Ketilsey Island, 1960. Near this deserted island off the western coast of Iceland, the dawning of spring brings with it new life for the local wildlife. But for the decaying body discovered by three seal hunters, winter is a matter of permanence. After it is found to be a Danish cryptographer missing for months, the ensuing investigation uncovers a mysterious link between him and a medieval manuscript known as the Book of Flatey. Before long another body is found on Flatey, another tiny island off the western coast.
Several goose hunters are found shot dead in rural Iceland, and detectives Gunnar Maríuson and Birkir Hinriksson are assigned to the case. Lead after lead goes cold before a mysterious letter arrives at the Reykjavik police department that reads, “My nature is to kill. I hunt men and never let go.” Gunnar and Birkir set a trap for the one they call “the Gander.” But the killer sends them on a deadly wild-goose chase, as lives hang in the balance.
"Murdered goose hunters? Really??"
When the gutted body of a businessman is discovered in the Icelandic embassy in Berlin, Iceland's best detectives are sent to Germany to investigate the crime. The stab wounds and the murder weapon - an elegant hunting knife - suggest a ritualistic killing. But the only suspects present in the sleek modern office building were some of the island nation's cultural elite, including Jón the Sun Poet and ceramics artist Lúdvík Bjarnason.
"Can't hear the book, the narrator drives me nuts."
When the body of Jacob Kieler Junior is discovered in a stately old house in Reykjavik on a cold January morning in 1973, Jóhann Pálsson, an expert in the emerging field of forensics, is called to the scene. He soon discovers something even more unsettling than the killing itself: The victim’s father, Jacob Senior, was shot to death in the same living room nearly 30 years earlier. Through diaries Jacob Senior kept throughout his lifetime Pálsson and his colleagues try to link Jacob Junior’s shooting and the death of Jacob Senior, an ambitious man dedicated to bringing the railroad to Iceland at any cost.
"Love the Iceland setting, memorable characters"
Reykjavík, Anfang der 70er-Jahre: Jacob Kieler junior wird tot in seiner Villa gefunden. Erschossen. Auf der Suche nach Mordwaffe, Täter und Motiv erfährt die Kripo Reykjavík, dass einige Jahrzehnte zuvor der Vater des Toten, der Ingenieur Jacob Kieler senior, auf exakt die gleiche Weise umgebracht wurde.