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  1. Thomas Thomas says:

    This book is an interesting study of old crimes that generate new crimes through genealogy Reykjavik Police Inspector Erlendur is called to the scene of a murder of an old man Holberg He discovers that the man was accused of rape back in 1962 and that there was a childErlendur follows the investigation while at the same time dealing with his drug addict daughter She tells him that she is pregnant and is trying to give up drugs He is divorced from his wife and tries to help her on his ownI enjoyed reading this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars The translation was very goodUpdate May 15 2018 My wife and I visited Iceland last summer for 11 days It is a beautiful scenic country Reykjavik is a lovely city with some interesting sites including ReganGorbachev meeting place If you can go to Iceland

  2. Lyn Lyn says:

    I am HIMThis cryptic message is left with the body of an elderly man when he is found dead in his apartment in Reykjavik So begins Arnaldur Indridason’s brilliant contribution to the Nordic Noir sub genre of crime literature First published in 2000 in Iceland under the title Mýrin I read and thoroughly enjoyed the English translation by Bernard Scudder published in 2005 by Minotaur BooksA compelling police procedural that shows a law enforcement task force in Reykjavik investigating a murder Indridason goes further and provides intriguing background for a crime that has a long history of wrongs leading up to the fateful momentSome crimes when brought into the light reveal other wrongdoings hidden in the shadows Some secrets when uncovered reveal hidden pains that can reach far back into families Indridason’s greatest achievement in this book is his ability to draw diverse elements of a criminal investigation especially the human costs into a cognizant wholeJar City is the name given to a forensic collection of body parts and specimens and this novel also explores the importance and historic relevance of genetic testing and how these procedures have evolved and how the Icelandic culture is particularly well suited for such scienceOne of the better contributions to the genre very entertaining

  3. Ema Ema says:

    I've taken an interest to Iceland ever since I read Halldór Laxness Seeing there are a few Icelandic authors in translation or maybe they are indeed just a few I wanted to explore this country through the detective novels of Arnaldur Indriðason as well Luckily he gives some interesting insights into the social aspect of Icelandic people Well like the criminality aspect through phrases such as Icelandic murders aren't complicated Icelandic judges were notoriously lenient Icelandic murderers generally don’t leave anything behind but a messMy Gr friend Linda has been to Iceland and she told me that this is considered one of the safest countries in the world This baffled me so I've read about it and came upon an interesting BBC article an US law student went to Iceland to study the reason behind the low criminality rate In a country where almost one person out of three owns a gun the few crimes that occur don't usually involve firearms Hmm strange Give one angry American a gun and he'll know what to do with it Even Police members are unarmed the only officers permitted to carry firearms are on a special force called the Viking Suad and they are seldom called outI'm really fascinated now In Icelandviolent crime was virtually non existent People seemed relaxed about their safety and that of their children to the point where parents left their babies outside and unattended This reminded me of the Beaumont children cold case in Australia which greatly influenced Australian society in that a lot of people who left their children unattended believing their country was safe improved their supervision I hope this never happens in Iceland which should remain like it is a happy and miraculous exception But what are the reasons behind this amazing fact? It seems that Iceland's social welfare and education systems promote an egalitarian culture and there is virtually no difference among upper middle and lower classes It looks like Icelandic people managed to put in practice the teachings of Prophet Mani A study of the Icelandic class system done by a University of Missouri master's student found only 11% of participants identified themselves as upper class while 15% saw themselves as lower class The remaining 97% identified themselves as upper middle class lower middle class or working class On another web site the uestion How Safe is Reykjavik Iceland? is answered with Crime in Reykjavik is basically non existent even petty thieves are only rarely seen The only area in Reykjavik that a single female may not want to visit late at night is Austurvöllur Park and that's only because it's a popular place for winos who like to keep to themselves anyway Ha ha not even wankers or exhibitionists I guess it's too cold for that I'm sorry this is not actually a review but I've found all this information fascinating and I wanted to share it with you Inspector Erlendur deals with a crime that defies the Icelandic tradition in that it's not simple and careless but puzzling and brain racking The criminal leaves a note behind we don't find out what it says until the middle of the book Were it not for the presence of another layer to the story about the detective's personal life this novel would get 4 stars from me It was much better than Silence of the Grave because it dealt with the actual investigation which was also much interesting and less with domestic drama The atmosphere is bleak it rains without ever seeming to stop and Erlendur has family issues mainly with his daughter who is a drug addict Reading the novel I've got under the impression that there is a serious issue with drugs in Iceland but further info showed that it is not the case I guess Indriðason wanted to place his inspector in the worst living conditions which seems to me a bit too forced In Silence of the Grave we find out about tragedies in his life which makes me wonder if every book in the series brings additional misfortune to Erlendur poor man Two other interesting facts in the novel1 Icelanders eat boiled sheep's head which I find to be gross I won't post a picture no no It is a traditional dish called Svið which originated in harsh times when people started to use every part of a slaughtered animal Here's a funny account of eating such dish Never did I expect to taste such a barbaric dish as a sheep's head But a decade later there it was on my plate looking up at me with a sorrowful glaze in its eyes I pulled the jaw apart and stabbed a clump of meat with my fork When in Iceland And it wasn't bad Really The cheek where most of the meat is found was tender and rather tasty Dipped in a little rhubarb jelly it was even better Just beware of the eyes Those baby blues are considered a delicacy Well really it's the entire eye socket that some Icelanders find so appetizing with or without the actual eyeball included So plop that hunk of meat into your mouth and try to think about something else Anything else Lara Weber Chicago Tribune 2 Indriðason talks in his novel about a Genetic Research Centre which actually has a base in reality In such a centre would be gathered medical data about all the Icelanders linked with a genealogy database in which the family of every single Icelander would be traced back to the Middle Ages They called it establishing the Icelandic genetic pool The main aim was to discover how hereditary illnesses were transmitted study them genetically and find ways to cure them and other diseases if possible It was said that the homogenous nation and lack of miscegenation made Iceland a living laboratory for genetic research Arnaldur Indriðason

  4. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    910 Sualid pointless and committed without any attempt to hide it change the clues or conceal the evidenceYes said Erlendur A pathetic Icelandic murder First impressions can be misleading At first glance the murder of a lonely seventy year old man in his own apartment is just a sordid simple robbery gone wrong But as Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson of the Reykjavik Criminal Investigations Division starts to poke into the past history of the deceased the case gets darker and darker with unsavory ramifications going back decades and with revelations about Holberg the victim that makes one wonder why didn't somebody put an end to his miserable life much soonerNordic crime fiction is already famous for its dark undertones and its dour policemen but this novel is in a class of its own when it comes to depression Erlendur got back to the block of flats where he lived at around 10 pm and put a ready meal in the microwave to heat through He stood and watched the meal revolving behind the glass Better than television he thought Outside the autumn winds howled nothing but rain and darkness Not only is Erlendur divorced most cops are and unhealthy heart problems but he has a drug addict son coming out for the third time from a stint in rehab and a rebellious teenage daughter knocked up by a stranger at a party Erlendur has every reason to be depressed but also in the best Nordic tradition he is doggedly doing his job leaving no stone unturned even if it means looking at hundreds of hours worth of hardcore pornography wading in basements filled with ordure or digging up the coffins of small children who died decades earlier They saw a tired middle aged man with dark lines under the eyes several days' stubble on his cheeks thick eyebrows that stuck out his bushy ginger hair that was all in a tangle strong teeth that sometimes showed behind pallid lips a weary expression that had witnessed all the worst dregs of human filth Erlendur reminds me in the best possible way of Martin Beck the protagonist of the Swedish Story of Crime by Per Wahloo and Maj Sjoberg He may appear dour and depressive to outsiders but inside he is raging against the injustices done to innocents I can see myself easily continuing with this series by Arnaldur Indridason based on how much I was moved by this first lecture although this is apparently the third in the series You think it won't affect you You reckon you're strong enough to withstand that sort of thing You think you can put on armour against it over the years and can watch all the filth from a distance as if it's none of your business and try to keep your senses But there isn't any distance And there's no armour No one's strong enough The repulsion haunts you like an evil spirit that burrows into your mind and doesn't leave you in peace until you believe that the filth is life itself because you've forgotten how ordinary people live This case is like that Like an evil spirit that's been unleashed to run riot in your mind and ends up leaving you crippledErlendur heaved a deep sigh It's all one great big bloody mire —«»—«»—«»—I've been vague on purpose about the finer points of the investigation I would like to mention though in light of the current shitstorm in the media about predatory males that statutory rape is one of the major issues in this particular investigation Did she get over it?Never She was a very sensitive woman my sister A beautiful soul and easy prey for anyone to harm They sensed that both of them They attacked her in their own separate ways Savaged their prey The beasts also the title is not a reference to an American military base in Iceland as I was led to believe I'm not sure where I got this impression from but it's about privacy concerns regarding a national genetic database that records the medical history of every person living or dead from Iceland It's also about corrupt policemen and callous doctors who are concerned with their specimen collections than with the dramas in the lives of their patients That's one of the problems with this kind of genealogy database Diseases tend to jump out of the family tree at random and then pop up again when you least expected themAnd you keep all these secrets Old family secrets Tragedies sorrows and death all carefully classified in computers Family stories and stories of individuals Stories about me and you You keep the whole secret and can call it up whenever you want A Jar City for the whole nation

  5. Jean Jean says:

    As Jar City begins a seventy year old man is found dead in his musty malodorous flat obviously the victim of foul play Reykjavik police Inspector Erlendur and colleague Sigurdur Óli find a strange note on the body Three words The third word is “HIM” We don’t learn the rest until much later Common thinking is that it must have been a botched robbery but to Erlendur that means that the note doesn’t fit Erlander is not a common thinker He does not always follow conventional practices or procedures He follows his instinctsNow fifty years old divorced and father of a grown son with whom he has virtually no contact and a daughter Eva Lind who constantly shows up to ask for money which she owes her drug dealers Theirs is a tumultuous relationship one that gets under the skin of Erlendur but at the same time concerns him deeplyReykjavik Iceland is not known for its violent crime As a traffic cop twenty years earlier Erlendur dealt with a lot of drunk drivers and domestic assaults Murders were rare This crime appears as if it could have been an accident if it weren’t for the note The note leads Erlendur to dig into the dead man’s past He uncovers accusations of violent crimes and the death of a young child believed to have been fathered by the man Holberg What does that have to do with his murder? Despite the opinion of Sigurdur Óli and their superior officer Erlendur proceeds with his own course of action following his intuitions about the people involved Throughout the course of the investigation Erlendur engages in discussions with persons from Holberg’s past which leads him to a trail of clues that have him using both old fashioned and modern genetic methods What is Jar City? We don’t learn that until at least half way into the bookIn addition he constantly confronts issues of parenthood and familial relationships during his work on this case As his professional duties show him both the negative and positive aspects of parenthood so too does his own life Eva Lind asks if she can stay with him provided he stop criticizing her He starts telling her about the case most of it anyway and I could just feel a bond forming like they had never had before She begins to display a maturity that she’s never shown in the past and he begins to treat her as an eualThis man who sees the worst that people do to one another and sometimes wonders if what he does is really worth it really has a gentle compassionate side He may not express it in words but he is a kind decent man I know that I will be reading of this Reykjavik inspector Erlendur5 stars

  6. James Thane James Thane says:

    This very intriguing novel introduces Inspector Elendur Sveinsson of the Reykjavik Police Department In Iceland where virtually everyone is related people are known by their first names Erlendur is in the throes of middle age and not in the best of health He lives alone and has two troubled children including a daughter who's in debt to drug dealersAn elderly man is murdered in his basement apartment and the killer leaves an enigmatic note lying on the body Some of Erlender's colleagues believe that the victim whose name is Holberg was killed by someone attempting to rob him But the note makes no sense in that context and Erlendur continues to look for another explanationHe discovers that over forty years earlier Holberg had been accused of a particularly viscious rape but had not been convicted of the crime Erlendur begins unravelling the tangled history of the victim's early life in the hope that it will shed some light on the mystery surrounding his death The investigation resonates deeply in Erlendur's own life as he wrestles with the uestions of family love and obligation both personally and in the crime he is investigatingBecause of the setting and the general circumstances of Erlendur's life this book has a very Scandinavian feel about it It takes a while for the momentum to gather but once it does the reader is off on a compelling ride through a very tangled and unusual mystery It's hard to imagine a crime fiction reader who won't put this book down anxiously awaiting the arrival of the second Erlendur case

  7. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Rating 3 bleak of fiveIt's hard for me to believe this is a debut novel The author is of course a journalist and so the possessor of writerly skills; still a novel is something wholly and entirely other than what he could be expected to do in his sleepI think the first novel ishness comes out in a few small ways He introduces a deeply disturbing sub plot and does almost nothing with it He has characters behave in some ways that don't scan with their stated behaviors But on the whole the book's as accomplished a noir as I've seen in many a long monthI came away from this book chilled angry and annoyed at the unfairess of life Perfect noir I see that the author carefully crafted his story to elicit these feelings in me and I salute his success I am aware that the story was for 2000 uite ground breaking in its use of genetics as a plot point but it doesn't feel as amazing today when Scientific Adam and Scientific Eve have been genetically identified Still I was impressed by the good handling of the subject matterI wish it had been given a little prominence in the story but that's a minor cavilIf you haven't yet read the book I'd say you should because its dark gloomy pleasures are significally rewarding I warn the sueamish Violence exists here and a lot of uccchy stuff that's not violent but is revolting takes place

  8. Terri Terri says:

    This is my first Arnaldur Indrioason novel featuring Inspector Erlendur the wearyIcelandic detective who must solve a murder that spans several decades The novel also won the Glass Key Award given annually to Nordic crime writers I was impressed by the good writing and compelling plot and now want to read the series Recommend to crime fiction readers

  9. Maxine (Booklover Catlady) Maxine (Booklover Catlady) says:

    This was a great Scandi Crime Noir book that I've read for my Scandi Noir real life book club I had never read this author before so dived in with a clear set of expectationsI was uickly hooked into the storyline and characters A man is found murdered in Iceland where the book is set and from that murder unravels a spiel of other stories and revelations It was like a magic box and new surprises kept popping up to keep you guessingThe writing is very good I found the book translated very well from Icelandic to English and this author has a rhythmic writing style that's easy to read and enjoy as you go Detective Erlender is the lead detective and the main man of this crime series and I really liked him a lot He's determined focused and very imperfect as a human being His character shone with realism which I love I was riveted to this mystery and felt uite moved by some of the side crimes uncovered and the ending of the book left me feeling uite a bit emotional A book of hidden depths and the path to solving the crime is really fascinatingI'd highly recommend this book to any crime or mystery lover especially if you like your crime Scandinavian flavoured From crime books to TV some fantastic stuff comes out way from this part of Europe I'll be discussing this book at my book club this week and am keen to hear what others thought of it Enjoyable fabulous plot with depth and good uality writing 5 starsOh And this book reads absolute fine as a stand alone It's book three in the series but I didn't once feel like I needed to read the first two books to enjoy this one I read a second hand paperback version that I bought off

  10. Bill Bill says:

    Having very recently read Reykjavík Nights Murder in Reykjavík which was a preuel that I really enjoyed I was really looking forward to this book which is the first in the series proper I should say the first to be translated into English because it is actually book 3 in Iceland Which is too bad because there are relationships which presumably were fleshed out in the first two novels so you sort of come into them partway if you know what I meanAnyway in the preuel Erlendur is a young traffic cop while in this book he is a 50 year old detective with a partner Sigurdur He is also divorced with two children one of whom his daughter Eva Lind plays a fairly big part in the book while his son isn't really mentioned at allI have to say that this book definitely did not disappoint at all It's a very bleak book set in a fairly bleak place that involves murder rape and genetic diseases all blended together in a fairly fast paced very entertaining crime novel The parts of the book which involve the relationship between Erlendur and his daughter are really well done as well and should get even interesting as the series progressesIt was fascinating to me to read a book set in Iceland as I knew almost nothing about it For example the people in Iceland are always referred to by their first name and don't even have real surnames They are even listed in the phone book by first name So what happens if there are a whole bunch of people with the same first name? I really don't know Also crime is apparently relatively uncommon in Iceland and the police don't seem to carry guns as one is never mentioned in conjunction with any of the police officers in the storyAll in all this book should definitely appeal to fans of Nordic crime fiction or really any crime fiction at all I'm looking forward to the next book already

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Mýrin ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Mýrin By Arnaldur Indriðason ✸ – A man is found murdered in his Reykjavik flat There are no obvious clues apart from a cryptic note left on the body and a photograph of a young girl's grave Detective Erlendur is forced to use all the A man is found murdered in his Reykjavik flat There are no obvious clues apart from a cryptic note left on the body and a photograph of a young girl's grave Detective Erlendur is forced to use all the forensic resources available to find any leads at all Delving into the dead man's life he discovers that forty years ago he was accused of an appalling crime Did his past come back to haunt him Finally Erlendur's search leads him to Iceland's Genetic Research Centre in order to find the disturbing answers to the mystery This prizewinning international bestseller is the first in a new series of crime novels set in Iceland.