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The Shadow Killer

The Shadow Killer

A Thriller

The Flovent and Thorson Thrillers (Volume 2)

Arnaldur Indridason



The Shadow Killer is the extraordinary second book in the compelling new series from award-winning Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason, following The Shadow District.

"Indridason is an international literary phenom."—Harlan Coben

"Puts Iceland on the map as a major destination for enthusiasts of Nordic crime fiction."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

A man is found murdered in a small apartment in Reykjavík, shot in the head with a pistol. The police’s attention is immediately drawn to the foreign soldiers who are on every street corner in the summer of 1941. So begins officers Flóvent and Thorson’s investigation, which will lead them down a path darker than either of them expected, and force them to reckon with their own demons.


The Súd steered a careful course around the frigates and minesweepers in the approaches to Reykjavík harbour before finally coming alongside the docks. Shortly afterwards the passengers began to disembark, one after...

Praise for The Shadow Killer

"Indridason's austere, clear-cut prose coldly reveals 'all the disruption the military occupation had brought to this sparsely populated island and its simple society.' " —New York Times on The Shadow Killer

"Indridason does a fine job evoking the place and time." —Publishers Weekly on The Shadow Killer

"Indridason builds suspense through a steady progression of extensive interviews with his sleuths doggedly prodding witnesses with dark probing questions. The result is a haunting and foreboding mood that will attract fans of Nordic noir." —Library Journal on The Shadow Killer

"Indridason’s voice, straightforward and tinged with sadness, works particularly well here, as he coaxes out tragic secrets and captures the occupation’s impact with intriguing period detail, particularly the social impact of Reykjavik’s emerging nightlife and the Icelandic Nationalist Party’s Nazi legacy." —Booklist on The Shadow Killer

"Indridason fills the void that remains after you've read Stieg Larsson's novels." —USA Today

“A haunting and elegant novel . . . a writer of astonishing gravitas and talent."—John Lescroart

“What’s Icelandic for “We have ourselves a winner?”—Newsday

"Mesmerizing.” —The Wall Street Journal


Reviews from Goodreads

Arnaldur Indridason

ARNALDUR INDRIÐASON has won many international prizes, including the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave. He is the only author to win the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel two years in a row, for Jar City and Silence of the Grave. He is an internationally bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than forty languages, and have sold over 12 million copies. He lives with his family in Reykjavik.

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Arnaldur Indridason



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