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House of Evidence

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When the body of Jacob Kieler Junior is discovered in a stately old house in Reykjavik on a cold January morning in 1973, Jóhann Pálsson, an expert in the emerging field of forensics, is called to the scene. He soon discovers something even more unsettling than the killing itself: the victim’s father, Jacob Senior, was shot to death in the same living room nearly thirty years earlier.

Through diaries Jacob Senior kept throughout his lifetime — detailing his travels abroad honing...

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Overview

When the body of Jacob Kieler Junior is discovered in a stately old house in Reykjavik on a cold January morning in 1973, Jóhann Pálsson, an expert in the emerging field of forensics, is called to the scene. He soon discovers something even more unsettling than the killing itself: the victim’s father, Jacob Senior, was shot to death in the same living room nearly thirty years earlier.

Through diaries Jacob Senior kept throughout his lifetime — detailing his travels abroad honing his engineering skills in wartime Europe and on the Chicago & North Western Railway in the US — Pálsson and his colleagues try to link Jacob Junior’s shooting and the death of Jacob Senior, an ambitious man dedicated to bringing the railroad to Iceland at any cost.

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Publishers Weekly
Greatly respected in his native Iceland, crime writer Ingolfsson (The Flatey Enigma) weaves an intricate plot complete with murder, obsession, and familial guilt in this murder mystery-cum-historical narrative. The novel alternates seamlessly between two time periods: the 1973 police investigation into Jacob Kieler Jr.'s violent death and the 1910-1945 diary entries of his late father, Jacob Sr. An engineer and diarist, Jacob Sr. wrote about his lifelong obsession with bringing the railroad to Iceland, his activities (some questionable) in a nationalist plot to separate from Denmark and appoint a German nobleman as Iceland's king, and secret dealings with Hitler's Germany regarding the building of his railroad. Reykjavik's lead detective, Halldó, along with his team, attempt to untangle the complicated family dynamics (Ingolfsson includes a family tree ) and its many misfortunes, including four generations of male Kielers meeting untimely and tragic deaths. Numerous coincidences stoke broadening police investigation as it appears the unsolved murders of father and son might be related. Eventually a terrible secret is unmasked, and the various pieces come together. A sweeping and insightful tale.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611090994
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 326,796
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson is the author of several books, including Daybreak, which was the basis for the 2008 Icelandic television series Hunting Men. House of Evidence, his third novel, was nominated for the Glass Key Award, given by the Crime Writers Association of Scandinavia, in 2001, and The Flatey Enigma was nominated for the same prize in 2004.

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