By Arnaldur Indridason
On an icy January day the Reykjavik police are referred to as to a block of apartments the place a physique has been present in the backyard: a tender, dark-skinned boy, frozen to the floor in a pool of his personal blood. the invention of a stab wound in his abdominal extinguishes any desire that this was once a sad twist of fate. Erlendur and his staff embark on their research with little to move on however the information that the boy's Thai half-brother is lacking. Is he implicated, or just afraid for his personal lifestyles? The research quickly reveals tensions simmering underneath the skin of Iceland's outwardly liberal, multicultural society. A instructor on the boy's university makes no mystery of his anti-immigration stance; incidents are suggested among Icelandic scholars and the disaffected little ones of incomers; and, to confuse issues extra, a suspected paedophile has been noticed within the quarter. in the meantime, the boy's homicide forces Erlendur to confront the tragedy in his personal previous. quickly, proof are rising from the snow-filled darkness which are extra chilling even than the Arctic evening.
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I don't know him that well, like I said, but I get the impression that he's much tougher. He's not afraid to stand up for himself and he's proud of his origins, proud of being Thai. You don't find that among the children very often, not among any of them really; they seem to know precious little about their origins. I noticed that about him once when he was talking about his great-grandfather. Niran had great respect for him. ' Sunee's next-door neighbour was a man of about seventy who lived alone.
Not very professional,' Sigurdur Óli said. ' Erlendur asked, ignoring his remark. ' 'I checked that on the way here,' Elínborg said. ' Erlendur glanced down at his coat. He was cold. ' 'We've got him in one of the stairwells,' Sigurdur Óli said. 'He waited for us. Called from his mobile. Every kid carries a mobile phone these days. ' 'I'll talk to him,' Erlendur said. 'You check whether they can find the boy's tracks through the garden. If he was bleeding he might have left a trail. ' Sigurdur Óli mumbled to deaf ears.
The principal gasped, and Sigurdur Óli saw him turn pale. '... talk to his classmates, the school staff, other people who knew him. We think he was murdered. ' The caretaker had followed Sigurdur Óli into the office. She stood in the doorway, gasping and instinctively covering her mouth, staring at the detective as if unable to believe her ears. 'He was half-Thai, the boy,' Sigurdur Óli continued. ' 'Many of them . . ' the principal said vacantly, sinking slowly into his chair. He was almost seventy, had been a teacher all his life, but was quite looking forward to retirement.
Arctic Chill (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 5) by Arnaldur Indridason