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Publisher's Summary

The Shadow District is the stunning first book in the compelling new series from award-winning Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason, whom reviewers are calling "a master".

A 90-year-old man is found dead in his bed, smothered with his own pillow. On his desk, the police find newspaper cuttings about a murder case dating from the Second World War, when a young woman was found strangled behind Reykjavik's National Theatre.

Konrad, a former detective, is bored with retirement and remembers the crime. He grew up in "the shadow district", a rough neighborhood bordered by the National Theatre. Why would someone be interested in that crime now? He starts his own unofficial enquiry.

Alternating between Konrad's investigation and the original police inquiry, we discover that two girls had been attacked in oddly similar circumstances. Did the police arrest the wrong man? How are these cases linked across the decades? And who is the old man?

A deeply compassionate story of old crimes and their consequences, The Shadow District is the first in a thrilling new series of novels by the worldwide best-selling author Arnaldur Indridason.

©2017 Arnaldur Indridason (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • Rosemary
  • Greenwich, CT, United States
  • 12-12-17

A slow burn!

This is a real detective story with, thankfully no Nesbo like blood and guts. You learn quite a bit about Iceland. George Guidall as always makes for a really nice listen!

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Well worth a credit!

I really enjoy Arnaldur Indridason's work. You get the flavor of the Icelandic character in his novels, as well as a really good police procedural/suspense story line. This particular novel had a lot of twists and turns, and traced the events thru through 3 timelines: far past, the recent past and the present - incredibly well done and it flowed effortlessly. Loved it, could not put it down, with surprises all the way to the end.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Should be an interesting series

Well developed characters inhabit a complicated world in turmoil and then a very cold case gets new life.

Recommend to any and all who love a good story

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Top drawer, as usual

Mysteries are generally not my genre of choice by I have loved each and every Indridason book without qualification and this was no different. George Guidall's fantastic narration really brings the work to life as well.

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  • Csilla
  • GREENBELT, MD, United States
  • 11-14-17

Ok, but not as good as the Erlendur series

I was hoping that this books would start a series similar to the Erlendur one in which I really liked the intertwining of the protagonists' current personal lives with the detective story. One got to know and like the characters. I did not feel this happening here. We only get to know a little about Konrad and there is also little interaction with other detectives. The story itself is not quite so interesting to make up for the lack of warmth characteristic of the Erlendur stories.

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Engaging

The story, mystery and characters were well developed . This author is a long time favorite.

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Confusing!

The story switches back a nd forth between two time periods and you don't know which period you are in, names are confusing as well.

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Couldn't quite love the characters<br />

I don't really know why but this story was a plod to get through. I just didn't care about the older detective and the machinations of the then and now plot just left me cold. The narration was quite good but just couldn't get into it.

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Vintage Indridason.

Just as interesting and engrossing as Indridason’s Erlendur series. George Goodall’s performance was outstanding. His style and voice perfectly interpret Indridason’s work and the genre.

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Slow burner

A slow unfolding murder plot. A bit convoluted at first. Switches eras frequently. Worth sticking with in the end but one must persevere.