Book Review: ‘The Shadow Killer’ By Arnaldur Indridason

Arnaldur Indridason is back with his second book in his Shadow series. The Shadow Killer will be available in stores on Tuesday, May 29 from Minotaur Books.

A man is found dead in his apartment in 1941 in Reykjavik (the story takes place there), shot in the head by a pistol. It is a special type of gun that is usually only used by the troops that are there. In this case the Brits. Officer Flovent is assisgned the case and they assume they have ID on the body. They soon learn the dead person is not who they though he was. This raises the question of who was he and why was he in this apartment and was shot.

Thorton is soon called to assist Flovent on the case since he can speak the language (even though he has little police experience). Together they start tracking down leads and people that knew associated with the deceased. It also leads them to a potential German spy ring and a school for boys where things are not what they seem to be.

I didn’t read the first novel but the team of Flovent and Thorton have good chemistry and are a pair to be reckoned with. Each has their own issues but put the job first. It’s a standard partner investigation story that at times dragged but overall a good, straight forward story.

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