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The Darkness : A Thriller.
2018
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<p> Spanning the icy streets of Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is an atmospheric thriller from Ragnar Jonasson, one of the most exciting names in Nordic Noir. <br> <br> The body of a young Russian woman washes up on an Icelandic shore. After a cursory investigation, the death is declared a suicide and the case is quietly closed.</p> <p>Over a year later Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavík police is forced into early retirement at 64. She dreads the loneliness, and the memories of her dark past that threaten to come back to haunt her. But before she leaves she is given two weeks to solve a single cold case of her choice. She knows which one: the Russian woman whose hope for asylum ended on the dark, cold shore of an unfamiliar country. Soon Hulda discovers that another young woman vanished at the same time, and that no one is telling her the whole story. Even her colleagues in the police seem determined to put the brakes on her investigation. Meanwhile the clock is ticking.</p> <p>Hulda will find the killer, even if it means putting her own life in danger.</p>
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*Starred Review* Reykjavik Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir dreads her looming retirement. Yes, her career stalled years ago when it became apparent that solid detection couldn't compensate for her inability to build rapport with fellow detectives. But she's blindsided when she's abruptly informed that she's being forced into immediate retirement to make room for her popular replacement. Hulda insists on working through her two-weeks' notice, and manages to win a final go at a cold case. A little over a year earlier, Elena, a young Russian woman seeking asylum in Iceland, was found floating in an isolated cove. Hulda's colleague, arguably the CID's laziest investigator, chalked the case up to suicide. It doesn't take long for Hulda to discredit the suicide theory: Elena was celebrating approval of her asylum application the day she disappeared. When Hulda learns that a local kingpin may have trafficked Elena to Iceland for prostitution, she abandons her customary caution and chases the lead. Jónasson alternates Hulda's final police investigation with the tragic stories of her childhood and her teenage daughter's suicide, and the emerging picture casts intriguing doubt on Hulda's allegiance to the letter of the law. A complex, fascinating mix of Icelandic community and alienation, atmospheric tension, and timely issues (immigrant exploitation and vigilante justice), Jónasson's latest series is another must-read for crime fans who follow the work of Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir.--Christine Tran Copyright 2018 Booklist
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