In this novella, Boston Homicide detective Magnus has just finished a six-month stint in the Icelandic Police College to learn Icelandic police procedures. He’s on extended loan to the Iceland police forces as an experienced investigator and probably the only one in Boston who speaks fluent Icelandic.
His first case after finishing his training is the death of a construction worker, killed by a landslide while repairing a road. The man was unpopular and the local constable thinks the death is suspicious. It happened in Bolungarvik, otherwise known as at the edge of nowhere. (N.B. It’s a real place.) The locals think the man was killed by the “hidden people,” i.e. elves.
It’s a good story and a nice introduction to Magnus. Ridpath conveys a real sense of place. I suspected who the killer was fairly early on, if not the motivation, and knew it had to be tragic. After all, it did take place at the edge of nowhere.
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