Reykjavik, Saturday night. He offered her another margarita, and, as he returned from the bar, he carefully slid the pill into her glass.
They were getting along fine, and he was sure she would give him no trouble...48 hours later, a young man is found dead in a pool of blood.
There is no sign of a break-in at his flat. The victim is found wearing a woman's t-shirt, while a bottle of Rohypnol lies on the table nearby.
Detective Elinborg, already struggling to juggle family life and the relentless demands of her job, is assigned the case.
But with no immediate leads to the killer, can she piece together details of the victim's secret life and solve a brutal murder?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/06/2012
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099549352
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Review by whirled
Review by Mijk
I enjoyed this largely because I recognised many of the places in the novel, and it is a highly interesting plot. For real crime-genre buffs there are immense holes in the plot, implausible connections and no doubt other flaws, but I don't care. And it is formulaic of a discrete sector of a culture industry in which Scadinavians have rather implausibly carved out a lucrative niche market. I don't know the murder rate in Iceland, but i suspect there are more murders in their crime fiction per year that actually happen in real life. If you read crime thrillers looking for the perfect plot according to some rules of the genre,or for enlightenment, don't read this (in fact, stop reading crime finction and read something else - you are in a rut!). But if you read them for entertainment, this will hold you gripped well enough. Some parts of it may be a bit daft, but so is real life. If you want to get a taste of modern Iceland that's an antidote to the Sigur Ros-soundaliketracked marketing and actually enagages a bit with local culture, watch the move made of an earlier novel by this author: Jar City, an amazingly well-filmed screen adaptation - it's ART.
Review by CarltonC
This is the seventh Icelandic Erlendur crime novel and benefits from being read in order.The series main protagonist until now, Erlendur, is not present in this story as he has gone back East following the events in Hypothermia, although he is referred to several times.The investigation is carried out by Elinborg, one of the two main supporting detectives in previous novels and provides us with a greater insight into her and her family than previously provided.The crime investigated in this novel is rape and murder, although this is unsatisfyingly predictable.