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Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason
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A good detective thriller based in Iceland. The story is the best part of the book, with many twists and turns along with a very interesting ending. Inspector Erlendur is a solid main character, but there is something lacking in all of the characters Indridason create - a lack of real depth that would take this story to another level. While Jar City was an enjoyable story, it was missing that intangible quality that would lead me to continue the series. Solid but not engrossing. ( )
  csayban | Aug 31, 2014 |
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 |
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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."--
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"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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