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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846556384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846556388
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,247,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Arnaldur Indrioason: #1 on the "Guardian"'s list of the 10 Best Modern European Crime Writers [2011] "Indrioason is one of the best of the new European authors coming into English, right up there with Henning Mankell and Karen Fossum."--Margaret Cannon, "The Globe and Mail" "Inspector Erlendur is one of the most compassionate detectives to come this way in a long time." --"The New York Times" "Indrioason is a master of atmosphere." --"The Vancouver Sun" "Indrioason has definitely vaulted onto the A-list of Scandinavian crime authors." --"Booklist"" ""This series places Indrioason at the centre of the best of contemporary crime fiction. He is a master storyteller, and has a real gift for evoking the complex humanity at the heart of the most dour-seeming individuals." --"The Guardian"

About the Author

ARNALDUR INDRIDASON worked for many years as a journalist and critic before he began writing novels. Outside Iceland, he is best known for his crime novels featuring Erlendur, Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli, which are consistent bestsellers across Europe. The series has won numerous awards, including the Nordic Glass Key and the CWA Gold Dagger. His most recent novel is Operation Napoleon.

Customer Reviews

I am so glad I bought the book though because it was tremendous!
Mr. Indridason is skilled at creating interesting characters and drawing us into their world of suspense and intrigue.
Toni Osborne
I've loved all the Erlendur mysteries, and I hope there are more coming, but I'd also welcome another Elinborg case.

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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful By K on July 7, 2011
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I eagerly awaited the arrival of this book so that I could continue to get to know the gentle and methodical Erlendur Sveinsson as he solves these cases so that those that are left behind can experience some closure and move on with their lives. I was surprised and a bit annoyed to find the focus of this novel had switched to Erlendur's female colleague Elinborg. She handled the case with growing maturity and expertise, having to step forward since Erlendur was not there to direct her. We get to know her quite well and I am somewhat disturbed and afraid that something has happened to Erlendur and that the mantle has been passed to Elinburg. It was an excellent read, but I couldnt help wonder along the way at what Erlendur would have done.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Donna Johnson on July 23, 2011
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In a clean, neat apartment in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland, a man's body is discovered lying in a pool of blood. Detective Elinborg catches this case and sets about finding out exactly who the victim really was. This is a police procedural in it's finest form. We see the case solved by lots of hard work, long hours, and derrmination as Elinborg digs deep into the past life of the victim. We get a few red herrings tossed to us, but that adds to the pleasure of reading the book. Author Arnaldur Indridason creates a wonderful sense of place and his dialog is extremely realistic. The character insight into Detective Elinborg is sharp and painful at times as we sit on the sidelines and see her struggle with balancing her demanding job and her rebellious teenaged son.

All in all, it was a really good book, the only thing missing was Detective Erlendur who has taken personal time off and disappeared into the East Fjords for the entirelty of the book. I was disappointed that I paid $30.00 plus $4 shipping for this hard-to-find book and it did not feature Erlendur. I think the editors must have realized that Indidason is going to have a problem selling his next book as there is a last page cliff hanger here concerning the unknown whereabouts of Erlendur and the fact no one has heard from him in an unreasonbable length of time.

Yes, I recommend this book, but I would not recommend paying $34 for it as I did.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 28, 2011
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Indridason is in top form in this book, even though his usual detective, Inspector Erlendur, has gone off on a two-week leave of absence to brood in the East Fjords.

That leaves his colleague Elinborg to deal a murder that's quite nasty for Iceland, where such cases are infrequent. A young man has been found viciously murdered in his flat in highly suggestive circumstances.

Although this is an excellent police procedural with forensics turning up juicy surprises and tense interviews abounding, Elinborg conducts her investigation along eccentric lines.

She follows clues that any other cop (maybe even Erlendur) would dismiss. She sees significance in faint odors, listens carefully to nonsense and will readily go on a wild goose chase to check out an odd remark. The red herrings are as big as whales. We hardly know where to direct our suspicions, but somehow we trust Elinborg to hit upon the truth eventually.

Elinborg is a complete person, not a cop without a life. She has actually written a successful cookbook! The cloud of Icelandic gloom that hangs over her boss seems to have missed her, but she does have her worries. She feels guilty that her family survives on take-out when she's working all hours. She has two rebellious teenage sons, a young prodigy of a daughter and a sweet, unflappable husband.

The family dynamics alone would make a good novel. Add to that a murky, multi-layered mystery, and the plot just gets more and more absorbing.

I've loved all the Erlendur mysteries, and I hope there are more coming, but I'd also welcome another Elinborg case. I'd recommend this book without reservations to discerning mystery readers.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Feit VINE VOICE on January 2, 2012
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At the outset of this newest book by Icelandic author Indridason, the eighth in the series available in English translation, a young man picks up a woman in a bar, slips some rohypnol into her drink and brings her back to his home in an historic area of Reykjavik. When two days later the police are called to the scene, the body found lying in a pool of blood on the floor is not that of the woman, but the young man who lived there, his throat having been slashed. The only clues are a woman's shawl, and a strange smell that lingers in the air.

In this latest entry in the series, Detective Elinborg has the primary role, while her colleagues Erlendur and Sigurdur Oli take on lesser roles, the former only by reference in the early and late parts of the book [referred to as "a failure of a father," an "irascible loner," and "an insightful detective" whom Elinborg admires but does not necessarily like]. As the book opens he has apparently taken a leave of absence to travel to the East Fjords, where he had lived as a young boy. Oli has only a secondary role in the present investigations, with Elinborg taking the lead.

As always, Elinborg has conflicts between her job and her role as a wife and mother, and worries that she is not devoting enough time to her family. The older of her two sons, 16 years old and increasingly distant, has been a cause of concern lately, and she "sometimes worried about the relationships between parents and their children," a theme which recurs throughout the book. In the course of her investigation, Elinborg is drawn into an old case, one involving the disappearance of a 19-year-old girl six years prior, and the possibility that the two cases are tied together.
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Arnaldur Indridason is the author of Jar City, Silence of the Grave, Voices, The Draining Lake, and Arctic Chill. He won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave and is the only author to win the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel two years in a row, for Jar City and Silence of the Grave. The film of Jar City, now available on DVD from Blockbuster, was Iceland's entry for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and the film of his next book, Silence of the Grave, is currently in production with the same director. His thrillers have sold more than five million copies in over 25 countries around the world. He lives in Iceland.

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