There's real potential here for this new writer from Iceland. I very much enjoyed the atmosphere - the listener can almost feel the cold and the clau..Show More »strophobic nature of snow piling up, the darkness, the isolation described.
But, even considering that the city described was once known for its fish production, there are way too many obvious red herrings here. The mystery has ups and downs, and the conclusion is less than riveting and a little bit rushed.
Don't know how much of the occasional awkwardness of language is due to translation, but I hope additional works by this author (and I do hope there will be more) will flow more smoothly.
The narrator is quite good - I love his ease with the Icelandic place and people's names.
This lovely mystery is straight forward question and answer detective work. The author tosses in an old box of papers, a photo dated 1956, a couple ..Show More »of old timers with sharp memories and a kidnapped child. I cannot easily follow the characters because their Icelandic names are difficult to translate into easy English names - except for the one that sounds like "Snoty." A very good who done it. Not violent. not dark.