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Harvill Secker, 2011 - Detective and mystery stories - 288 pages
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In a flat near Reykjavik city centre, a young man lies dead in a pool of blood although there are no signs of a break-in or any struggle. A purple shawl, found under the bed, gives off a strong and unusual aroma. A vial of narcotics found in the victim's pocket among other clues soon lead Erlendur's colleagues down a trail of hidden violence, psychological brutality and of wrongs that will never be fully righted.

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User Review  - stevebishop - LibraryThing

Indridason's usual Reykjavik detective Erlendur is absent in this book, his side kick Eilinborg has to take up the case. She equips herself well. Much of the book is given over to her cooking and her family details. Read full review

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User Review  - CarltonC - LibraryThing

This is the seventh Icelandic Erlendur crime novel and benefits from being read in order. The series main protagonist until now, Erlendur, is not present in this story as he has gone back East ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

ARNALDUR INDRIDASON worked for many years as a journalist and critic before he began writing novels. Outside Iceland, he is best known for his crime novels featuring Erlendur, Elínborg and Sigurdur Óli, which are consistent bestsellers across Europe. The series has won numerous awards, including the Nordic Glass Key and the CWA Gold Dagger. His most recent novel is Operation Napoleon.

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