The Shadow District

The Shadow District

A Thriller

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"A deeply compassionate story of old crimes and their consequences, The Shadow District is the first in a thrilling new series by internationally bestselling author Arnaldur Indridason. THE PAST In wartime Reykjavik, a young woman is found strangled in 'the shadow district', a rough and dangerous area of the city. An Icelandic detective and a member of the American military police are on the trail of a brutal killer. THE PRESENT A 90-year-old man is discovered dead on his bed, smothered with his own pillow. Konrad, a former detective now bored with retirement, finds newspaper cuttings reporting the WWII shadow district murder the dead man's home. It's a crime that Konrad remembers, having grown up in the same neighborhood. A MISSING LINK Why, after all this time, would an old crime resurface? Did the police arrest the wrong man? Will Konrad's link to the past help him solve the case and finally lay the ghosts of WWII Reykjavik to rest?"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250124029
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Cribb, Victoria - Translator


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Apr 04, 2019

Excellent Icelandic mystery. Very well written. Characters are well crafted. Lovely descriptions of Icelandic scenery. A cold case with a distinctive twist. If you like this genre, I would strongly recommend this book.

multcolib_susannel Dec 29, 2018

Icelandic detective Konrad Flovent is called out of retirement to solve one crime in the present while finding evidence of a cold crime in the past. Are they connected?
Chapters shift between wartime and present day Reykjavik.

SFPL_danielay Aug 03, 2018

An well-plotted mystery that jumps back and forth between present day and war-time Reykjavik. In war-time Reykjavik two detectives, one Icelandic and one Canadian, try to solve the murder of a young woman found strangled. In present time, a retired police officer looks into the death of an old man who right before his death had been interested in the same case.

Jul 23, 2018

This police procedural jumps back and forth between wartime and present-day Reykjavik. A 90-year-old detective is haunted by a woman's murder that he investigated in his youth. He begins to re-examine the case but is soon found murdered in his tiny apartment. A retired detective (also with a history related to the past case) assists the local police who are overwhelmed with their caseload.
This is a fairly quick read with some Icelandic atmosphere; however, the story drags in places and it took me a while to get used to the jumping back-and-forth between the past and the present (since there were no dates to the sections).

Jun 28, 2018

I have read all of Indriadson's books that have been translated into English. Really enjoyed this one. It took place in the 2nd World War with Nazi spies and murderers.

Dec 12, 2017

This is the first book I have read by Indridason and saw reviews that say not to judge his writing with this one book.

I found this book to be confusing and tedious. Perhaps it was the translation, but I got lost going back in forth in time because of too many characters and family connections that were sometimes fuzzy. In addition, I felt some of the aspects to solving the crime to be quite a stretch.

Sep 17, 2017

I've enjoyed this author's previous books and characters.
Here he introduces an entirely new character, Flovent, a police officer during the war, who is trying to solve the murder of a young woman .
I found the story slow going . It jumps from the past to the present with new characters taking up the case due to the connection to a murder of an elderly man who had worked on the case with Flovent, and another unsolved murder from war time.
As the story unfolds, new characters are continuously introduced and it wasn't hard to figure out who the murdered was.
It seems the author is continuing the series with Flovent.
I'm hoping the author isn't abandoning his previous series.

Jan 10, 2017

A 90-year-old man is found dead in his bed, smothered with his own pillow. On his desk the police find newspaper cuttings about a murder case dating from the Second World War, when a young woman was found strangled behind Reykjavik's National Theatre.

Konrad, a former detective, is bored with retirement and remembers the crime. He grew up in 'the shadow district', a rough neighbourhood bordered by the National Theatre and an abattoir. Why would someone be interested in that crime now? He starts his own unofficial enquiry.

Alternating between Konrad's investigation and the original police inquiry, we discover that two girls had been attacked in oddly similar circumstances. Did the police arrest the wrong man? How are these cases linked across the decades? And who is the old man?

A deeply compassionate story of old crimes and their consequences, The Man from Manitoba is the first in a thrilling new series of novels by the worldwide bestseller Arnaldur Indridason.


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