A dark-skinned young boy is found dead, frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood.
The boy's Thai half-brother is missing; is he implicated, or simply afraid for his own life?
While fears increase that the murder could have been racially motivated, the police receive reports that a suspected paedophile has been spotted in the area.
Detective Erlendur's investigation soon unearths the tension simmering beneath the surface of Iceland's outwardly liberal, multi-cultural society while the murder forces Erlendur to confront the tragedy in his own past.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/10/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099542322
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Review by reader68
Murder of son of a Thai immigrant. Excellent. Read on Kindle.
Review by CarltonC
This the fifth novel about detective Erlendur Sveinsson set in contemporary Reykjavik that I have read and it is satisfying both in the crime story in this book and in progressing the personal stories of two of the the three main detectives in the novels, Erlendur and Sigurdur Óli.For this latter reason I would recommend that you first read the earlier four Erlendur novels that have been translated into English.However the crime story in this book revolves around the seemingly senseless murder of a ten year old boy of mixed parentage (Icelandic and Thai) and the search for the murderer. The bleakness of Reykjavik itself in winter is brought to life, especially the darkness and cold weather. The mixed parentage means that issues of racism and the integration of ethnic minorities into Iceland (or lack thereof) are explored.However, for me, the novel is raised above the previous ones in the series (which are all good) as it realistically portrays Erlendur's encounters with his estranged children, Eva and Sindri, his new partner, Valgerdur, and the slow death of his old boss, Marion Briem. The personal story of Erlendur's colleague, Sigurdur Óli and his wife, Bergthora, also advances, although not happily. The current case also brings to the fore Erlendur's memories of his brother's death at the age of 8, lost with Erlendur in a blizzard, where only Erlendur was found.All-in-all, a very satisfying read.