On a cold January morning in 1973,
inside a stately old house in Reykjavik, blood pools around Jacob Kieler Junior
from a fatal gunshot wound to his chest. Detective Jóhann Pálsson, an expert in
the emerging field of forensics, is called to the scene and soon discovers
something more unsettling than the murder itself: the deceased’s father, Jacob
Kieler Senior, a railroad engineer, was shot to death in the same living room
nearly thirty years earlier. The case was officially closed as a botched
Pálsson soon uncovers diaries that
portray Kieler Senior as an ambitious man dedicated to bringing the railroad to
Iceland no matter the cost. Sensing a deeper and darker mystery afoot, the
detective and his colleagues piece together through the elder Kieler’s diaries
a family history rich with deceit.
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