The discovery of a corpse washed up on a beach in an Icelandic backwater sparks a series of events that propels the village of Hvalvík’s police sergeant Gunnhildur into deep waters.
Although under pressure to deal with the matter quickly, she is suspicious that the man’s death was no accident and once she has identified the body, sets about investigating his final hours.
The case takes Gunnhildur away from her village and into a cosmopolitan world of shady deals, government corruption and violence as she tries to find out who it was that made sure the young man drowned on a dark night one hundred kilometres from where he should have been – and why.
Chilled To The Bone
When a shipowner is found dead, tied to a bed in one of Reykjavik’s smartest hotels, Sergeant Gunnhildur sees no evidence of foul play.
She still suspects things are not as cut and dried as they seem and stumbles across a discreet bondage society whose members are being systematically exploited and blackmailed.
But how does all this connect to a local gangster recently returned to Iceland after many years abroad?
What begins as a straightforward case for Gunnhildur soon explodes into a dangerous investigation, uncovering secrets that ruthless men are ready to go to violent extremes to keep.
It’s the tail end of a hot summer when half of Reykjavík is on holiday and the other half wishes it was. Things are quiet when a man is reported missing from his home in the suburbs.
As Gunna and Helgi investigate, it becomes clear that the missing man had secrets of his own that lead to a sinister set of friends, and to someone with little to lose who is a fugitive from both justice and the underworld.
It becomes a challenge for Gunna to tail both the victim and his would-be executioner, racing to catch up with at least one of them before they finally meet.
When two small-time crooks rob Reykjavik’s premier drugs dealer, hoping for a quick escape to the sun, their plans start to unravel after their getaway driver fails to show.
Tensions mount between the pair and the two women they have grabbed as hostages when they find themselves holed up in an isolated country hotel.
Back in the capital, Gunnhildur and her team are faced with a set of riddles while the two increasingly desperate lowlifes have no choice but to make some big decisions on how to get rid of their accidental hostages…
Reykjavík detective Gunnhildur Gísladóttir tries not to believe in ghosts. But when her colleague Helgi reckons he’s seen a man who had been declared dead more than fifteen years ago, she reluctantly gives him some unofficial leeway to look into it.
Has the not-so-dead man returned from the grave to settle old scores, or has he just decided to take a last look around his old haunts?
Either way, there are people who have nursed grudges for years, hoping for a reckoning one day.