Grant was born and raised in New Zealand and has also lived in Australia and more recently, Northern Ireland. He first visited Reykjavík in 2009 and after six visits in the space of five years he has finally decided to make the city his home.
A cryptic message left next to a charred corpse in the middle of Reykjavík leaves police worried they have a gang war on their hands.
Across town Detective Grímur Karlsson investigates a missing girl from a nice suburban family and gets far too close to the truth for his own good.
It becomes clear the two cases are connected and Karlsson doggedly pursues the trail that leads from junkies on the seedy streets of Reykjavík all the way to the very top of Icelandic society.