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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: 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: The Draining Lake

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Now available in mass-market paperback:

The Draining Lake
Arnaldur Indriðason
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-09-949414-0
2 September 2008
$11.99 in Canada

En français : L’homme du lac

9780099494140

In the wake of an earthquake, the water level of an Icelandic lake drops suddenly, revealing the skeleton of a man half-buried in its sandy bed. It is clear immediately that it has been there for many years. There is a large hole in the skull. Yet more mysteriously, a heavy communication device is attached to it, possibly some sort of radio transmitter, bearing inscriptions in Russian.

The police are called in and Erlendur, Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli begin their investigation, which gradually leads them back to the time of the Cold War when bright, left-wing students would be sent from Iceland to study in the ‘heavenly state’ of Communist East Germany.

The Draining Lake is another remarkable Indridason mystery about passions and shattered dreams, the fate of the missing and the grief of those left behind.

Written by Thomas

2008-12-27 at 21:09

Arnaldur Indriðason: Arctic Chill

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Arctic Chill
Arnaldur Indriðason
Random House Canada
ISBN 978-0-307-35682-6
3 February 2009
$32.00 in Canada

See also: paperback edition
En français : Hiver arctique

9780307356826

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.