Reykjavík is in the grip of the hard Icelandic winter, when the body of a 10 year old boy is found in a children’s park near to a block of flats in one of the city’s more run down areas. Born in Reykjavík to a Thai mother and Icelandic father, now divorced, Elías was stabbed on his way home from school.
Erlendur, Elínborg and Sigurður Óli try to work out the motive – a racist reaction to Iceland’s increasing multi-culturalism, or something else? Elías’ Thai half brother, Niran, is nowhere to be found.
And we learn a little more about Erlender’s childhood and the death of his brother. There are other deaths too.
In a similar way to Henning Mankell’s Wallander, Arnaldur Indriðason’s Reykjavík murder mystery series poses questions about modern society, through the particular lens of this remote island in the middle of the Arctic, settled by the Norse over a thousand year’s ago and with a very strong sense of its history and identity.
For context and more background on the Reykjavík / Erlendur mysteries, read Crime Fiction Lover’s A Guide to Arnaldur Indriðason’s Detective Erlendur.
Publisher page: Arctic Chill – Arnaldur Indriðason