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Daybreak [Kindle Edition]

Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson , Björg Árnadóttir , Andrew Cauthery
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When the shotgun-blasted body of a goose hunter is discovered, the police believe they have a list of suspects who may have wanted the victim dead, from his young wife to the caretaker of his property. But then a second body, another hunter, is found with a similar fatal wound. And then a third. As the pattern emerges—all goose hunters, all shot at the break of dawn—Reykjavik policemen Gunnar and Birkir face the terrifying possibility that a serial killer is stalking the idyllic Icelandic countryside.

Gunnar and Birkir set a trap for the one they call “the Gander,” but it quickly becomes a wild goose chase as the murderer plays some tricks of his own. With the clock running out and the discovery of another body all but guaranteed, the cops must determine if there is a thread connecting the victims or if the killings are all part of a twisted game.

Editorial Reviews


"Tightly crafted, Daybreak takes the reader into the minds of two unique detectives as they try to unravel the motives and culprits behind the murders of goose hunters. Juxtaposed with American styles, the subtle differences in Icelandic hunting and detective work make for a provoking story." -Bobby Cole author of The Dummy Line and Moon Underfoot

About 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. In 2001, his third novel, House of Evidence, was nominated for the Glass Key Award, given by the Crime Writers Association of Scandinavia; his novel The Flatey Enigma was nominated for the same prize in 2004. His numerous short stories have appeared in magazines and collections.

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  • File Size: 1219 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611091012
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossingEnglish (May 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OBXN90
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Got The Goose April 9, 2013
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Goose hunting in Iceland is now part of my repertoire of knowledge. Who'd have thought? Viktor Golfasson, the author of 'Daybreak', has written a fascinating, suspenseful novel. I have been a lover of mysteries my entire life and have read everything fit to print, I kid you not! This novel kept my interest from the first page, the last chapter was so filled with tension I could feel my heartbeat accelerating.

'The Violent Crime Unit' in Reykjavik houses some of the most interesting of characters. Gunnar Mariuson and Bikir Hinriksson are two of them. Gunnar is older and a long time policeman, tall and overweight, advanced to Detective. Bikir is of Asian descent, slim and short in stature. These two unlikely people are best friends and partners in the division. They like each other, Gunnar is more outgoing, drinks a lot, probably an alcoholic, and does most of the talking. Bikir is a runner and thinker. Good combination. I came to like both of these characters, but if pushed, would say Bikir is my favorite.

Someone is killing hunters, goose hunters. Out in the rural Rea, the country, someone has killed three hunters. The rifle is known, and the last murder has a witness. The trajectory to get to the murderer is one I would never in a million years have guessed. I have read every mystery/thriller/police procedural, and I have read it all. This novel was so different and fascinating to me. I loved the characters, the country, the description of the area, the questions and answers that must be provided to keep the killer from killing again. This type of writing is so superb that it separates this mystery from every other. I have read a previous novel by the author, 'House of Evidence', and found it excellent. This novel, however, surpasses that in every way.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read May 28, 2013
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This is my third book by Ingolfsson and by far my favorite. Like many others of the genre it deals with a cops tracking a ruthless killer. But I think that is where comparison to mainstream detective novels ends.

The police duo in this book are much different than the usual run of the mill. There is none of the buddy-buddy closeness you generally find. Birkir is a loner in the purest sense of the word. An Asian man living in Iceland, this is the only home he can remember. That doesn't mean that Iceland has accepted him. Almost every transaction he engages in is charged with if not actual racial hostility then at least exhausting curiosity about him and his heritage.

His partner is the opposite, Icelandic through and through, but not without his own problems-- like satisfying all of his urges though one particular avenue.

It was hard for me to get too worked up about the goose hunter-- first I like geese and second he was a lawyer (I am a lawyer, too, but can't deny that their unpopularity makes them great murder victims!)

Anyhow, this book sucked me in from the first page and the interesting characters kept me turning pages fast. Ingolfsson is a good writer and I think he has good translators (I think there were two?) Anyhow, there are a few clunky bits, but I sometimes wonder if different languages just express concepts or ideas that will never smoothly translate into another language.

I loved it and will definitely read his next effort.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Dismal June 3, 2013
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This dark and dismal novel lacks suspense and relies strongly on clichés and coincidences. Someone is targeting goose hunters, killing them like prey in the woods of Iceland. The two detectives assigned the investigation are as different as night and day. Gunnar is a fat slob who still lives with his mother and Birkir is a cryptic immigrant who was brought from Vietnam as a young child. Birkir loves running and classical music and is as patient and tidy as his partner is impatient and messy. But alas this is no Felix and Oscar match-up. They seem to tolerate each other but they don't seem to be partners in the true sense of the word. There are a lot of characters with mostly difficult names and bad attitudes. The killer in the end had a sorry motivation and lacked the charismatic evil evidenced by the best villains. Ultimately, I really didn't care about any of them. This book is okay and not terribly long. Perhaps something was lost in translation, but I was underwhelmed by this tale.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cops in a Cold Climate June 9, 2013
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Part mystery, part travelogue, Daybreak is a book you can't put down. Or at least I couldn't. Mysteries can be a little cliched, the characters straight out of central casting,with cookiecutter plots. Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson gives us something different and something delightful.

First of all, it takes place in Iceland. A mystery that takes you away from the familiar and provids a glimpse into another world is always fun, and Iceland is better than New Jersey any day. And the characters? How's this for off the hook...we have a detective named Bikir Hinrikson who is Vietnamese by birth and seriously antisocial by preference. His partner, Gunnar Mariuson, is a fat and happy semi-alcoholic. He is more familiar than Bikir, but the author's skill keeps him from becoming a stereotype. Giving a character a new slant is always good, and Ingolfsson dooes it just right. Not to freaky, not to familiar. Making the lead character a Southeast Asian trying to fit in among a race of blonde giants is a very interesting and unexpected tweak. Hinrikson and Mariuson are multi-faced and the writer lets them act out of character occasionaly. Nice touch.

Not only are the characters well drawn, but we also have that subplot. Bikir is Asian on the outside, but having arrived in Iceland as an infant, he's Norski on the inside. It makes for some interesting conflicts and confrontations.

Mariuson and Hinrikson are part of Reykjavik's Violent Crime Unit. Someone is slaughtering goosehunters and the detectives are given the task of finding and stopping him. The police procedural details as practiced in Iceland are interesting. We get a little glimpse into a place that most of us know little about, and we encounter to compelling characters - cops, criminals and ordinary citizens who, while similar to our homegrown variety, are just different enough to be tantalizing.

I hope Mr. Ingolfsson gives us more Mariuson and Henrikson soon..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, but not great!
Too descriptive of clothing; doesn't 'move'.
Published 2 days ago by A. Non
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy Norse writers and their way of developing stories.
This is a very different book written in an Icelandic style and perspective. It moves right along and held my interest throughout. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Robert H Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars TGR!
Stands for thumping good read. Loved The Flatey Enigma and very glad this author has appeared on me radar once again. I look forward to more Icelandic tales
Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for r$2.00
Was worth reading but ending was weak. Would read another from this author. But it was like he was tired of it then just finished it. But was interesting up to last chapter.
Published 7 days ago by Jay Z
2.0 out of 5 stars Daybreak
This was not my type of book . I really did not enjoy this book. I could not pronounce the places or the people's names. I would not recommend this book.
Published 9 days ago by Diamond
3.0 out of 5 stars I loved the descriptions of Iceland
I loved the descriptions of Iceland. The police characters were likeable. I just didn't care for the polarizing aspect of sexuality that was so prevalent.
Published 10 days ago by Saunya
4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Showing.
This was a pretty decent detective story. The characters are likable and I enjoyed the Icelandic locale. It wasn't great but it was good.
Published 11 days ago by Raftice - Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Would have been better had I not dwelt on the ultra long Icelandic names, trying to pronounce those tongue twisters!
Published 11 days ago by John F. Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting story and interesting way of telling it
This is the first of Ingolfsson's books I have read. The plot was interesting and different as was the way he told the story and introduced and filled-out his characters. Read more
Published 16 days ago by RBG
3.0 out of 5 stars Good points and weak points
This is a fair book and moves along at a decent pace. However, it seems to come to a halt whenever there are long descriptions of characters going home for the evening and we are... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kirrwed
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More About the Author

Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson was born in Akureyri in the north of Iceland on April 12, 1955. He finished his in civil engineering from The Icelandic College of Engineering and Technology (ICET), in 1983. He has taken courses in script writing run by the Icelandic Film Producers and at the Institute for Continuing Education at the University of Iceland. In 1990 and again in 1995 Ingolfsson attended classes in Public Relations at the George Washington University in Washington DC. Ingolfsson started working for the Icelandic Road Administration during his summer vacations from school 1969, and has worked there full time since 1983. Since 1985 he has supervised the institution's publications and contributed to Public Relations.

Viktor Arnar has published six mysteries, the fifth of which, "Daybreak" in 2005, was the basis for the Icelandic TV series "Hunting Men," which premiered in 2008. His short stories have appeared in magazines and collections. His third novel, "Engin Spor" ("House of Evidence"), was nominated for the Glass Key prize, an award given by the Crime Writers Association of Scandinavia, in 2001, and "Flateyjargáta" ("The Flatey Enigma") was nominated for the same prize in 2004.

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