The darkness knows

Arnaldur Indriðason, 1961-

Book - 2021

"Retired detective Konrad returns to a haunting cold case in The Darkness Knows by Arnaldur Indridason, the "undisputed King of the Icelandic thriller." -The Guardian (UK) A frozen body is discovered in the icy depths of Langjökull glacier, apparently that of a businessman who disappeared thirty years before. At the time, an extensive search and police investigation yielded no results-one of the missing man's business associates was briefly held in custody, but there wasn't enough evidence to charge him. Now the associate is arrested again and Konrad, the retired policeman who originally investigated the disappearance, is called back to reopen the case that has weighed on his mind for decades. When a woman him with new information that she obtained from her deceased brother, progress can finally be made in solving this long-cold case. In The Darkness Knows, the master of Icelandic crime writing reunites readers with Konrad, the unforgettable retired detective from The Shadow District. This is a powerful and haunting story about the poisonous secrets and cruel truths that time eventually uncovers"--

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Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
New York : Minotaur Books 2021.
Main Author
Arnaldur Indriðason, 1961- (author)
Other Authors
Victoria Cribb (translator)
First U.S. edition
Item Description
"First published in Iceland under the title Myrkrid veit by Vaka-Helgafell"
Physical Description
338 pages ; 24 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

Retired Rekjavik detective Konrád is drawn back to the world he knows best when the body of a missing person who haunted him turns up in a melting glacier. Wealthy fisherman Sigurvin's car was found at Rejkjavik's abandoned water tanks at the time of his disappearance, but, despite years of hunting, Konrád found no sign of the fisherman. Many believed that Sigurvin's business partner, Hjaltalín, was responsible, and he spent his life under that cloud. As media attention returns to Sigurvin's case, a woman begs Konrád to investigate the death of her brother, Villi, in a recent unsolved hit-and-run. When Villi was a young child, he met a strange, threatening man among the abandoned water tanks where Sigurvin disappeared. Konrád knows instinctively that Villi is the key to solving the Sigurvin mystery, and doggedly sets about breaking down decades of lies created to separate Icelanders' small worlds. In this rewarding gumshoe investigation focused on complex deceptions and unlikely coincidences, introspective Konrád faces his failures, both in marriage and policing here, and finds resolution, if not peace.

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of Indridason's superb sequel to 2017's The Shadow District, a melting glacier reveals the body of Reykjavík businessman Sigurvin, who has been missing for 30 years. The discovery comes as a shock to retired detective Konrád, who worked on the case back then, and leads to the rearrest and imprisonment of Hjaltalín, a disgruntled associate of Sigurvin's, who was arrested after Sigurvin vanished and released due to lack of evidence. Now dying, Hjaltalín insists that Konrád, who was never convinced of Hjaltalín's guilt, find the real killer by striking at Konrád's Achilles' heel, his vicious sham-medium father, "a bit of a devil." Konrád, who suspects he has inherited his father's evil nature, fears he can't restrain himself from violently attacking the criminals he pursues. Konrád painstakingly unravels a tangled skein of old betrayals and deceit in a city, Reykjavík, where he increasingly feels like a tourist, uncovering layer after layer of culpability. As in the old Icelandic sagas, the author strips bare such archetypal human concerns as revenge, honor, and family loyalty. Konrád, who still misses his beloved wife six years after she died of cancer, is an irresistible lead. Indridason is writing at the top of his game. (Aug.)

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Review by Library Journal Review

Retired detective Konrad returns to a cold case that has haunted him for three decades: the disappearance of a businessman whose body has just been found deep in the Langjokull glacier. First in a new series from CWA Gold Dagger Award and two-time Glass Key winner Indridason; with a 40,000-copy first printing.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

The reopening of a cold case brings sketchy characters out of the woodwork and triggers deep emotion in a retired detective. While exploring an Icelandic glacier, a group of German tourists stumble upon the well-preserved corpse of Sigurvin, a young man who disappeared 30 years ago. Konrád, the retired detective who worked the case, gets a call from his friend Svanhildur, a pathologist at the National Hospital, urging him to take a look at the body. A large head wound confirms that the death was most likely murder. Konrád has long believed that Hjaltalín, a man who threatened Sigurvin, was responsible for his death. The suspect was never brought to justice but suffered public infamy. When Hjaltalín, now elderly and frail, is taken into custody, he requests a meeting with Konrád, professes his innocence, and pleads to be exonerated--and then, days later, he dies. Once Konrád reluctantly begins a new investigation, he notices glaring omissions in the record and gets an odd visit from a woman whose brother, killed in a suspicious car accident, may have witnessed the crime as a child. His labyrinthine probe unearths secrets that have been buried for decades. Indridason methodically builds a portrait of Iceland with a large cast of nuanced characters unsettled by past events. In dredging up the past, Konrád must also confront his complex relationship with his own abusive father, whose murder was unsolved as well. The intricate plot poignantly depicts community crosscurrents, past and present. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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