The Killing Bay: A Faroes Novel

Titan. Feb. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781783297061. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781783297078. M
In Ould's follow-up to 2016's The Blood Strand, English detective Jan Reyná, born on the Danish-controlled Faroes Islands but raised in England, is back to solve crime in his native land. Working with Det. Hjalti Hentze, he investigates the murder of a newly arrived member of the Atlantic Wildlife Conservation Alliance. This group of outspoken activists was recently protesting the traditional Faroese whale hunt until the woman turned up dead. As in the first book, Reyná assists with the local investigation, especially since Hentze has family ties that place him unprofessionally close to the case. Reyná also continues to learn about the private ways of the Faroese people and the secrets they keep, many of which they do not share with outsiders. Although the activist victim's actions were perhaps environmentally sound, they did not necessarily make her friends among the locals, leading to a plethora of suspects.
VERDICT Ould's strange, remote setting and the even stranger people make for an intriguing read, especially combined with a hero who is almost as prickly as his forefathers and yet manages to solve even the most complex crimes.

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