The Shadow Killer: A Thriller (The Flovent and Thorson Thrillers #2) (Paperback)

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This is book number 2 in the The Flovent and Thorson Thrillers series.

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Detective Flovent is currently the only detective in Reykjavik’s Criminal Investigation department, so he is in charge of the murder investigation when a dead man is discovered in an apartment, shot with a Colt 45, an American weapon.  It is 1941, until recently Iceland was a quiet country with a low crime rate, murder an unusual occurrence.  But the war brought the Brits and now the Americans.  The country is crawling with servicemen, young women are being seduced, gin joints are flourishing, change is happening rapidly.  Because the weapon is connected to the servicemen, Flovent involves his counterpart from the base, Canadian Officer Thorson.  With little to go on, uncooperative people to interview, and a possible war connection, they find the case becoming more sinister.  Flovent and Thorson are great characters!  They are dedicated, professional, and even more important, kind.  Indridason has a winning team in a setting he portrays so well it feels like you are there.

— Deon Stonehouse


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.

About the Author

ARNALDUR INDRIÐASON won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave and 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. Strange Shores was nominated for the 2014 CWA Gold Dagger Award.

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250138163
ISBN-10: 1250138167
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: August 6th, 2019
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: The Flovent and Thorson Thrillers