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This is a very quiet novel, written mostly inside the head of the Lead Detective.
The Detective is tired yet conscientious, has some excess baggage, but is nonetheless an exemplary officer.
The beginning of the story offers an interesting lead-in to the story. It opens on a murder mystery, that has some strange clues that at first do not seem to fit the crime. The listener has immediate questions, and as the detective studies the crime scene, his discoveries provides atmosphere and some intrigue. Sadly, however, intrigue and suspense are what is lacking most in the Icelandic Mystery.
The language, even as a translation, flows nicely throughout the entire linear storyline.
But in the end, Jar City seemed to be more of a character study than a mystery, and as a result the climax was a little flat.
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What did you love best about Jar City?
What a great story! It was moving and sad. I loved it. It reminded me very much of a Kurt Wallander novel by Henning Menkel. It has the same sense of isolation. It is alsom beautifully written and constructed.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Jar City?
The most memorable moment in the novel came to me at the end. When the detective is listening to the confession of the killer and the moments just after.
Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
George Guidall is my favorite narrator. His performances are always first rate. He brings such depth and character to his performances.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I did not have any extreme reactions. I did love every minute of the novel.
Any additional comments?
If you like Henning Menkell's novels, you will like this. It is very plot driven. The characters, while not fully fleshed yet are believable. I also like the main detective. This is sometimes difficult in modern detective novels.
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