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The Shadow Killer

(Reykjavik Wartime Mystery #2)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,301 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Reykjavík, August 1941. When a travelling sales rep is found murdered in a Reykjavík flat, killed by a bullet from a Colt 45, the police initially suspect a member of the Allied occupation force.

The British are in the process of handing over to the Americans and the streets of Reykjavík are crawling with servicemen whose relations with the local women are a major cause for
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 15th 2018 by Harvill Secker (first published 2015)
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This is historical fiction set in WW2 in Reykavik, Iceland in 1941, where the country has gained strategic significance for the Allied forces in the battle against Hitler's Nazi Germany, with Britain initially occupying, and then superseded in importance by the American military in the process of taking over. The streets swarm with servicemen who inevitably get involved with local women and prostitutes, leading to uneasy relations with Icelanders and the occupying forces. A young travelling sale ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing in comparison to, "The Shadow District." 2 of 10 stars
Jill Mackin
My second adventure into Nordic noir. I don't usually read mysteries, but I've read 2 books by the author and have enjoyed both stories.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Shadow Killer by Arnaldur Indridason.

Arnaldur Indridason is known for the Inspector Erlendur series for which he was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger Award is the only author to win the Glass Key Award for the Best Nordic Crime Novel two years in a row. This is his 2nd in the Reykajavik Wartime Mystery series. His 1st-The Shadow District won the Premio RBA de Novela Negra, the world's most lucrative crime fiction prize.

The most enjoyable as well as intriguing aspect of this book is the author's s
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic-noir
A good read that kept me page turning set in wartime Iceland. The plot was intriguing and Flovent and Thorson are two characters who I am enjoying getting to know.
Roman Clodia
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
In lots of ways this is a conventional police procedural but what gives it some level of credibility is the historical setting of Iceland in WW2. The crime story is flimsy and complicated with too many sub-plots (Nazi experiments, spying, blackmail, murder) and the investigation seems to go round in circles with too many suspects simply refusing to tell the investigators what they want to know in order to keep the plot revolving.

Despite some misgivings, the backdrop is fascinating with the Brit
Nancy Oakes
I seriously have to ask myself why the Hardy Boys book with the same name gets a higher rating than this book, which is so damn good.

The Shadow Killer and its predecessor The Shadow District, are both what I call historical crime fiction, and while it's true that The Shadow District starts out as a contemporary read, it is a blend of both present and past, and I've come to realize that this is a hallmark of pretty much all of Arnaldur Indridason's books. It was true in his Inspector Erlendur no
Dimitris Passas
I want to thank NetGalley and Minotaur Books for providing a free copy (in the Kindle e-book format) of this novel which i was expecting for some time as a devoted fan of Icelandic, and Nordic in general, crime fiction. Arnaldur Indridason, the writer of the excellent Inspector Erlendur book series, transports us to the gloomy times of the Second World War and also offers a historical account of the situation in the capital of Iceland, the city of Reykjavik, where British and American forces had ...more
Rowena Hoseason
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
In the Shadow series, Reykjavik is reeling, not from the onslaught of an armed invasion but from the cultural upheaval that comes when a ‘protective’ military takes up garrison; when the young people comes flooding in from the countryside, abandoning the seasonal pace of a simple life for the accelerated sophistication of urban existence. Too many of the new arrivals discovered only poverty, exploitation, deceit and abuse. In The Shadow Killer the policemen must mop up the mess when blood is spi ...more
Bruce Hatton
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: icelandic-crime
This novel, the second in the Reykjavik Wartime series is actually a prequel to the first novel The Shadow District. It is set in 1941, at a time Iceland was occupied by both British and American forces and chronicles the first meeting between the series’ two main characters: Flovent, a Reykjavik police officer and Thorson, a Canadian of Icelandic parentage who works for the U.S. military.
A travelling salesman is found shot dead by an American service revolver. Flovent and Thorson’s subsequent i
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, translation
The Shadow Killer is set in WWII in Iceland. It is the second in the Reykjavik wartime mystery series. Once again, we meet Thorson, an Icelandic Canadian, who is working as a military police officer and Flovent, the only detective on the Reykjavik police force.

A travelling salesman is found shot to death with a swastika painted on his forehead in blood. There's an interesting find in his luggage which Thorson investigates. The reason for this murder is questionable with two contrasting motives
World War 11 intrigue

World War II Reykjavík. It's 1941, a man is found dead, a cyanid pill in his suitcase. Iceland as an area of interest is host to armed forces from both the British and Americans
The murder investigation by a member of the understaffed Reykjavík police with the support of a Canadian RMP officer (officers Flóvent and Thorson) turn up a strange trail of events as they look at the why and what of the man they seek.
Lives are turned inside out, harsh events from the past come to li
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now to two books by the undisputed king of Icelandic crime, Arnaldur Indridason, The Shadow District, and The Shadow Killer, which I read back to back, and both set in wartime Reykjavik. My only slight annoyance with doing this, was that the first book is set in 1944, and the second in 1941, and as the first book ties up what happens to the two main protagonists in subsequent years, I was frustrated by going back in time in the second with this knowledge of the future in my head. On a more posit ...more
Kristinn Logi
Engin spenna, ágætt plott en ekki spennandi og fekk mig lítið til að reyna að sjá fyrir endann. Endinn gekk vel upp. Ágæt nostalgíulýsing á Reykajvík stríðsára. Pirrandi með eindæmum hvað samtölin í bókinni eru einsleit og löng, enginn vill svara neinu og bregðast allir illa við öllum spurningum. Hefði gefið henni 2,5 stjörnur
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Reykjavik wird ein Mann erschossen aufgefunden, den die Polizei zunächst für den Mieter der Wohnung hält, den Handelsreisenden Felix Lunden. Als Tatwaffe wird ein amerikanischer Colt ermittelt, der zum US-Militär zu führen scheint; denn Island ist seit Sommer 1941 von der US-Army besetzt. Beide Vermutungen erweisen sich bald als falsch. Die Ermittlungen führt der einheimische Polizist Flóvent durch, dem als Verbindungsmann zur US-Militärpolizei der Kanadier Thorson zugeteilt wird. Thorsons El ...more
Ken Fredette
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arnaldur Indridason has made main characters of Flovent and Thorson and did not say what would happen to them after the war. You read about them in the first book but he didn't repeat himself. In this book you met Eyvindur, a salesman, who was enamored with Vera but left him for a British soldier. Then we meet Felix Lunden and his father Rudolf Lunden, his nurse and housekeeper Brynhildur Holm and Rudolf's brother-in-law, Ebenezer Egilsson, who is the schools headmaster. It seems the story revol ...more
Vassiliki Dass
Un échec, malheureusement. Depuis la série Erlendur rien ne va plus. Des dialogues à n’en pas finir, aucun sens de la description de l’ambiance de l’époque, une intrigue molle à vouloir s’endormir et ce qui m’a frappé pour la première fois : tous les personnages parlent de la même manière, qu’ils soient profs, médecins ou délinquants. Non M. Idridason, je suis une de vos premières fans mais là je dois vous dire la vérité, il faudrait selon moi arrêter un peu d’écrire et prendre de la distance
mezza stelletta in più perché flòvent in confronto all'ispettore erlendur è un allegrone che potrebbe benissimo fare il capo villaggio al club med.
Anna Hardardottir
Fannst þessi bók ekki skemmtileg. Puffff
Gloria Feit
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, was occupied by British troops even if that country was neutral in World War II, and in the months before Pearl Harbor, U.S. Troops relieved the Tommies [as they were called] so they could return home and face the possible Nazi invasion. Iceland, of course, was a prominent way station for naval shipping across the Atlantic, with U-boat activity quite active. In the midst of this activity, a man is found murdered, shot in the head by a weapon commonly used by Am
Toni Osborne
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book# 2, in Reykjavik Wartime Mystery

Against the backdrop of occupied Iceland with the American GI replacing the British Tommies “The Shadow Killer” will have Flovent, of the Icelandic CID paired with Thorson, an Icelandic-Canadian, investigating the murder of a travelling salesman killed in the head by a bullet from a Colt 45 and what remained of his forehead has a swastika dabbed in blood. But this case becomes more complicated when the dead man was misidentified and another travelling salesma
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Shadow Killer is set in Iceland in 1941 during the change over from the British to U.S. troops. Tiny Iceland, which had been largely isolated, was first invaded by about 25,000 British troops. When the novel begins, the British are about to depart and the Yanks are taking over in even larger numbers.

A time of great upheaval--the war, the Allied troops, the cultural and social confrontations. A young man is found murdered with a bloody swastika on his forehead. The weapon, a Colt 45, is assoc
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is in a way very refreshing to read a book that is set almost 80 years ago, in a country that I've never been to (not that I don't want to...) and during a time I wasn't born yet.
Here no running around with mobile phones, driving around in fast cars or travelling through big cities. Here, we have Flovent and Thorson, two men with a very different background, that have to work together and they do this suprisingly well.
It is not very hard to see where the story leads but it is still interestin
Chiara LibriamociBlog
Ho amato il contesto, il panorama storico e spesso sconosciuto dell'occupazione islandese da parte di britannici e statunitensi nel secondo conflitto mondiale.
Ho apprezzato lo spunto per l'inizio dell'indagine di questo omicidio che unisce passione, esercito e storia.
Ho amato l'indagine fitta, i dialoghi carichi di indizi e informazioni, l'oscurità del passato e gli intrecci narrativi.
Mi sono sentita parte integrante delle pagine sfogliate, come se l'autore invitasse a provare sciogliere la mata
Barbara Valotto
3 stelle e 1/2 per un giallo che ha un tono narrativo scorrevole e abbastanza intrigante, anche se ha una trama non originalissima e forse tirata un po' per le lunghe.
This novel in Nordic Noir genre is set in World War 2. Somewhat simplistic in plot without a defined mystery. Arnaldur Indridason’s writing seems effortless, this novel however might not be Indridason's best effort.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the throwback series- set pre-Erlendur in the Second World War era. If Arnaldur killed off any more modern-day characters, that would probably be more homicides than have actually happened in Iceland.
Örvar Steingrímsson
Bókin gerist árið 1941 og gefur skemmtilega mynd af hvernig ástandið var á þessum tíma. Fjallar um Flóvent rannsóknarmann og Thorson sem er vestur íslendur og vinnur fyrir Bandaríkjamenn. Þeir eru að rannsaka morð á manni sem finnst í íbúð og virðist hafa verið drepinn með vopni frá bandarískum hermanni.
Rennur fínt í gegn og ágætlega áhugaverð en verður sjaldan spennandi eða fær mann til að vera mjög áhugasaman um að leysa "ráðgátuna". Endar svo bara allt í einu og lítill aðdragandi að sjálfum e
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

I read the Kindle edition.

The year is 1941 and Flovent is an investigator with the Reykjavik police. He is a relative newcomer to murders in a city that is relatively free of that sort of crime. The victim has been shot in the face, his billfold id missing and his name is Felix Lunden. A swastika is traced on his forehead in his own blood.

In his spare time, Flovent has been lobbying for photographs to be taken at crime scenes and for Iceland to institute a fingerprint system for criminals
Michael Martz
'The Shadow Killer', another of Indridason's novels based in Iceland at the time of its occupation by Allied forces in WWII, was a slog to get through with no real payoff at the end. As usual in his books, I enjoy reading about an exotic location and its inhabitants, and I particularly like learning about Iceland's experience during the war. I can only imagine what it was like to live in an insular society on a cold, remote island in the middle of the ocean and to suddenly be overrun and occupie ...more
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Arnaldur Indriðason has the rare distinction of having won the Nordic Crime Novel Prize two years running. He is also the winner of the highly respected and world famous CWA Gold Dagger Award for the top crime novel of the year in the English language, Silence of the Grave.
Arnaldur’s novels have sold over twelve million copies worldwide, in 40 languages, and have won numerous well-respected prize

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