Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath
Magnus Jonson is having a bad week. His girlfriend broke up with him. Someone has tried to kill him (again). And his boss is sending him off on special assignment for an unspecified amount of time.
Magnus is the prime witness in the upcoming trial of a fellow police officer. The drug kingpin who had that officer in his pocket is the one trying to have Magnus killed. To protect their star witness Boston’s Police Commissioner is sending him off to Iceland. Magnus lived in Iceland until he was twelve and speaks Icelandic so he is the perfect fit to help the Icelandic police learn how to deal with violent crime. In a country that feels their murder rate is booming because it has hit eight, help with investigating murders is sorely needed. And when Marcus arrives a murder has just been committed and nothing about the case is straightforward.
I fell in love with Iceland when I was there in March and I had a chance to revisit many of the places I saw in this book. I also learned a lot about policing in that country. First of all no one in law enforcement, aside from the police at the airport, have guns. Secondly, if they think you may have had something to do with a serious crime they can jail you for three weeks. Don’t get in trouble in Iceland!