Jar City (Reykjavik Thriller Series #1)

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"When a lonely 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
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Overview

"When a lonely 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 trail of unusual forensic evidence, Erlendur also confronts stubborn personal conflicts that reveal his own depth and complexity of character.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When a lone septuagenarian is murdered in his apartment in the Nordurmari district of Reykjavik, detective inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is called in, along with partner Sigurdur Oli and female colleague Elinborg. Everyone is related to everyone else in Iceland and refer to one another by first name, even formally. Erlendur is about 50, long divorced, with two kids in varying degrees of drug addiction. The victim, a man called Holberg, turns out to have been a nasty piece of work, and Erlendur is disgusted by the series of rapes Holberg apparently committed. The rapes and the deaths of a number of young women may be connected, and the search brings Erlendur to the forensic lab, whose old "jar city," since disbanded, held research organs. Meanwhile, Erlendur's daughter, Eva Lind, is pregnant and still using; she flits in and out of his life angrily, but may be crying out for help. Reykjavik's physicality, and the fact that crimes are relatively rare in Iceland, gives things a defamiliarizing cast. The writing, plot and resolution are nicely done, but remain fully within genre boundaries. (Oct. 11) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An Icelandic detective investigates a murder with roots in the distant past. When veteran Reykjavik police inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is called to a squalid basement flat to examine the corpse of an elderly man named Holberg, bludgeoned to death with a large ashtray, he finds on the scene a typed note with the cryptic message, "I am HIM." Murder in Iceland is rare, and Erlendur is just coordinating his probe when two other crimes demand his attention: the assault of geriatric twin sisters in their home and the disappearance of a bride shortly after her wedding. The divorced Erlendur must also struggle to get his combative, punked-out daughter Eva Lind away from her drug-drenched nightlife. The news that Holberg was arrested for rape 30 years ago sends Erlendur on a difficult search among old records and hostile, forgetful witnesses. The sexist cop who caught the original rape case insulted the victim and allowed Holberg to walk. Erlendur's colleagues Sigurdur and El'nberg are annoyed at the drudgery involved in this effort, but eventually the team finds other victims of Holberg who hold the key to the killing. And Erlendur's relationship with Eva takes a significant step forward when she helps crack the case of the runaway bride. The author's American debut, winner of the 2002 Nordic Crime Novel Award, is a model puzzle presented with clarity and crisp economy.
From the Publisher
“A fascinating window on an unfamiliar world as well as an original and puzzling mystery.” 
—Val McDermid

“A chilling read.”
—The Times

“A chilling Icelandic saga of the DNA age. This careful, sparsely-written book operates at a deeper level than most crime fiction.”
—Independent

"Highly recommended... thoroughly gripping... impressively moving."
Time Out

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312426385
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 9/19/2006
  • Series: Reykjavik Thriller Series , #1
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 108,657
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

ARNALDUR INDRIDASON was born in 1961, the son of an Icelandic author. Having worked for many years as a journalist and reviewer for an Icelandic newspaper, he began writing novels. He won the Nordic Crime Novel Award for Tainted Blood (originally published in the UK under the title Jar City) and, in the following year, for its sequel, Silence of the Grave. Tainted Blood is his first novel to be translated into English.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    Fascinating

    This is the 3rd of Arnaldur Indridason books I have read. All the 3 have been fascinating. Indridason's main detective is a troubled and flawed man, yet you find him fascinating. He makes the reader and the other characters he encounters uncomfortable, yet people reveal more to him than perhaps they should. Besides the powerful characters, the description of Iceland describe a land of beauty, mystery and toughness.
    I found myself thinking about the characters long after I finished the book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Neat, bright mystery crime novel

    The author conceived this fair and balanced plot like a puzzle where all the pieces fit snugly, no pitfalls, no loose ends
    Keeps the dramatic intensity all the way to the end. The story is the star and exceeds the development of the characters, and the portrayal of the settings and landscapes where the events occur. Throughout the read, one can learn that tiny far off Iceland is a country suffering the same myseries witnessed in the Continet. Overall a nice enjoyable book for this genre

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    Very cold, very Icelandic?

    I read this when it first came out in the U.S. in 2005 and remember it was so spare in almost every way. It seemed as though the lives described were there in the bare essentials, but there was nothing extra to alleviate the grimness of everyday living. In this story the murder of a roué is connected with another mystery: a rare genetic brain disease has been passed on to another dying child. A aging police inspector investigates, while confronting his own personal demons in the form of a drug-addicted daughter. It is a nuanced portrait, but very grey--read this when you feel a need for stark realism but have a firm grip on what is important in your own life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2009

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    Well done!

    I really enjoy criminal mystery novels and read all the Menkell, "Wallander" series set in Sweden. This read from Iceland seemed somewhat similar and thankfully was also a great one! The main character is interesting and honestly, the second and now third books in the series are even better. They flesh out the main character even better. The setting is great and the mysteries great too. Enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    grim with damaged people

    Even though the story is rather sad with quite a few unlikable people, the plot line is very good and the locale fitting. Iceland is perfect for the action. I completely enjoyed it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific Icelandic police procedural

    In an apartment in Reykjavik, Iceland, Detective Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson looks at the corpse of a seventy years old man whose head suffered quite a blow when his partner Sigurdur Oli and a female officer Elinborg arrive at the scene. The murder object is a large ashtray and the killer left behind the note ¿I am HIM¿ adding to the sleuth¿s thought that a crime of passion occurred. When the victim turns out to be a loner Holberg, who allegedly raped and killed many young females, Erlendur believes passion was actually vengeance. The three cops quickly learn of a documented alleged Holberg rape case thirty years ago in which the victim reported the crime, but the cop in charge let the accused go while blaming the woman. Meanwhile as the police dig through mountains of records to find more information on Holberg¿s horrific past, Erlendur struggles with his thirty years old pregnant daughter Eva Lind, who uses drugs in spite of the impact on her unborn he also worries about his other offspring Sindri Snaer who is barely doing better than her sibling. Two new cases involving an assault of elderly twin sisters and the disappearance of a bride just after she married somewhat pulls Erlendur off the homicide. Still he believes the past holds the key to solving the murder mystery so unhappy Sigurdur and less enthusiastic Elinborg dig through mountains of files seeking names linked to Holberg who Erlendur hopes are available for questioning. --- This is a terrific Icelandic police procedural starring a dedicated detective whose personal problems with his daughters lifestyles distracts him somewhat, but not enough from trying to solve the three cases. Readers will appreciate the realism of Sigurdur and Elinborg as they do the menial but critical tasks of going through old files. The vanished bride case contains a fun twist that adds to a wonderful mystery novel. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    International noir

    Good plot! Suspenseful

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    not bad

    not bad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    If you want to be read to another world

    Superb story that takes the reader to a different world.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Good Winter Read

    Well written, if a bit on the dark side, but completely consistent throughout. The characters were well developed, the story a bit gory, the mystery evolved at a good pace. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Interesting murder mystery in a differnt location

    It was a good read, especially since I read it while vising Reykjavik and the surrounding areas. It took a while in the story to understand the title and what a jar city was. It has some twists and turns in the plot that keep it somewhat suspenseful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    So - So

    A little background on the dna study in Iceland before reading would have been more helpful than the information about names. The plot was fine but ancillary characters just led to confusion. I would not read another in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    Having read the Silence of the Grave, I was interested in other works by this author. I wasn't disappointed in Jar City. I didn't put it down! He is now an author that I look for and I am very excited that his series will continue.

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