Saturday, May 2, 2015

Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason

Reykjavik Nights: An Inspector Erlendur Novel by Arnaldur Indridason; translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb --- 294 pages

The ninth Inspector Erlendur novel is a prequel, going back in time to 1974 to show us the young Erlendur at the start of his career, assigned to the Traffic Division of the Reykjavik police, working the night shift, dealing with car crashes, robberies, fights, drunks drug addicts and the occasional unnatural death, while respectable citizens are sleeping.

Erlendur is already displaying his stoic, almost anti-social nature, and his talent for dogged, persistent investigation.

On one of the long Northern nights, a homeless drunk Erlendur has encountered on the streets turns up drowned in a waste pond. No one is particularly surprised by Hannibal's death. A respectable married woman named Oddny, walking home from a night out with friends, disappeared the same night. She was trapped in an unhappy marriage; the police suspect suicide, but the case will remain officially open until they find the body.

Only Erlendur, obsessed by the need to discover the truth about those who have lost their way, is driven to pursue his own investigations.

Arnaldur Indridason is a historian, former journalist and film critic, and internationally acclaimed author of the "Nordic Noir" Inspector Erlendur series set in Iceland.

Click HERE to read an interview with author Arnaldur Indridason.

Click HERE to read the review in the New York Times.

Click HERE to read a review from the Crime Fiction Lover web site.  

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