The Darkness

#1 of The Hulda series,
by Ragnar Jónasson, Iceland,
translated by Victoria Cribb.
Forced into early retirement, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik police is told she can investigate one last cold case of her choice. Her choice? A Russian woman seeking asylum who washed up on a remote Icelandic beach. Hulda discovers another woman disappeared at that time, and there's more to find out. As she gets closer to the truth, spanning the icy streets of Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, her colleagues try to stop her investigation, and the clock ticks to a shocking end.
Paperback, 324pp. 2015/Eng2018