Chilled to the Bone
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A businessman is found dead—tied to a bed in an upscale hotel—and an Iceland police sergeant investigates: “This procedural series [is] a standout” (Kirkus Reviews).
When Sgt. Gunnhildur Gísladóttir of the local police force is called in to investigate the death of a man found tied to a bed in one of Reykjavík’s nicest hotels, she finds no sign of criminal activity—but suspects there may be more to this fatality than meets the eye. Could the death of the ship owner be related to a local gangster’s recent return to Iceland after many years abroad?
What begins as a straightforward case for Gunnhildur soon explodes into a dangerous investigation, involving a discreet society that ruthless men will go to violent extremes to keep secret, in this “solid police procedural with some genuinely rewarding surprises” (Booklist).
Bates's third novel starring Icelandic Police Sergeant Gunna Gisladottir (after 2012's Cold Comfort) gives American readers the flavor of another place, but without a truly compelling storyline. Gunna is called in when the corpse of Johannes Karlsson, a haddock baron, is found in a Reykjavik hotel, tied to a bed. Bates reveals the reason for the bondage early on, showing an attractive con artist named Hekla luring another S&M client to a different hotel room, and stealing his money. Meanwhile news that three men and a woman who disappeared from Germany two years earlier have turned up dead in Libya reaches one of the minister's political advisor, leaving readers curious as to how these storylines connect. The author tosses in an ex-con muscleman nicknamed Bigfoot as well, but the ultimate resolution of the storylines is disappointing, and Gunna proves to be a rather bland lead.