- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: AmazonCrossing; Tra edition (August 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611091039
- ISBN-13: 978-1611091038
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Arni Thorarinsson grew up in Reykjavik, Iceland, channeling his childhood interests in film, music, and writing into a career as a journalist. He cofounded and edited Iceland’s first independent weekly, and covered stories big and small, local and international, for the nation’s largest magazine and the weekend editions of two major newspapers. In addition to print journalism, he has worked regularly in radio and television. In the mid-1990s, he stumbled upon a penchant for writing screenplays and crime novels, including Blue Moon, The Seventh Son, and Angel of the Morning. Season of the Witch was nominated for the Icelandic Literature Prize.
Translator Anna Yates grew up in London and Paris. After earning her history degree from Bristol University, she traveled to Iceland in search of her roots and never left. She studied Icelandic at the University of Iceland and worked for several years as a journalist and translator for the Iceland Review, the nation’s leading English-language publisher. She has translated academic writings, legal documents, museum texts and guides, arts and tourism publications, CD cover notes, advertising copy, folklore, and fiction. The author of The Viking Discovery of America, she lives and works in Reykjavik.
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Top customer reviews
I honestly cannot decide if the style is the result of an awkward translation or if the awkward phrasing and strange humor is just Icelandic. I did however learn many facts about Iceland so I began to simply treat it as a sociological study. The author explains at one point that Iceland doesn't have a passenger rail system and that is one of the things that I cannot get out of my head. Of course other things leave me wondering if the main character would seems as odd to Icelandic readers as he appears to me.
This book seems to have been written before the Icelandic financial bust of 2008 when the entire banking system failed. (I have read-- and recommend-- Michael Lewis' Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World and became intrigued by his description of his time in Iceland.)
The Kindle ebook and audible download was a special deal when I bought them and as long as the price remains low I think that it is worth the time it takes to listen to it, but it's not a book that I would have been happy had I paid full price for.
The narrator is new to me and I think he is OK, but this is another book that was improved by putting the reading speed on 1.25X. It seemed to drag at 1X. 1.25X gave it a bit of oomph that the narrator seemed to lack.
I found the first approximately 90 pages to not be very interesting - more background on the characters - but then it picks up and became a very good story
This is my first novel by Arni Thorarinsson but will not be my last. A recovering alcoholic newspaper reporter, Einar is sent to a small town in the northern Iceland for a second chance and a new start. His principal assignment is to write human interest stories and frivolous fluff, but soon Einar is himself dragged into some mysterious events.
Why does a local woman just fall from a boat and drown while on a corporate team-building excursion? Why does well-liked teenager murdered on the night he was going to star in a high-school play? Even though the police do not share any facts, Einar does not ignore the mysteries. Are these two events related?
He is determined to find the connection and solve the two mysteries. His snooping lands him in several treacherous dangerous clashes and causing some disclosures that are hard to handle.
His amateur sleuthing leads to some dangerous confrontations and heart-breaking revelations. So what's the ending? You have to read the story to find out this fascinating tale.
Author Arni Thorarinsson writes some very interesting characters, which like us have their own hardships and battles. He shows us the Iceland today is going through many of the same changes we in America are experiencing. The problem of immigration, teen-age turmoil, and the economical struggles are world wide.
I wish that I could now be more enthusiastic but, while happy about the welcome return to Akureyri in my mind's eye, I couldn't help but feeling letdown by the less than truly engaging nature of the actual plot; also, an occasional clunkiness in the tranlation. Athough the principal characters were well-drawn and sympathetic, I would have trouble recommending the book to a friend who would be unfamiliar with the terrain and feel of this area of Iceland. It was, however, refreshing to read a Scandinavian mystery, which while not naive by any means, was free of the often gratuitous and excessive gruesomeness of so much of the genre.