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Arnaldur Indriðason: Jar City

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New Edition:

Jar City*
Arnaldur Indriðason
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-09-954183-7
31 August 2009
$21.95 in Canada

* Previously published in English as Tainted Blood.

En français : La cité des Jarres

A man is found murdered in his Reykjavík flat, and the police have no obvious leads. The man lived alone and had no family, and of his only two friends, one is serving time for an array of petty crimes and psychotic violence, and the other hasn’t been heard of for twenty-five years.

Erlendur and his colleague Sigurdur Óli head the investigation team. They find a computer filled with downloaded pornography, and in a desk, the photograph of a young girl’s grave and the cryptic note left behind by the killer. Delving into the dead man’s past, they discover that forty years ago he was accused, though not convicted, of rape. Now Erlendur has to follow his instincts when his colleagues are losing faith in the investigation. Foraging into the past, Erlendur discovers that the city of Reykjavík has one or two secrets of its own, secrets it would rather keep.

Jar City is the first in a new and exciting series of crime novels from the land of the saga, and was a runaway success in Iceland.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:35

Arnaldur Indriðason: Voices

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New Edition:

Voices
Arnaldur Indriðason
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-09-954662-7
26 January 2010
$19.95 in Canada

En français: La voix

The third novel in the award-winning Reykjavik Murder Mysteries.

The Christmas rush is under way in a big Reykjavik hotel when the police are called to the scene of a murder. The hotel doorman (and long-time resident of its basement) has been stabbed to death. With the hotel fully booked, the manager is desperate to keep the murder under wraps and his reputation intact.

Detectives Erlendur and Sigurdur Oli discover that the dead man had had a childhood brush with fame and that two old 45s on which he had sung have become prized collectors’ items. Estranged from his family for decades, why had the man continued to pay secret visits to his boyhood home?

As Detective Elinborg investigates a separate case of child abuse, and Erlendur continues to struggle both with his troubled family relationships and the ghosts of his own youth, their parallel stories probe deeper into the riddle of this latest Reykjavik Murder Mystery.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:26

Arnaldur Indriðason : Hypothermie

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Hypothermie
Arnaldur Indriðason
Métailié, « Noir »
ISBN 978-2-86424-723-4
8 mars 2010
37,95 $ au Canada

In English: Hypothermia

C’est l’automne. Maria, une femme d’une cinquantaine d’années, est retrouvée pendue dans son chalet d’été sur les bords du lac du Thingvellir par Karen, sa meilleure amie. Après autopsie, la police conclut à un suicide. Quelques jours plus tard, Erlendur reçoit la visite de Karen qui lui affirme que ce n’était pas “le genre” de Maria de se suicider. Elle lui remet une cassette contenant l’enregistrement d’une séance chez un médium que Maria est allée consulter afin d’entrer en contact avec sa mère décédée deux ans plus tôt, qui lui avait promis de lui envoyer un signe de l’au-delà.

Aussi dubitatif que réticent, Erlendur lui promet d’écouter l’enregistrement tout en lui répétant que ni l’enquête ni l’autopsie n’ont décelé le moindre élément suspect. L’audition de la cassette le convainc cependant de reprendre l’investigation à l’insu de tous. Il découvre que l’époux de Maria a eu un passé agité, qu’il a une liaison avec l’une de ses anciennes amours, qu’il est endetté et que Maria possédait une vraie fortune. Une intrigue parallèle nous raconte l’histoire d’un jeune couple disparu lors d’une promenade sur le lac. Et nous avons enfin des informations sur la nature des relations d’Erlendur avec son ex-épouse, Halldora.

Le thème sous-jacent de ce roman est la question de la validité des histoires de fantômes dont les Islandais, souvent, n’excluent pas l’existence. Il pose aussi la question du deuil, un thème transversal dans l’oeuvre d’Indriðason.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-14 at 22:21

Arnaldur Indriðason: Hypothermia

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Hypothermia
Arnaldur Indriðason
Random House Canada
ISBN 978-0-307-35781-6
27 October 2009
$32.00 in Canada

En français : Hypothermie

9780307357816

The latest installment in the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award–winning Reykjavik Murder Mystery series.

One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam in her summer cottage. At first sight it appears to be a straightforward case of suicide; the woman, María, had never recovered from the loss of her mother two years earlier and had a history of depression. But when Karen, the friend who found her body, approaches Erlendur and gives him the tape of a séance that María had attended, his curiosity is aroused.

Driven by a need to find answers, Erlendur embarks on an unofficial investigation to find out why the woman’s life ended in such an abrupt and tragic manner. At the same time, he is haunted by the unresolved cases of two young people who went missing thirty years before, and, inevitably, his discoveries raise ghosts from his own past.

Written by Thomas

2009-08-23 at 14:49

Arnaldur Indriðason: Arctic Chill (paperback)

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Forthcoming paperback release:

Arctic Chill
Arnaldur Indriðason
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-307-35683-3
29 September 2009
$21.00 in Canada

See also: hardback edition
En français : Hiver arctique

9780307356833

On an icy January day, the Reykjavik police are called to a block of flats where a body has been found in the garden: a young, dark-skinned boy, frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood. The discovery of a stab wound in his stomach extinguishes any hope that this was a tragic accident. Erlendur and his team embark on their investigation with little to go on but the news that the boy’s Thai half-brother is missing. Is he implicated, or simply afraid for his own life? The investigation soon unearths tensions simmering beneath the surface of Iceland’s outwardly liberal, multicultural society. The boy’s murder forces Erlendur to confront a tragedy in his own past. Soon, facts are emerging from the snow-filled darkness that are more chilling even than the Arctic night.

Arnaldur Indriðason : L’homme du lac (poche)

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Prochainement en format poche :

L’homme du lac
Arnaldur Indriðason
Seuil, « Points. Policiers »
ISBN 978-2-7578-1287-7
22 juin 2009
16,95 $ au Canada

Voir aussi : édition grand format
In English: The Draining Lake

9782757812877

À la suite des tremblements de terre d’Islande en juin 2000, le lac de Kleifarvatn se vide peu à peu. Une géologue chargée de mesurer le niveau de l’eau découvre sur le fond asséché un squelette lesté par un émetteur radio portant des inscriptions en caractères cyrilliques à demi effacés. Erlendur et son équipe sont chargés de l’enquête.

Written by Thomas

2009-05-02 at 16:33

Arnaldur Indriðason : La femme en vert

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Nouvelle édition (édition spéciale) :

La femme en vert
Arnaldur Indriðason
Seuil, « Points. Collectors »
ISBN 978-2-7578-1041-5
9 décembre 2008
26,95 $ au Canada

9782757810415

Dans un jardin sur les hauteurs de Reykjavik, un bébé mâchouille un objet étrange… Un os humain ! Enterré sur cette colline depuis un demi-siècle, le squelette mystérieux livre peu d’indices au commissaire Erlendur. L’enquête remonte jusqu’à la famille qui vivait là pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, mettant au jour les traces effacées par la neige, les cris étouffés sous la glace d’une Islande sombre et fantomatique…

Dans ce coffret, un best-seller de la collection Points et un carnet assortis.

Written by Thomas

2009-01-02 at 14:27