I purchased several books by Arnaldur Indri ason at our
library book sale this winter but rather than read them out of order I decided to start with the preuel book sale this winter but rather than read them out of order I decided to start with the preuel k Nights Murder in Reykjav k This full length novel which is translated from Icelandic by Victoria Cribb features traffic patrolman Erlendur Sveinsson Having just finished a five book series filled with switchblade wielding murderesses
rapists and anarchist this book was almost boring or highly refreshing take your pick I choose the latter The pace and anarchist this book was almost boring or highly refreshing take your pick I choose the latter The pace slow but steady Erlendur is a young policeman who works the night shift where he deals with drunk drivers domestic disturbances loiterers and traffic accidents The story opens with Erlendur being first officer on the scene when a pair of boys come upon the body of a vagrant in a pool of water He recognizes the man Hannibal as someone he has spoken with on a number of occasions After a time he can t et the man out of his mind and he begins investigating on his own timeEventually he links the case of a missing woman to Hannibal s death since they both occurred about the same time Could both have been murdered Erlendur Art and Cartography: Six Historical Essays goes about making inuiries with those who knew both of the deceased He talks to street people and to the sister of Hannibal This uiet private man who shares so little of his personal feelings with hisirlfriend is extremely charitable toward the down trodden acuaintances of Hannibal a man he knew so little about Now that man is dead and he cares deeply about what happened to him This speaks volumes about Now that man is dead and he cares deeply about what happened to him This speaks volumes about Erlendur is as a man Those whom others disregard as unworthy vagrants Erlendur treat as human beingsThe plot is not especially complex but there were enough suspects to hold my interest I wanted to see if Hannibal s death and Oddn s disappearance were truly related I found it curious that Erlendur was able to conduct his own private investigation for so long that seemed a bit unrealistic to me especially since he often did not identify himself as a cop It works as a preuel however because we see how his determination and persistence pay off He has intelligence John for Everyone: Part One, Chapters 1-10 good instincts and compassion I look forward to seeing him at work as an inspector in future books 4 stars I m still playing catch up here I actually finished this book about a week ago As usual you can certainly feel free to choose between the longer detailed review at my online reading journal or the shorter version here To my intense delight Erlendur is back albeit as a young patrolman on the night shift in a preuel to the entire series On his regular shift one night young patrolman Erlendur receives a report that takes him to the scene of the drowning of a homeless man who went by the name Hannibal Since it didn t seem to investigators that there had been any foul play CID assumed that Hannibal s death was an accident and the caseoes cold After all the man was known to be a tramp CID had other fish to fry and basical This is a preuel to the Erlunder series which has remained one of my favorite Nordic series Was wonderful seeing the young Erlunder in the role of a traffic cop but how he still managed to put together things that had escaped others The bones of the later Erlunder already in place Not able to let Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde go of something until it is solved to his satisfaction This plot revolved around a missing woman and aroup of street people Loved to see the compassion he had for these people unable to stop drinking and so down on their luck Loved the character of Hannibal and Betting on Ideas: Wars, Inventions, Inflation glad weot to see his back story one that is tragic and brought him to the street A very Being after Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question good series with a remarkable character I m thoroughly enjoying the many Icelandic and Scandinavian noir writers I ve been reading but oh my trying to pronounce people and place names in my head as I read is a puzzle That said this little peccadillo is nothing to keep away readersReykjavik Nights introduces Inspector Erlendur during his earliest days on the police force As readers weet to watch as Erlendur develops as a y Chronologically the last we knew of Erlendur the police detective of Arnaldur s series he was perhaps forever searching for the remains of his younger brother As young boys they Berlioz and His Century: An Introduction to the Age of Romanticism got lost in a wilderness snowstorm and inadvertently separated Erlendur has neveriven up the search for his lost brother This chronological last sighting of Erlendur was in Fur ustrandir Strange Shores The next to last book in the series The Chess Match instead featured a young Erlendur back in the beginning of his career This latest book oes even further back in time to 1974 While the Chess Match is set during the Fisher Spasski duel Reykjav kurn tur Reykjavik Nights concerns itself with missing people and. THE LIVINGErlendur has recently joined the police force as a young officer and immediately sinks into the darkness of Reykjavik's underworld Working nights he discovers the city is full of car crashes robberies drinkers and fighters And some. ,
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it all Erlendur collects booksLuckily for me I haven t read any of the main series so I will shortly be reading the first one to be translated into English anyway It s called Jar CityThe only slight problem I had was trying to pronounce some of the place names Skolavordustigur and Hverfisgata for instance In Reykjavik nights we are re introduced to Inspector Erlendur here a new young policeman on traffic detail busting up small time crime burglaries drunken house parties fisticuffs the sort of crime that happens on his freuent night shifts He also is coming to know the city nighttop it all
Shifts He Also Is Coming To KnowHe also is coming to know city and the denizens of the night As in the later stories Erlendur is different from his fellow officers and here we et a picture of both cause and effect what drives him to seek answers and just how relentless he can be He chooses to take on an unofficial investigation of the death of a tramp a year after the incident alone as a private citizenIceland itself is always a character in these novels Erlendur feels the differences between the city and the country side deeply though his parents brought him to Reykjavik when he was 12 Part of him is still wandering out in the fields and mount I ended up enjoying this story Erlendur is a young cop Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson going about his own business In the course of his duties he befriends a homeless man and when he dies in a drowning begins to investigate This book starts slow but as the story moves along I realized that the reader is slowlyetting to know how this man thinks and works We re being introduced to a young man who hasn t uite found his path in life This appears to be a character driven series This sort of series Awakening Spaces: French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music, and Culture gets better as itoes on I m looking forward to reading of this series This story may have been a bit slow but it was a Edge of Venomverse good mystery the peoplerew and the ending was satisfactory A Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe) good start for a new series There is a lot of drinking and drunkenness in Reykjavik if one is to believe this book LOL I found this a bit disappointing I ve read several other Erlendur novels and have always found them extremely atmospheric I found this one rather matter of fact It was interesting to read this preuel and find out how Erlendur started as a detective However if this had been the first of the books that I read I doubt if I would have read further After a while a bus arrived and Thuri stood up saying a curtoodbye as if she wanted nothing to do with Erlendur The sky was leaden and it was raining again He watched her climb aboard and select a window seat ready to carry on circling the city with no destination never leaving the vehicle not caring where it went her life a journey without purpose As Erlendur followed the departing bus with his eyes he pictured himself in her shoes forever circling around life alone with no destinationErlendur Sveinsson is a traffic cop patrolling the streets of Reykjav k in the 1970 s dealing with drink and drug offences traffic incidents responding to the occasional burglary A year earlier three boys floating a homemade raft on water filled pools at the old peat diggings found the body of a tramp known to Erlendur as Hannibal At the time the death was dismissed as an accidental drowning with detectives focussing on a missing woman who failed to return home after an office party Erlendur has been in a relationship with a woman for over two years without feeling the need to settle down and lives a simple life in a small apartment no TV eating traditional Icelandic food and reading books on missing persons This fixation of his on disappearances with the phenomenon itself the fates of those who were never heard of again and the sufferings of those left behind to mournSomething about Hannibal s death perplexes him Dwelling on his knowledge of the man when they had spoken together he seeks out the sister Rebekka to find out how and why he become an alcoholicI found Reykjav k Nights an engaging read at many levels Within the first few pages I reached for GoogleMaps to Back of the Yards: The Making of a Local Democracy get a visual on the main streets landmarks and the locales of Reykjav k to follow the storyline and it was well worth the effort Here is a country celebrating its 900 year history while elements are uncomfortable with its minor role in WWII Indri ason paints a sympathetic picture of those who fall outside the social order whether through misfortunerief or survivor Body by Darwin: How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine guilt building into a story of two apparently unrelated events From here on I won t be able to pass a homeless person without wondering why Lastly I love the way the Icelandic alphabet 28 letters has retained the Latin and eth used in Old English Middle English and Faroese and in Scandinavia during the Middle Agesiving it a Viking fee. Is not an investigator but his instincts tell him their fates are worth pursuing How could they be linkedIN THE HEART OF THE NIGHTInexorably he is drawn into the blackness of the city’s underbelly where everyone is in the dark or on the ru.