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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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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.

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Have you ever read a book and wondered...

Have you ever read a book with so many flaws and problems and wondered why you still enjoyed it? I have.

I actually enjoyed this book very much and will probably read more from the author.

It has a plethora of problems, none of which escaped me as I listened, but they didn't dim my appreciation of the work.

It is repetitive. The same clues and information are restated umpteen times to the point I could recite them in my dreams.
The characters are interesting, but not well fleshed out, really.
The plot was predictable. I knew what was coming all along the way.
The "twist" really wasn't much of one.
While not the fault of the author or reader, the Icelandic names and places were sometimes difficult to follow (and the one main character's name was the same as my cat's asthma medicine, lol. "Flovent")
The narrator was good, but not exceptional.

Honestly, I can't even really explain WHY I liked it, but I did. The characters were interesting. The juxtaposition of the two crimes across time was well done. The setting was interesting.

At any rate, I would actually recommend it, but with the proviso that it is far from perfect... I just found it a good read.

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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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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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excellent mix of who-done-it and icelandic history

the story is simple and complex at the same time. the writer skillfully worked into the story the actual historic events and public sentiments towards class, love, marriage and sexuality.

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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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Good book in what may be a new series

The book is another excellent mystery from Indridason, but features a new main character. He is likeable enough, but in many ways is similar to Erlendur the main character off his other books. Unlike Erlendue, Konrad is a retired cop who still has connections in the force. The book mixes a mystery from the past with the present investigation, something Indridasson always pulls off well. The different time settings are easy to keep track of and all the threads of the mystery pull together well at the end.