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Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason
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    ansate: Erlendur and Resnick remind me a lot of each other, and both series paint vivid pictures of the cities where they take place.
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I picked this book up because I enjoy Jo Nesbo and was looking for other "scandinavian" authors. This story just kinda plodded along with little energy. Nesbo is much more exciting. There was one interesting sub-plot about Erlendur's (lead detective) relationship with his adult daughter that is struggling with drug addiction. I'd be interested in reading the follow on stories in this series to see if that gets developed. ( )
  ghefferon | Sep 25, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this atmospheric, creepy mystery sent in Iceland. Thanks to Jim who recommend it and gave me a copy. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
I actually think a better translator would have made this a better read. It just came across as very flat and simplistic in language. I liked the characters, and how they were set up, but the plot was easy to guess. I think I'll give the next in the series a try, and see if it is more absorbing. ( )
  Rose_F | Oct 21, 2016 |
When I first discovered Indriðason, it was with Silence of the Grave (the book that comes after this one). I loved it and read through the rest of the series but for some reason, until now I had never come back to this 1st book (in English, 3rd in Icelandic).

Indriðason has a wonderful way of weaving past and present in his stories; this one had less of the 'flashback' style but still blended past events with current ones. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Erlendur's daughter Eva has a significant part in this book. ( )
  leslie.98 | Apr 30, 2016 |
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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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It's all one great big bloody mire
- Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson
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Jar City is also published as Tainted Blood
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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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When a lonely old man is found murdered in his Reykjavik flat, the only clues are a cryptic note left by the killer and a photograph of a young girl's grave. Inspector Erlendur, who heads the investigation team, discovers that many years ago the victim was accused, though not convicted, of an unsolved crime. Did the old man's past come back to haunt him? As the team of detectives reopen this very cold case, Inspector Erlendur uncovers secrets that are much larger than the murder of one old man--secrets that have been carefully guarded by many people for many years. As he follows a fascinating trail of unusual forensic evidence, Erlendur also confronts stubborn personal conflicts that reveal his own depth and complexity of character.… (more)

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