The Shadow Killer (Paperback)

A Thriller (The Flovent and Thorson Thrillers #2)

By Arnaldur Indridason

Picador, 9781250138163, 368pp.

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (5/29/2018)
Library Binding, Large Print (7/11/2018)

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

"One of the most brilliant crime writers of his generation."–The London Sunday Times

"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

"No wonder Arnaldur Indridason won so many awards. He's a great storyteller, and American readers will overwhelmingly agree." –C.J. Box

"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

"There's always a solid sense of history in Arnaldur Indridason's moody Icelandic mysteries. With his usual delicate touch, Indridason weaves in just enough folklore to remind us that a nation can never live down its legends."—New York Times Book Review

"The intertwining stories will keep readers engaged until the book’s unexpected ending; also absorbing are Indridason’s characters, who make wartime and today’s Iceland come to life. The dialogue rings true and impart a forthright yet gentle tone that matches the harsh but dreamy landscape, which is lovingly described."—Booklist

"With minimalist prose, Indridason skillfully weaves the present-day murder with the past in this classic whodunit that ends with a satisfying and logical resolution."—Kirkus Reviews

"Outstanding series launch...Indridason provides a great window into Icelandic culture as he explores his recurring themes of greed and abuse of power."—Publishers Weekly (starred)

"A welcome addition from a master of the genre."—Library Journal (starred)

"Terrific...the deftly spun Shadow District leaves us eager to read the next installment in the series."—Chicago Tribune