reykjavik, shot dead execution-style. Who is the victim? And why was he murdered? Local policeman Flovent is brought in to look into the murder. He's aided by Canadian military-cop, Stefan Thordarson, assigned to the case by military authorities. The plot dissolves into a confusing mess. Two separate plot points never merge and, as a reader, I still haven't figured out how the book ends. Who killed who, and why? What did the German relatives of the main suspect do to get involved? Why did a side-plot of a romantic trio get tacked on? What's the truth of an uncovered pre-war Nazi-like program of social engineering?
Okay, so why's this book - the second after a well-written one - so poorly written? Did the author simply lose interest in his plot and characters and just give up making a coherent book? Was it the translator? I certainly don't know, but I am disappointed.
Indridason vividly captures the "zeitgeist" of wartime Iceland from the internecine rivalries between Tommies and Yanks, to what is politely referred to as "the Situation" as the Icelanders refer to the increasing number of young women who get pregnant from British or American servicemen, to the more subtle changes as more and more people leave the countryside for the cities and the increased opportunities the occupation provides. I miss his strong prose describing the dangerous beauty of Iceland as was done in hie Inspector Erlendur thrillers (Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller,Silence of the Grave (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries, No. 2)), the plot is complicated enough to keep you guessing (and constantly questioning your assumptions of whodunnit and reassessing those guesses), with a brisk pace and numerable plausible suspects. As much as I miss Inspector Erlendur, I am genuinely growing to like Flovent and Thorson more and more, and look forward to Indridason's next book.
For those unfamiliar with "nordic noir" I can think of no better author to start with than Indridason - _The Shadow Killers_ will not disappoint. Recommended.
Well researched, well written but slightly dull.