Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason
Inspector Erlendur keeps thinking about Hannibal the homeless man he sometimes chatted with who was found drowned months ago. It was ruled an accidental death, but was it? Between night shifts working traffic, responding to domestic disturbance calls and foiling burglaries Erlendur begins an off the record investigation of his own, one that leads him to believe Hannibal’s death was anything but an accident.
If you’re thinking of visiting Iceland this is probably not the best series to read since it shows the dark underbelly of the city. That said, what is detailed here, a small homeless population, the lack of services for victims of domestic violence, drug trafficking and a high preponderance of drink driving (as they call it) are truly the ills of the city and country. Murders are extremely rare, hence why Hannibal’s death would be considered accidental and not investigated too thoroughly.
A short, quick police procedural highlighting everyday life of a police officer in Reykjavik with a tight plot and construction.