An elderly couple are worried about their granddaughter. They know she's been smuggling drugs, and now she's gone missing. Looking for help, they turn to Konrad, a former policeman whose reputation precedes him. Always absent-minded, he constantly ruminates on the fate of his father, who was stabbed to death decades ago. But digging into the past reveals much more than anyone set out to discover, and a little girl who drowned in the Reykjavik city pond unexpectedly captures everyone's attention.
It impresses me to no end that Indridason crosses the paths of the various narratives to create a compelling tale. The Girl By the Bridge shows the dark side of a country and town accustomed mostly to lightness, and it will shake readers in the same way that it does Detective Konrad.