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Gold Dagger Award–winner Indridason stumbles in his third Reykjavik thriller to feature Insp. Erlendur Sveinsson (after 2006's Silence of the Grave). A few days before Christmas, Erlendur and his colleagues, Elínborg and Sigurdur Óli, look into the scandalous murder of Gudlaugur, a local Santa Claus, at a busy hotel. As Erlendur and his team scramble to find a motive for the seemingly senseless crime, disturbing secrets from Gudlaugur's past begin to surface. In a hotel full of foreign holiday guests, Erlendur investigates everyone from a slippery British record collector to a sullen maid who reminds Erlendur of his own daughter. Snippets of a previous investigation involving child abuse distract from the Gudlaugur case. Despite a drawn-out climax where Erlendur tries to put all the pieces together, most readers will predict the terrible secret that led to Gudlaugur's death. (Oct.)
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Another great read. As with prior books, this one contains a complex murder plot that does not lend to easy answers, ongoing development of major characters and a deep examination... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Mealoaf
Erlendur is such a great anti-hero: he works around problems in such interesting and unique ways. You never know where he is headed. Terrific story by a master of the genre!Published 1 month ago by Mary Ellen Purkis
I think the best book of the series so far, can't wait to read the next one...Published 3 months ago by Ginette Labrosse