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by Minotaur Books, 29 May 2018. ISBN: 978-1-250-12404-3 (HB)
Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland,
was occupied by British troops even if that country was neutral in World War
II, and in the months before Pearl Harbor, U.S. Troops relieved the Tommies [as
they were called] so they could return home and face the possible Nazi
invasion. Iceland, of course, was a prominent way station for naval
shipping across the Atlantic, with U-boat activity quite active. In the
midst of this activity, a man is found murdered, shot in the head by a weapon
commonly used by American troops.
investigation is undertaken by Flovent, the only detective with the Icelandic CID.
He enlists the help of a U.S. military policeman by the name of Thorston.
Together they center their attention on a family of German extraction, a
paralyzed doctor, his son and his brother-in-law, the headmaster of a school,
as well as the doctor’s brother who lives in Germany. The victim remains
unidentified, while initially believed to be the resident of the apartment,
when it turns out he was a boyhood friend of the resident, the doctor’s son,
who is in hiding and becomes the focus of a hunt.
subplots complicate the story as Flovent and Thorston delve into possible
leads, including any possible role of U.S. Intelligence and a possible visit to
the island by Winston Churchill. The sharp prose and excellent translation
enhance this second novel in the series. Mr. Indridason continues to
provide us with top-notch thrillers, and we look forward to his next effort.
is highly recommended.
Reviewed by Theodore Feit
was born in 1961, the son of an Icelandic author. He worked for many years as a
journalist and critic for an Icelandic newspaper, before he began writing
novels. He is best known for his crime novels featuring Erlendur and Sigurdur
Óli, which are consistent bestsellers across Europe.
The series has won numerous awards, including the Nordic Glass Key and the CWA
Gold Dagger.At one week in the summer
of 2003, his crime novels occupied the top five spots in the Icelandic
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY, a few miles outside New York City. For 26 years,
Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in lower Manhattan. Her husband,
Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and writer/editor for,
over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly publications. Having
always been avid mystery readers, and since they're now retired, they're able
to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear online as well as in three
print publications in the UK
and US. On a more personal note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted
have five children and nine grandchildren between them.