The Shadow District

The Shadow District

A Thriller

Book - 2017
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The past: In wartime Reykjavik, a young woman is found strangled in 'the shadow district', a rough and dangerous area of the city. An Icelandic detective and a member of the American military police are on the trail of a brutal killer. The present: A 90-year-old man is discovered dead on his bed, smothered with his own pillow. Konrad, a former detective now bored with retirement, finds newspaper cuttings reporting the WWII shadow district murder the dead man's home. It's a crime that Konrad remembers, having grown up in the same neighborhood. Why, after all this time, would an old crime resurface? Did the police arrest the wrong man? Will Konrad's link to the past help him solve the case and finally lay the ghosts of WWII Reykjavik to rest?
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250124029
1250124026
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Cribb, Victoria. - Translator

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The Shadow District skillfully weaves two mysteries together. In present time, an elderly man’s death, first thought to be due to natural causes, is later revealed as a murder. While unofficially investigating, Konrad discovers a link to a cold case involving the strangulation of a young woman an... Read More »


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DawnLib16
Dec 12, 2017

This is the first book I have read by Indridason and saw reviews that say not to judge his writing with this one book.

I found this book to be confusing and tedious. Perhaps it was the translation, but I got lost going back in forth in time because of too many characters and family connections that were sometimes fuzzy. In addition, I felt some of the aspects to solving the crime to be quite a stretch.

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maipenrai
Jan 10, 2017

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 neighbourhood bordered by the National Theatre and an abattoir. 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 Man from Manitoba is the first in a thrilling new series of novels by the worldwide bestseller Arnaldur Indridason.

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