UK Publication Date: 3 Mar 2016. 288 pages.
Thin Ice is the fifth book in the Icelandic detective series featuring Officer Gunnhildur although it does work quite well as a standalone story if you haven’t read any of the others. This was my first Quentin Bates book and I’ll definitely be going back and reading the rest of this series.
Ossur, a small time crook, hires to some muscle to help him rob Alli the Cornershop – one of Reykjavik’s largest drug dealers. Things begin to go awry when they exit the premises and the getaway driver has disappeared and they are forced to hijack a car to escape. Now they have two female hostages and even more of a price on their head.
This is a book filled with characters from the solid unflappable policewoman Gunna to pragmatic unemployed fisherman Magni who gets caught up in something far beyond his expectations and the flighty Tinna Lind who is still living a student lifestyle and absolving herself of any real responsibility. Despite the nature of the story it feels quite a light read and is easy to follow once you get to grips with the Icelandic names.
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