A woman is discovered dead in her prison cell. Detective Gudgeir and his colleagues investigate the complicated case that turns out to have far-reaching implications going all the way back to a massive earthquake, that shook Iceland in the year 2000, where a young man disappeared without a trace. What is the connection between these two cases, separated by nearly two decades?
SILENCED is the latest of Icelandic native Sólveig Pálsdóttir‘s books in the stand-alone series of detective Gudgeir and his team. It tells the story of keeping up public appearances no matter what the cost and raises the question of how far families are willing to go to protect their secrets….




THE FOX (2017)

It‘s a snowy day in January when a small plane lands in a tiny town east of Vatnajökull glacier. Among the passengers is a young woman from Sri Lanka who thinks she‘s there to start a new life working at the local beauty parlour. Instead she finds herself working as a cleaner in an isolated country home beneath the looming mountains of the Eastfjords, whose jagged cliffs resemble razorblades. Her new employer is Selma, an elderly woman with a difficult past, and her son Ísak.

Detective Guðgeir Fransson is now working as a security guard in the village, after being temporarily suspended from his job at the Reykjavik Police Force pending an investigation into his alleged breach of discipline. He hears rumours in the village of the disappearance of a young foreign woman that arouse his interest and he decides to start his own investigation. It’s almost as if the woman never existed…..




Helga was sitting against the wall in the break room of S. Meyvantsson & Co.‘s warehouse, with her legs flat on the floor and leaning a little bit to the left. She was dressed in a black velvet skirt and a bright yellow, short- sleeved shirt, with prominent shoulder-pads. A yellow and black silk scarf was tied delicately around her neck.

Her pale, thin arms lay limply by her side and she had an air of vulnerability as she sat there with one shoe off. The shoe lay beside her on the brown felt carpet, the leather on the blue heel so worn that you could see through to the metal underneath. Her tights had ladders snaking up both thighs but her auburn hair she always took such pride in, fell in soft curls down to her narrow shoulders. At this angle it seemed longer on the left side …




A prominent middle-aged businessman is found dead on a golf course in the south of Iceland. The same day a sensational course of events kicks off in Reykjavík, when an explosion rocks a whaling boat in the harbour and a group of young people hold demonstrations outside restaurants that have whale meat on the menu. The under-staffed police force has plenty to deal with, and on top of it all Særos, on whom senior officer Gudgeir normally relies, is not as cool-headed as she usually is. Soon events take a surprising turn … What had seemed a peaceful autumn suddenly looks very different. (246 pp) … 




THE ACTOR (2012)

They waited in complete silence and Alda could feel the tension growing in the room. Why didn‘t the man begin? Why didn‘t he say his piece? She looked fixedly at him. He turned slowly, his eyes flicker- ing from one place to another. Their eyes met for an instant. Then she saw it. The anguish. During the shooting of the final scene in a movie, the main star, one of the country‘s most admired actors, drops down and dies in front of the photography team on the set who are unable to prevent it. One of the people present is Alda, the props manager, who has a colourful past. The life of the actor, however, seems to have been beyond reproach – no disorder, no enemies … When his death turns out to be murder, the police initiate a complicated investigation – but the bewitching Alda is never far off, curious about everything and everyone. The Actor is an extremely lively and powerful bestseller, with a fast-moving plot and vivid characters ….