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Ragnar Jónasson, trans. from the French by David Warriner. Orenda (IPG, dist.), $24.95 (276p) ISBN 978-1-913193-46-1

The discovery of a young woman’s body on the main street of the remote town of Siglufjörður propels Jónasson’s outstanding final Dark Iceland mystery featuring police inspector Ari Thór Arason (after 2019’s Rupture). The victim, later identified as 19-year-old Unnur, fell from a balcony overlooking the street, but was it an accident? Or did Unnur jump—or, worse, was she pushed? In classic procedural style, Ari Thór tries to piece together what happened to this “quiet, studious” girl who was still living at home with her mother, but he makes little progress, with no witnesses and no obvious suspects. The stakes rise when Ari Thór learns that a patient in a local nursing home scrawled “She was murdered” on the wall of his room after hearing about the death. How this distinctive lead relates to the people of Siglufjörður is as intriguing as the crime solving. That this is a translation of the French translation of the original Icelandic edition is no impediment to enjoyment. Series fans will be sorry to see the last of Ari Thór. Agent: David Headley, DHH Literary (U.K.). (Mar.)