The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indriðason
In Reykjavik during World War II the body of a murdered young woman is found behind the National Theatre. Many feel a soldier is to blame since Iceland is currently overrun with British, Canadian and American soldiers and there is “The Situation” of young Icelandic girls going about town with foreign soldiers much to the disappointment of their parents and Icelandic men. A local detective is paired with a Canadian MP to solve the murder.
In the present day a ninety year old man is found smothered in his apartment with newspaper clippings about the murder of the girl outside the theatre close at hand. The police force hires on a retired police detective to follow leads and dig into the suspicious death uncovering details about both crimes. What was the elderly man’s connection to the crime in the past? Did he learn something that caused his death all these years later?
I’ve really enjoyed Arnaldur’s past books and this one, the start of a new series, did not disappoint. I really enjoyed learning about the background surrounding both crimes as well as getting to know the detectives a bit. It was interesting to learn how much the arrival of troops changed Iceland permanently and what a disturbance it was at the time. I look forward to reading the next entry in the series.