HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason
Loading...
MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,867893,700 (3.71)200
Recently added bylaesekredsen, private library, KRoan, andersongs, LarsTH, cathylattin
  1. 20
    Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indriðason (bcquinnsmom)
  2. 10
    Lonely Hearts by John Harvey (ansate)
    ansate: Erlendur and Resnick remind me a lot of each other, and both series paint vivid pictures of the cities where they take place.
  3. 00
    The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (Disco_grinch)
  4. 00
    Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (dreamydress48)
  5. 00
    The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo (Disco_grinch)
  6. 00
    Pyroman by Jón Hallur Stefánsson (2810michael)
  7. 00
    The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indriðason (Anonymous user)
  8. 11
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (ANeumann)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 200 mentions

English (75)  French (2)  Dutch (2)  Spanish (2)  Swedish (2)  German (2)  Norwegian (2)  Catalan (1)  Danish (1)  All languages (89)
Showing 1-5 of 75 (next | show all)
Really 3.5 stars. This was a first-rate police procedural as well as a slight jab at the Icelandic gene pool. The strength of this, as Elizabeth notes in her review, is that the reader is always learning facts and clues alongside the detectives; however, the withholding of the first clue until midway through the book made no narrative sense. I found some of the "at home" episodes a bit overdrawn, as if Erlendur's life must be in turmoil for him to either do his job properly—perhaps out of a shared sense of suffering with the victims—or else to elicit the reader's sympathy for him; I also found his daughter to be rather annoying.

I look forward to reading more of Indridason's work as well as exploring in more depth the contemporary European crime/mystery scene, a scene that puts the American and even most British counterparts to shame. ( )
  proustitute | Jul 17, 2014 |
Tainted Blood/Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason is my third book in this police procedural series.

This is actually the first of the series and it's original title was Jar City. Detective Erlendur (Erlendur is his first name as in Iceland that is how people are referred to) is a burdened man, much like Harry Hole and Harry Bosch, but it doesn't take away from his police work.

In Tainted Blood, a man is found murdered with a note pinned to his chest and the only odd thing the police find in his room is a photograph of a grave. The story shows how an act of violence changes the lives of more people than just the initial victim. ( )
  mysterymax | May 16, 2014 |
I have not read contemporary crime novels for a long time, other than Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti crime novels set in Venice.
Although the setting in Iceland and Inspector Erlendur's dysfunctional family may in some ways seem far from Leon's creation, they do in this fine novel seem very similar in concept.
The crime story was fairly convincingly followed through and the setting is fresh. The character dynamic is unexceptional (obsessive policeman with home life), it is well described.
Although some of the subject matter is disturbing, it was an enjoyable read. ( )
  CarltonC | Mar 23, 2014 |
Odd. Intriguing. The main character, Erlendur, is a bit gruff, but he started to grow on me. The last line of the book brought a tear to my eye. ( )
  dreamingbear | Feb 6, 2014 |
My first Icelandic murder mystery -- and It all seemed very country as a small town where everybody knows everybody and there are lots of little secrets, and plenty of gossip. No earthshaking scenes, a plausible story, and decent enough characters.

Recommended via a book placeholder card for "Indridason in the "I" section at the library, referring me to the "A" authors, explaining something about Icelandic name/surname registry alphabetization customs. Who knew. ( )
  grheault | Jan 30, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 75 (next | show all)
Indridason raises in a thoroughly gripping manner not just questions of paternity in a small nation, but wider issues of the use of genetic information, culminating in an ending that proves impressively moving.
added by vancouverdeb | editTime Out - London
 
"This is a dark, haunting novel, with a protagonist who searches for a murderer and finds his own humanity. The emotionally wrought ending caught me off guard and touched me in a way that few mystery novels do."--
added by vancouverdeb | editThe Boston Globe
 
"Award-winning Iceland author Indridason makes a compelling American debut with this first in a series featuring Reykjavík police inspector Erlendur. . . . Quiet, morose, dryly witty, Erlendur makes a fine, complex companion. . . . Those who enjoy Karin Fossum, Henning Mankell, or Janwillem van de Wetering will welcome this new series."--
 

» Add other authors (17 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Arnaldur Indriðasonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cosimini, SilviaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scudder, BernardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
It's all one great big bloody mire. ---Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson
Dedication
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
Voor Anna
First words
The words were written in pencil on a piece of paper placed on top of the body.
Quotations
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Jar City is also published as Tainted Blood
Original title: Mýrin
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312426380, Paperback)

From Gold Dagger Award--winning author Arnaldur Indridason comes a Reykjavík thriller introducing Inspector Erlendur
 
When a lonely old man is found dead in his Reykjavík flat, the only clues are a cryptic note left by the killer and a photograph of a young girl's grave. Inspector Erlendur discovers that many years ago the victim was accused, but not convicted, of an unsolved crime, a rape. Did the old man's past come back to haunt him? As Erlendur reopens this very cold case, he follows a trail of unusual forensic evidence, uncovering secrets that are much larger than the murder of one old man.
 
An international sensation, the Inspector Erlendur series has sold more than two million copies worldwide.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:43:00 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson investigates the killing of a solitary man, found murdered in his Reykjavk apartment, and discovers that the dead man had been accused but not convicted of a rape forty years earlier.

» see all 4 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
3 avail.
141 wanted
6 pay6 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.71)
0.5
1 3
1.5 1
2 26
2.5 10
3 143
3.5 89
4 276
4.5 22
5 70

Audible.com

An edition of this book was published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 91,626,113 books! | Top bar: Always visible