This is the kind of book I used to read all the time twenty years ago, and now I remember why. Indridason is a master at plot, creating memorable characters, and evoking Iceland both during World War II and today. His detective has a compelling personal life, is likeable, and gets the job done. Indridason balances POVs masterfully-there's never a moment when you wish the writer would get back to solving the mystery.
I can't think of anything that didn't work in this book and this is from someone who is often impatient. This novel dates from 2001 (following JAR CITY) and he has gone on to write several more. Time to catch up.
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