Reykjavik Nights : Reykjavik Murder Mysteries

  • by Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • Series: Reykjavik Murder Mysteries
  • 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The loner, Erlendur, has recently joined the police force as a young officer. The beat on the streets in ReykjavIk is busy: traffic accidents, theft, domestic violence, contraband.... And an unexplained death. When a tramp he met regularly on the night shift is found drowned in a ditch, no one seems to care. But his fate haunts Erlendur and drags him inexorably into the strange and dark underworld of the city.


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In depth character development and much more

I enjoyed this book quite a bit because I have followed the saga of Erlendur, the Icelandic police detective created by Arnaldur Indridason, since I was first hooked by the book "Jar City". In fact, these stories inspired me to travel to Iceland to see first hand the kind, tough, and frank people described in his novels. This book takes us back in time to Erlendur's first case. At times, the story is quite depressing and not a little frustrating, because the reader has long since figured out the plot, while the young Erlendur cannot seem to put the pieces together. For Indridason fans, this is a must read. But I would suggest that people who have not read his books start with "Jar City" and work their way through the other novels. In addition to adding depth and dimension to Erlendur, the book gives us great insight into the Icelandic way of life. One other quibble was the choice of reader. George Guidall's voice was not well suited to the portrayal of a young man struggling to deal with his own ghosts and the sad stories he uncovers as a cop. He sounds like he is very old and world weary and barely has the energy to turn the page, not at all how the character Erlendur is tackling the crimes he has uncovered and his dogged determination to solve the multi-faceted case.
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- Gail N. "Honest Reader"

Well done Icelandic Noir

Fans of the solitary and relentlessly serious Detective Erlandur may enjoy going back to the case which led him to discover his obsession...forgotten missing persons. Young, in uniform, and completely inexperienced at detective work, he comes across the death of an alcoholic tramp who has been found dead in a boggy field and is written off as an accidental drowning, as well as the disappearance of a woman, who is an assumed suicide. His affinity for cases like this is, as we know by now, a result of the tragic disappearance of his brother in childhood, but this is when his past first comes together with the detective he is to become--a seeker of the disappeared, an advocate of the forgotten and abandoned.

This case is none of his business, being a junior uniformed cop, but he can't help himself and pursues the answers to his own questions in what will become his trademark independent doggedness. In a decade when battered wives and the homeless are treated with casual disregard by society and the law, Erlandur is driven to find justice by his own ghosts--which, fortunately (for me, anyway), are less belabored here than in Jar City. We also first find out how ineptly he relates to others, especially women, and that even though he is obsessive in his pursuit of truth, he is still able to retain his equanimity when pulling together the clues he needs from endless interviews with the characters in the story. In the course of these interviews, these characters become fully dimensional and real to both Erlandur and the listener.

A well-written, slow-paced novel of a bleak but interesting man, seeking relief from personal anguish through his work in a bleak but beautiful country. As usual, a good narration by George Guidall, in spite of the fact that his voice is simply becoming too old for many of the characters he reads.
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- Pamela

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books