Read and discuss literature with our Nordic Book Club Online! On December 5, we’ll be discussing Reykjavik: A Crime Story by Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir and international best-selling crime fiction author Ragnar Jónasson, a lauded novel set during a transformative time in Iceland’s history — 1986, a year that saw the city’s 200th anniversary and the Reagan-Gorbachev conference. P.M. Jakobsdóttir and Jónasson joined us for a discussion on the book this past September; watch it here.
In 1956, 14-year-old Lára decides to spend the summer working for a couple on the small island of Videy, just off the coast of Reykjavík, only to disappear without a trace in early August. As time passes, the mystery becomes Iceland’s most infamous unsolved case. What happened to the young girl? Is she still alive? Did she leave the island, or did something happen to her there?
Thirty years later, as the city of Reykjavík celebrates its 200th anniversary, journalist Valur Robertsson begins his own investigation into Lára’s case. But as he draws closer to discovering the secret, and with the eyes of Reykjavík upon him, it soon becomes clear that Lára’s disappearance is a mystery that someone will stop at nothing to keep unsolved…
“A slow-burning, spellbinding whodunit. Agatha Christie, to whom it’s dedicated, would be proud” —Kirkus Reviews
“A beautifully constructed mystery by two super smart partners in crime”—Anthony Horowitz, New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders
“This is Nordic noir at its most authoritative”—Financial Times