Translated by Victoria Cribb
Random House UK, Vintage Publishing
A woman swims in a remote, milky-blue lagoon. Steam rises from the water and as it clears, a body is revealed in the ghostly light.
Miles away, a vast aircraft hangar rises behind the perimeter fence of the US military base. A sickening thud is heard as a man’s body falls from a high platform.
Many years before, a schoolgirl went missing. The world has forgotten her. But Erlendur has not.
Erlendur Sveinsson is a newly promoted detective with a battered body, a rogue CIA operative and America’s troublesome presence in Iceland to contend with. In his spare time he investigates a cold case. He is only starting out but he is already up to his neck.
This is the thirteenth book in the Inspector Erlendur series and it serves a couple of purposes; it is tale of two mysteries that help provide a little more insight into the reasoning/passions of the main protagonist Detective Erlendur and we discover a little more about the harsh environment that this series is set in, some of the politics and history of the Iceland.
As with all the books in this series you will not find gore and violence in forensic detail or tension and pace that will leave you exhausted, instead you get a well written narrative that is character driven and relies on thorough police investigations to solve the crimes – the old school way – speaking to witnesses, reviewing reports…making connections. A great read. I love all of the books in this series.