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Voices (Detective Erlendur) Paperback – September 2, 2008
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“Mesmerizing . . . [An] enthralling narrative.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“Bleakly beautiful.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Indridason expertly plies the more familiar waters of the classic mystery. . . . He is a wise, compassionate writer, and this is his wisest, most compassionate book.” ―Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
“The enthusiasm generated by Indridason's first two novels starring Reykjavík police inspector Erlendur Sveinsson was reminiscent of the buzz that launched Henning Mankeel's Kurt Wallander when he arrived in the United States a decade ago. The third in Indridason's series will add more volume to the word of mouth. . . . A grim but compelling look at how the stranglehold of the past cripples our abilitiy to live in the present.” ―Booklist
“An exceptional psychological study.” ―Library Journal
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The holidays are approaching, and in the basement of Iceland's very popular Grand Reykjavik Hotel, a body has been found. The victim of the brutal stabbing is the hotel's doorman, discovered half dressed in the suit he was going to wear to play Santa at an employee party. Found with his pants down around his ankles, in a very compromising position, in the nasty, empty little room in which he lived. Called in to investigate is Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson and his team, each with their own very distinct personalities. Erlendur is himself a rather bleak yet compelling character. Divorced for decades, alone, almost a stranger to his two now grown, troubled children, he might seem at first an unlikely sympathetic character. But as with all the folks here, we learn that what we at first see is not all there is to the story.
For example, Erlendur is still haunted by the death of his younger brother when they were both just children, the boy lost forever on a snowy Icelandic moor, while Erlendur was found and saved.
"He was older and was responsible for his sibling. It had always been that way. He had taken care of him. In all their games. When they were home alone. When they were sent off on errands. He had lived up to those expectations.Read more ›
The first two novels in the series - Jar City & Silence of the Grave - were every bit as gritty and sleasy, but some half-concealed humanity in Inspector Erlendur made one empathize with the poor man and care about his agonies with his drug-addled daughter and alienated son. Well... in Voices, I could still squeeze out a little sympathy for Erlendur, but only because by now he's almost a black-sheep uncle. If you haven't read the prvious two novels, I truly doubt you'll get past chapter five of this one. One has to wonder, by the way, why Erlendur hasn't discovered prozac or celexa, in a country where 'drugs' are not unavailable. Is there a cultural prejudice against relief from depression except illegally?
And there's one glaring flaw in the none-too-credible mystery plot. The victim Santa was a boy soprano of great musical promise, whose voice "broke" without any warning in the middle of a showcase concert.Read more ›
But hey, if this were Tahiti, they wouldn't call it "Iceland".
And if one were to select a "Mr. Iceland" based on a personality most representative of this barren landscape of volcanoes and endless winter nights, Indridason's irascible police detective Erlander Sveinsson would leave the competition far behind.
In this installment of gloom, it is the Christmas season, and Erlander is called upon to investigate the murder of Gulauger Egilsson, a 50-ish doorman of one of Reykjavik's better hotels, found in his hotel basement room with his Santa Claus suit around his ankles and fatal knife wounds in his chest. What follows would be a rather pedestrian whodunit - a standard crime drama of turning up clues and connecting the dots - were it not for the talented Indridason and his penchant for painting with a palette of despair what could have been a Currier and Ives Scandinavian Holiday card. Unbeknownst to hotel management or staff, the reclusive Gulauger was once a child star - a choirboy of international fame, who at twelve had two records published, destined for fame and the Vienna Boys' Choir. But not content to rely solely on poor Gulanger's sordid tale, the author deftly weaves together parallel threads, each apparently competing to see which can be more depressing. We have Erlander's partner Elinborg chasing down a case of parental child abuse, while his daughter bounces from thoughts of suicide to drug addiction, pining over her complicity in the death of her own infant daughter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this book from the library, and then immediately bought two other Indridason books on Kindle. Superbly, seamlessly plotted as the rest of the Indridason books I have now read,... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Donna Montalbano
Interesting plot. Too much repeating the same info about characters and plot.Published 8 days ago by Barbara Ellen
A week before Christmas, police detective Erlendur investigates a knife killing in a small basement room of a big hotel. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Alfred J. Kwak
This book was fantastic like all the rest. This author has to be my Favourite and makes me want to visit Iceland. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maggie
Detective Erlandur must solve the case of a hotel Santa Claus that is mysteriously murdered in his room. There are many suspects as well as many possible motives for the murder. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Radio Nut
I have read numerous Inspector Erlendur novels and I think this is the best. The plot is intriguing and Indridason offers powerful insights into his characters' motives which take... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sam Logan