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Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason
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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 |
I liked the main story around murder, genetic disease and paternity but I am not sure about the characterisation and the subsidiary stories, which all seemed a little flat to me. Erlendur has potential as a detective but I found him too bland, too generic. More could also be done around the context, Iceland, and its idiosyncrasies. Perhaps it would work best as a TV series like the killing? Possible ... ( )
  femme_letale | Oct 6, 2013 |
Bleak landscape, bleak characters, bleak story. Icelandic murders are simple ones usually insists Inspector Erlendur. This one is certainly not. An elderly man, Holberg, is found dead in his apartment with a strange note left on the body. The case then leads in a variety of directions: to a young child, the product of a rape, who had apparently died of a brain tumor; the suicide of her mother; the disappearance at sea of Holberg’s friend; additional rapes; a terminally ill cop unsympathetic cop who ignored the rape; and the search for a bride who ran away after her wedding, because, we learn, she had been abused by her father who then groped her in her wedding dress. Not to mention Erlendur’s daughter, a drug addict trying to break the habit and who is pregnant. And Erlendur is afraid to go to the doctor for his chest pains.

Not to mention it rains all the time. But a well-written, good story. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
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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."--

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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.

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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.

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