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Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason
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Solid mystery. ( )
  kakadoo202 | Mar 16, 2019 |
I really enjoyed this. Found it absolutely riveting in fact. What makes it especially fascinating is the insights into policing in a culture and environment that is quite different from the usual ones that dominate the shelves of most bookshelves. When Arnaldur Indriđason won the CWA Golden Dagger for Silence of the Grave the sponsors panicked and insisted that the award be confined to works originally in English. That, to my mind, is a disgrace and a cover-up of the undoubted fact that non-English-language crime writers are putting the native breed to shame these days.
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  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
I really enjoyed this. Found it absolutely riveting in fact. What makes it especially fascinating is the insights into policing in a culture and environment that is quite different from the usual ones that dominate the shelves of most bookshelves. When Arnaldur Indriđason won the CWA Golden Dagger for Silence of the Grave the sponsors panicked and insisted that the award be confined to works originally in English. That, to my mind, is a disgrace and a cover-up of the undoubted fact that non-English-language crime writers are putting the native breed to shame these days.
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  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
The plot is compelling. In 1999 Iceland passed legislation allowing a private company, deCode (now owned by US company, Amgen) to collect information about genetics, genealogy and health records of Icelanders. Indridason revolves his plot around this database. It is a clever plot that lingers after the novel is done, with its very significant issues about medical research, privacy and the robustness of security controls. The first half of the book is very slow moving as the lead detective, Inspector Erlunder, is set up as what I think of as the prototypical Nordic protagonist, divorced, alienated from his children, and an unknown puzzle to his colleagues. The second half picks up nicely as the loose threads start turning into real leads and a clearer plot. So if you're interested in a slice of life that is Iceland, hang in there for the first 150 pages or so and get ready for a very good ride to the end. ( )
  danhammang | Dec 29, 2018 |
Nice twists and real developed characters. ( )
  Brumby18 | Dec 8, 2018 |
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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.
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"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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The words were written in pencil on a piece of paper placed on top of the body.
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Jar City is also published as Tainted Blood
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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.

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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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