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review 2018-01-15 20:44
Great plot, and the mood of the story was excellent!
Jar City - Arnaldur Indriðason,Bernard Scudder

What made this book enjoyable was how such an intricate web was spun throughout the novel giving the reader enough interest to keep reading. I was not sure what to expect from this book. Although I’ve heard good things about it I didn’t think I would be so engrossed and be flying through the pages to find out what will happen next.


I’m still not sure what to think of Erlandur as a character. Like most protagonists in series like these they usually have an underlying personal issue (whether it be health, or family for example) which he does have, but his personality I can’t really quite make out. He doesn’t seem to have much of one except he cares for his daughter and her well being even though they are estranged. He does have some sense of humor and wit but overall he appears to be driven by his work and hard working to solve the crime (we all need police like these don’t we?.)


I’m liking how his relationship with his daughter is turning out. It’s nice to see them slowly step away from their estrangement and it shows they do truly care for each other even though it’s done through yelling (most families are like that though, aren’t they?) It shows a lot of tough love, and I’m hoping the best for Eva Lind in the next books (I hope she appears as I’m slowly starting to like her more.)


What I enjoyed the most of this book was the plot like I mentioned earlier. It went from point A to point B but in such a dramatic motion it certainly kept you reading to find out what was going to happen next. The mood of the story also, was excellent. It was dark, dreary, melancholy, and although not suspenseful like the majority of the crime novels, it didn’t have to be. It made the setting suitable for the plot and made it more enjoyable.


One little thing I do have to add though, is the side story with the bride. I’m not sure why that was mentioned as it had little to do with the main story and it seemed like a filler. It wasn’t necessary as the plot itself was fine without it. I also enjoyed the ending of the book. It was sad, but you came to the realization it had to come to an ending like this.


As this is book #3 in its native language, it’s considered book #1 in its’ English translation. It seems all right and nothing seems to be lacking. Perhaps a bit of backstory might have helped but it was comprehensible to read. Greatly recommended! It’s a great break from the usual detective novels we have out there.

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review 2017-12-16 15:41
"The Shadow District", by Arnaldur Indridason
The Shadow District - Arnaldur Indridason

Book #1 in the Reykjavik Wartime Mysteries series

In the first book of a new crime series Mr Indridason introduces us to new players while providing a great window into Icelandic culture and exploring at the same time his signature themes of greed and abuse of power once more. 

This story covers a fascinating period. Here we have two policemen, one Icelandic working in Reykjavik and the other is a Canadian and a member of the armed forced, he is of Icelandic heritage and speaks Icelandic. Stephan and Flovent are the wartime players on the case. As the story moves back and forth in time, Konrad a retired policeman working in our time becomes interested in the case from the war years and here we go back in time……this is very well done.

As the narrative switches between two investigations and two timelines, Mr. Indridason precise prose keeps the details of the separate timeline clear without any embellishment. With minimalist words and gentle dialogue the author has skillfully weaves two classic whodunit cases. 

Mr. Indridason has definitely did a lot of research to find the right atmosphere for the time and give us an enlightening storyline filled with aspects surrounding the relationship between the Icelandic women and the troops “The Situation” as it was known. The social and historical climate and the police procedural are all deftly orchestrated to make a captivating and emotional charged drama.

This is a gripping and a very captivating read.

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review 2016-04-22 09:14
Iceland at the center of world attention
Le Duel - Arnaldur Indridason

The duel in question is chess: Fisher vs. Spasky. At the height of the cold war this pitches the US against the USSR an brings Iceland to center stage of world attention for a few weeks. The killing of a young boy in a cinema and the security and paranoia surrounding the duel are at the center of the story. Somehow they seem to be linked.


Though there is a connection to his Erlendur series, this is really a standalone. The backstory of the main investigator illuminates another aspect of history: the impact of tuberculosis before a cure became available. Here again Indridason's strength in conveying a strong sense of place is evident.



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review 2016-04-06 14:54
" Into Oblivion", by Arnaldur Indridason
Into Oblivion: An Icelandic Thriller (An Inspector Erlendur Series) - Arnaldur Indridason

Book 11, in Inspector Erlendur series

In his latest books Mr. Indridason brought us back in time when Erlendur was a young detective and the Cold War was in full swing. “Oblivion”, another prequel to the fabulous series and second to “Reykjavik Nights “, brings us back to 1979 into a captivating drama that sends Erlendur, our loveable protagonist to a remote area to investigate the discovery of a body found in a mineral lagoon.

Since the day he joined the police forces Erlendur was always one to be obsessed with cold cases and in a parallel mystery he goes off the grid and in his spare time his obsession snares every bit of his attention to get at the bottom of a case involving a girl gone missing during the Second Wold War near the American barracks known as Camp Knox.

As the two threads criss-cross each order Mr. Indridason writing is short and moody and offers another pitch-perfect procedural mystery. A common theme on the bitter relationship between the US military and the native Icelanders at the time wends throughout these two stories and is very interesting. We find the usual complex plotting, evocative setting, excellent character development and realistic and simple narratives. The pacing may be a bit slower than one may want in a mystery but it nevertheless takes us into absorbing investigations hard to put aside. This is another great addition that brings us back in time… Where will this series leads us next?

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review 2016-04-01 17:21
Iceland in the 70s: "Oblivion" by Arnaldur Indridason
Oblivion - Arnaldur Indridason

Published 2015.


Who’s Marion? I wasn’t able to determine whether Marion was male or female.  All indications of gender are absent, and because of that, the developing relationship between Marion and Caroline became more interesting than it might otherwise have been. The dynamics of the two characters don’t really shed light on it. Do they bond as they do because both are women in a largely male society (the time is the late 70s)? If one assumes Marion to be male, are we to see him as unusually devoid of the patronizing attitude toward women typical of the time? There seems to be little flirting between them if Marion is male, but quite a bit more if female. It's all interesting enough to make me nostalgic at never having learned Icelandic.


You won’t find car chases, hanky-panky, and drunk detectives. Sorry. I know I shouldn't drop all these spoilers, but sometimes I can't help myself…

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