Cerns itself with missing people and anchors Erlendur s obsession Almost His Reason For Being Finding The MissingYet Here Is his reason for being finding the missingYet here is 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 Menhow the homeless men 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 now 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 now 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 years 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 June 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 hoo 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 Tdid he then like Erlendur inch closer to the stage when T 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 too 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 young traffic officerAt the very beginning of the book an alcoholic tramp is found drowned in a pond A year later Erlendur is still thinking about this case which was pretty much immediately closed And it turns ou 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 go of something until it is solved to his satisfaction This plot revolved around a missi. Times an unexplained deathTHE LOSTA homeless man Erlendur nows is found drowned But few people care Or when a young woman on her way home from a club vanishes Both cases go coldTHE SEARCHERTwo lost people from two different worlds Erlendur.
Read ReykjavíkurnæturNg woman and a group of street people #loved to see the compassion he had for # to see the compassion he had for 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 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 andatmospheric I found this one rather matter of fact It was interesting to read this preuel and 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 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 The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life k Nights Murder in Reykjav 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 is 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 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 new 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 new 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 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 now 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 i 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 eep 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 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 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 in the 1970 s dealing with drink and drug offences traffic incidents responding to the occasional burglary A year earlier thre. 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. ,
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Up Actually Finishedhere I actually book about a week ago As usual you can certainly 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 case goes cold After all the man was nown to be a tramp CID had other fish to fry and basically no one seemed interested Erlendur however had Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography 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 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 well you re certainly entitled to your opinion and it s certainly true that people approach books differently but if you re judging this book on the basis of the crimes and crime solving in my opinion 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 very young and hasn t yet started on the career path as a detective where he ends up with the dream team of colleagues Sigurdur Oli and Elinborg the Erlendur whom readersnow from the regular series novels is all anchored right here the loner the traditionalist the seeker of lost souls Since I The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, 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 everyonenows 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 years that may sound ind 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 that on purpose to eep the focus on Erlendur himself rather than on the crimes I appreciated the obviously slower pace for that very reason I ended up enjoying this story Erlendur is a young 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 now 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 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 Chronologically the last we new 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 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 a young 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 urn tur Reykjavik Nights con. 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. .