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The Shadow District

Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
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Old crimes, new consequences.

The Past

In wartime Reykjavik, a young woman is found strangled behind the National Theatre, a rough and dangerous area of the city known as 'the shadow district'. An Icelandic detective and a member of the American military police are on the trail of a brutal killer.

The Present

A 90-year-old man is discovered dead on his bed, smothered with his own pillow. Konrad, a former detective now bored with retirement, finds newspaper cuttings in the dead man's home reporting the shadow district murder that date back to the Second World War. It's a crime that Konrad remembers, having grown up in the same neighbourhood.

A Missing Link

Why, after all this time, would an old crime resurface? Did the police arrest the wrong man? How are these cases linked across the decades? Will Konrad's link to the past help him solve the case and finally lay the ghosts of wartime Reykjavik to rest?

The Shadow District is the first in a major new series of novels from the worldwide best seller Arnaldur Inridason.

©2017 Arnaldur Indridason (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Rosalind
  • 10-17-17

Really enjoyable.

A really good mystery, couldn't wait to get back to it when I had to stop listening. Made even better with the usual excellent narration from Sean Barrett.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-18

Gripping and unusual storyline

Beautifully written with excellent characterisation. This story has you guessing all the time. Good use of historical setting and does not lose you in the time changes as the mystery deepens.
Simply excellent reading by Sean Barrett which keeps the narrative flowing and clear.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 10-28-18

Good story, well read

I enjoyed this book, good characters and a fine plot. The story went between two different time periods but was easy to follow. One editing omission, but not too serious
Good narration as always by Sean Barrett.

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  • Taerri
  • 04-26-18

A great story, brilliantly read

I have read many books by this author but this is the first I have listened to. Thoroughly enjoyable and lovely to have those Icelandic names pronounced properly! Recommended to anyone who likes a police procedural story but this one is particularly cleverly and elegantly structured.

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  • Dragon
  • 03-31-18

Good mystery story

An old man is quietly murdered in his flat. Who killed him? Why? A compassionate murder mystery crossing between past and present to resolve an old whodunnit. Lovely sense of place in modern and wartime Iceland.

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  • J.F.H
  • 02-20-18

A story set in two time periods

Detectives during WW2 struggle to solve a crime.In the present day a detective seeks answers to the death of one of those detectives. It's clever and interesting and the setting is thought provoking. Good narration. All in all an enjoyable listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-20-17

Moody and surprising

The power of this thriller comes both from its Icelandic setting and the way it moves between the war years and the present. An added melancholy comes from the way the detective team age as you listen. Iceland too changes over the course of the story. I learnt so much about Iceland past and present that I want to go there now.