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The Legacy (Freyja and Huldar 1)

The Legacy (Freyja and Huldar 1)

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2000s: The First in the Freyja and Huldar series

  • ISBN: 978-1473621558
  • Translator: Victoria Cribb
  • Genre: Crime, Police Procedural

What you need to know before your trail

Detective Huldar is out of his depth. His first murder case is like nothing he’s seen before – a bizarre attack on a seemingly blameless woman.

The only evidence is a list of numbers found at the scene, and the testimony of the victim’s eleven-year-old daughter, who isn’t talking.

While his team attempt to crack the code, Huldar turns to child psychologist Freyja for her expertise with traumatised young people.

Because time is running out…and the one thing they know for certain is that the murderer will strike again.

Travel Guide

Travel BookTrail Style to Reykjavík

Freyja is director and psychologist at the Children’s House. This is a real life child protection unit in Iceland which has the remit of meeting the needs of young, traumatised and abused children. The main building is located in a residential area and decorated to look as normal and as like a house as possible. The centre facilitates contact between the child and the police .

Detectives Hulder and Rikhardur work from the city’s police HQ and their work with The Children’s House is difficult for obvious reasons. It’s an interesting premise for a crime fiction series and it examines a dark and unsettling part of society. This Children’s House method is apparently being adopted by other countries in real life.

The city and its culture feature throughout the book as a very chilly backdrop. Not many specific locations but a sense of the size, feel and workings of  city and its institutions.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Legacy

Destination: Reykjavík Author/guide:Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Departure Time: 2000s

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