T on purpose to keep the focus on Erlendur himself rather than on the crimes I appreciated the obviously slower pace for that very reason This is a preuel to the Erlunder series which has remained one of my favorite Nordic series Was wonderful seeing the oung 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 go of something until it is solved to his satisfaction This plot revolved around a missing woman and a group 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 glad we got to see his back story one that is tragic and brought him to the street A very 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 we get to watch as Erlendur develops as a Amrita Sher Gil young man and as an investigator albeit an unofficial investigation Moderately paced plot with a number of twists the investigation is intriguing but it is the fully fleshed out characters who carry the story and add the details that make it all seem so real Chronologically the last we knew of Erlendur the police detective of Arnaldur s series he was perhaps forever searching for the remains of hisounger brother As Une putain d'histoire young boys they got lost in a wilderness snowstorm and inadvertently separated Erlendur has never given 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 aoung Erlendur back in the beginning of his career This latest book goes 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 anchors Erlendur s obsession almost his reason for being finding the missingYet here is another sense in which Arnaldur the author has his main character search for the missing the body of one of the persons he concerns himself with is not missing in the sense of it having disappeared his body was uickly found Rather his searchlight is on after a man who most had forgotten and was too insignificant for anyone to look closely into why he drowned Erlendur in his free time wonders and discovers this homeless drunkard s fate and who he was So along with Reykjavik in all its drunken modality in those days it was not fashionable or for tourists we see how the homeless men and women survive or notI was a student in Reykjavik those days how well the localities are described The gray cement hot water tank featured in the book I so often used to take a walks on it Is it still thereWe get to know Erlendur better He gets along with his fellow cops their nightshift cruising is often a source of hilarity some just to the reader given the changing times and attitudes towards such strange things as pizza sometimes as its shows up the delusional notions of the petty criminal But Erlendur is a loner He saw how it was not for him to travel with relentlessly merry people The merriment could be oppressive He has met the woman who we happen to know will become his wife but she is not important to him work is his obsessions are He excuses himself with his work his schedule etc When she tells him she is pregnant we never see him concern himself with that He daydreams of going to school again then to the university to study guess what Icelandic historyArnaldur himself studied history at the University of Iceland Interestingly as history weaves itself through his books one makes these observations Also one current event looms and then it is a setting the 1974 National Celebration in ingvellir of Iceland s 1100 ears birthday Arnaldur would have been 13 at this time but his father was the national chairman of the event and even wrote a book about it Surely the son would have been at ingvellir On That 17th Of that 17th of And now his character is there The command post of the police was a short distance from the tent of the directors of the festival Later surprising the police were protesters against Iceland in Nato Ha ha I was visiting my brother who was studying in Germany or else we might have been there protesting like good leftwing students But our dad was also in an organizing committee for this event so we d have behaved I hope Wonder what Arnaldur and his dad
Thought Of The Unexpected of the unexpected ha but here Erlendur does not take part in the arrests Barefoot children played at the water s edge Did Arnaldur do that and did he then like Erlendur inch closer to the stage when T mas Gu mundsson the poet read his commemorative poem At any rate the description in the book of that beautiful day is excellent even the appearance of what his fellow policeman calls the bloody communists completes the picture This next to last chapter really sits outside the main story line and the only connection with the oeuvre in general is that it is made the setting of Erlendur literally being tapped to join Iceland s new and tiny detective suad I think it celebrates a special memory What a sweep in one book the down and out at their most pathetic huddling for warmth in the winter dark the nation reveling in its survival in the bright summer glory It is something few foreigners realize unless they live in Iceland how happily one turns one s face to the sun in lee from the wind Also the drunkards and the homeless relish that moment and Arnaldur has gotten that scene to. 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.
Ho fall outside the social order whether through misfortune grief or survivor 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 Ages giving it a Viking feel 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 Reykjav 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 our pick I choose the latter The pace is slow but steady Erlendur is a Esperanto per rekta metodo 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 get 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 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 his girlfriend 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 who 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 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 usualou 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 Le champ de bataille young patrolman on the night shift in a preuel to the entire series On his regular shift one nightoung 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 Tit didn t to investigators that there had been any foul play CID assumed that Hannibal s death was an accident and the case goes cold After all the man was known to be a tramp CID had other fish to fry and basically no one seemed interested Erlendur however had known Hannibal prior to his death having crossed paths with him now and then and just shortly before Hannibal s death had listened to Hannibal when he d claimed that someone had set fire to the cellar where he was living Like everyone else Erlendur didn t believe him Now a Universals: An Opinionated Introduction (Focus Series) year later while Hannibal is just a name on a file tucked away somewhere in police archives Erlendur can t forget him Flying under the radar of his superiors he decides he has to find out what really happened to this lost soul that night But Hannibal s case is just one of two cold cases Erlendur can t forget The case of a missing wife from the proverbial other side of the tracks in one of Iceland s better neighborhoods haunts him as wellFor people who have given this book less than a good rating because they found the crimes uninteresting or even boring wellou re certainly entitled to Turtle Talk: A Beginner's Book of Logo your opinion and it s certainly true that people approach books differently but ifou re judging this book on the basis of the crimes and crime solving in my opinion Kiu you may have missed the point The very best element of Reykjavik Nights imho is not found in the crimes in the idea that true evil doesn t discriminate between the best and worst neighborhoods in any city in the social issues or even in Erlendur s clandestine investigations It lies with Erlendur Sveinsson himself Even though he s veryoung and hasn t et started on the career path as a detective where he ends up with the dream team of colleagues sigurdur oli and elinborg the erlendur colleagues Sigurdur Oli and Elinborg the Erlendur readers know from the regular series novels is all anchored right here the loner the traditionalist the seeker of lost souls Since I know how things are going to turn out for him later I found myself for example actually upset when he started dating future ex wife Halldora because well as everyone knows that s just not going to turn out well It hit me while reading this book just how very much I ve ended up investing in Erlendur over several ears that may sound kind of stupid since he s a fictional character but I suppose it means that Indridason has created a character whose life I actually cared about To be very blunt I can t honestly say that about most the characters in most crime fiction novels I read I think this book works best for people who ve already read the entire series It s much simplistic than the other novels and I m inclined to believe that the author did tha. Times an unexplained deathTHE LOSTA homeless man Erlendur knows is found drowned But few people care Or when a oung woman on her way home from a club vanishes Both cases go coldTHE SEARCHERTwo lost people from two different worlds Erlendur. The proliferation of ScandinavianNordic crime fiction is fascinating to me At first I thought it was just a fad that would die out eventually but no it s still a big deal than a decade later And it should be too because all the ones I have read have been greatThis book is by an author from Iceland andnaturally enough is set in Iceland It is actually a preuel to the main series which features Detective Erlendur In this book Erlendur is still a oung traffic officerAt the very beginning of the book an alcoholic tramp is found drowned in a pond A Internationaal cartoonfestival Knokke-Heist. Cartoons 2003 year later Erlendur is still thinking about this case which was pretty much immediately closed And it turns out that on the same weekend as that drowning a woman went missing on her way home from a club Even though he is a traffic cop Erlandur starts looking into both these cases Maybe they are related In order to find outou ll have to read the bookThis book has all the elements I like in a crime novel Interesting characters good suspense uite a few false leads and the crimes aren t solved until the very end of the book What could L'enfant la sophrologie you ask for And to top it all off 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 newoung 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 better and the denizens of the night As in the later stories Erlendur is different from his fellow officers and here we get 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 Bac courrier des concours des institutions europennes : Une mthodologie et un exercice avec corrig 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 mountains not on the rough city streetsWhile the mystery itself was not terribly complex the steps to its solution were certainly labored and an interesting step in Erlendur s character development I enjoyed seeing the way he attempts to relate to others never easy for himI do find this a good addition to the series for these reasons and have rated it 35 rounded to 4A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review I ended up enjoying this story Erlendur is aoung cop 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 slowly getting to know how this man thinks and works We re being introduced to a oung man who hasn t uite found his path in life This appears to be a character driven series This sort of series gets better as it goes on I m looking forward to reading of this series This story may have been a bit slow but it was a good mystery the people grew and the ending was satisfactory A 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 curt goodbye 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 kcircling around life alone with no destinationErlendur Sveinsson is a traffic cop patrolling the streets of Reykjav k the 1970 s dealing with drink and drug offences traffic incidents responding to the occasional burglary A ear 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 old peat diggings found the body of a tramp known to Erlendur as Hannibal 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 Contruire pas pas une pyramide fraisiers (Construction pas pas t. 1) 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 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 900ear history while elements are uncomfortable with its minor role in WWII Indri ason paints a sympathetic picture of those THE LIVINGErlendur has recently joined the police force as a oung 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. ,