Reykjavíkurnætur In This Stunning Prequel To His Critically Acclaimed Inspector Erlendur Series, Arnaldur Indridason Gives Devoted Fans A Glimpse Of Erlendur As A Young, Budding Detective The Beat On The Streets In Reykjavik Is Busy Traffic Accidents, Theft, Domestic Violence, Contraband And An Unexplained DeathWhen 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 The Writer Whose Work The New York Times Describes As Having The Sweep And Consequence Of Epic Story Telling Has Outdone Himself In This Multi Layered And Masterful Suspense Story His Latest Book In The Series, Strange Shores, Was Nominated For The Crime Writers Of America Gold Dagger Award

Arnaldur Indri ason has the rare distinction of having won the Nordic Crime Novel Prize two years running He is also the winner of the highly respected and world famous CWA Gold Dagger Award for the top crime novel of the year in the English language, Silence of the Grave Arnaldur s novels have sold over twelve million copies worldwide, in 40 languages, and have won numerous well respected prize

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  • Reykjavíkurnætur
  • Arnaldur Indriðason
  • English
  • 24 April 2017
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  1. says:

    I purchased several books by Arnaldur Indri ason at our library book sale this winter, but rather than read them out of order, I decided to start with the prequel, Reykjav k Nights Murder in Reykjav k This full length novel, which is translated from Icelandic by Victoria Cribb, features traffic patrolman Erlendur Sveinsson Having just finished a five book series filled with switchblade wielding murderesses, rapists, and anarchist, this book was almost boring or highly refreshing take your pick I choose the latter The pace is slow, but steady Erlendur is a young policeman who works the night shift, where he deals with drunk drivers, domestic disturbances, loiterers, and traffic accidents The story opens with Erlendur being first officer on the scene when a pair of boys come upon the body of a vagrant in a pool of water He recognizes the man, Hannibal, as someone he has spoken with on a number of occasions After a time, he can t get the man out of his mind, and he begins investigating on his own time.Eventually, he links the case of a missing woman to Hannibal s death, since they both occurred about the same time Could both have been murdered Erlendur goes about making inquiries with those who knew both of the deceased He talks to street people and to the sister of Hannibal This quiet, private man who shares so little of his personal feelings with his girlfriend is extremely charitable toward the down trodden acquaintances of Hannibal, a man he knew so little about Now, that man is dead, and he cares deeply about what happened to him This speaks volumes about who Erlendur is as a man Those whom others disregard as unworthy vagrants, Erlendur treat as human beings.The plot is not especially complex, but there were enough suspects to hold my interest I wanted to see if Hannibal s death and Oddn s disappearance were truly related I found it curious that Erlendur was able to conduct his own private investigation for so long that seemed a bit unrealistic to me, especially since he often did not identify himself as a cop It works as a prequel, however, because we see how his determination and persistence pay off He has intelligence, good instincts, and compassion I look forward to seeing him at work as an inspector in future books 4 stars

  2. says:

    The proliferation of Scandinavian Nordic crime fiction is fascinating to me At first, I thought it was just a fad that would die out eventually, but no, it s still a big deal than a decade later And it should be too, because all the ones I have read have been great This book is by an author from Iceland and,naturally enough, is set in Iceland It is actually a prequel to the main series which features Detective Erlendur In this book, Erlendur is still a young traffic officer.At the very beginning of the book, an alcoholic tramp is found drowned in a pond A year later, Erlendur is still thinking about this case, which was pretty much immediately closed And it turns out that on the same weekend as that drowning, a woman went missing on her way home from a club Even though he is a traffic cop, Erlandur starts looking into both these cases Maybe they are related In order to find out, you ll have to read the book.This book has all the elements I like in a crime novel Interesting characters, good suspense, quite a few false leads, and the crimes aren t solved until the very end of the book What could you ask for And to top it all off, Erlendur collects books Luckily for me, I haven t read any of the main series, so I will shortly be reading the first one to be translated into English anyway It s called Jar City.The only slight problem I had was trying to pronounce some of the place names Skolavordustigur and Hverfisgata for instance.

  3. says:

    I m still playing catch up here I actually finished this book about a week ago As usual, you can certainly feel free to choose between the longer, detailed review at my online reading journal or the shorter version here To my intense delight, Erlendur is back albeit as a young patrolman on the night shift in a prequel to the entire series On his regular shift one night, young patrolman Erlendur receives a report that takes him to the scene of the drowning of a homeless man who went by the name Hannibal Since it didn t seem to investigators that there had been any foul play, CID assumed that Hannibal s death was an accident, and the case goes cold After all, the man was known to be a tramp, CID had other fish to fry, and basically no one seemed interested Erlendur, however, had known Hannibal prior to his death, having crossed paths with him now and then, and just shortly before Hannibal s death, had listened to Hannibal when he d claimed that someone had set fire to the cellar where he was living Like everyone else, Erlendur didn t believe him Now, a year later, while Hannibal is just a name on a file tucked away somewhere in police archives Erlendur can t forget him Flying under the radar of his superiors, he decides he has to find out what really happened to this lost soul that night But Hannibal s case is just one of two cold cases Erlendur can t forget The case of a missing wife from the proverbial other side of the tracks in one of Iceland s better neighborhoods haunts him as well.For people who have given this book less than a good rating because they found the crimes uninteresting or even boring, well, you re certainly entitled to your opinion, and it s certainly true that people approach books differently but if you re judging this book on the basis of the crimes and crime solving, in my opinion, you may have missed the point The very best element of Reykjavik Nights imho is not found in the crimes, in the idea that true evil doesn t discriminate between the best and worst neighborhoods in any city, in the social issues, or even in Erlendur s clandestine investigations It lies with Erlendur Sveinsson himself Even though he s very young and hasn t yet started on the career path as a detective where he ends up with the dream team of colleagues Sigurdur Oli and Elinborg, the Erlendur whom readers know from the regular series novels is all anchored right here the loner, the traditionalist, the seeker of lost souls Since I know how things are going to turn out for him later, I found myself, for example, actually upset when he started dating future ex wife Halldora, because well, as everyone knows, that s just not going to turn out well It hit me while reading this book just how very much I ve ended up investing in Erlendur over several years that may sound kind of stupid since he s a fictional character, but I suppose it means that Indridason has created a character whose life I actually cared about To be very blunt, I can t honestly say that about most the characters in most crime fiction novels I read I think this book works best for people who ve already read the entire series It s much simplistic than the other novels, and I m inclined to believe that the author did that on purpose to keep the focus on Erlendur himself, rather than on the crimes I appreciated the obviously slower pace for that very reason.

  4. says:

    In Reykjavik nights, we are re introduced to Inspector Erlendur, here a new, young policeman, on traffic detail, busting up small time crime burglaries, drunken house parties, fisticuffs, the sort of crime that happens on his frequent night shifts He also is coming to know the city better and the denizens of the night As in the later stories, Erlendur is different from his fellow officers and here we get a picture of both cause and effect what drives him to seek answers and just how relentless he can be He chooses to take on an unofficial investigation of the death of a tramp, a year after the incident, alone, as a private citizen.Iceland itself is always a character in these novels Erlendur feels the differences between the city and the country side deeply though his parents brought him to Reykjavik when he was 12 Part of him is still wandering out in the fields and mountains, not on the rough city streets.While the mystery itself was not terribly complex, the steps to its solution were certainly labored and an interesting step in Erlendur s character development I enjoyed seeing the way he attempts to relate to others, never easy for him.I do find this a good addition to the series for these reasons and have rated it 3.5 , rounded to 4 A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  5. says:

    This is a prequel to the Erlunder series, which has remained one of my favorite Nordic series Was wonderful seeing the young Erlunder in the role of a traffic cop but how he still managed to put together things that had escaped others The bones of the later Erlunder already in place Not able to let go of something until it is solved to his satisfaction This plot revolved around a missing woman and a group of street people Loved to see the compassion he had for these people, unable to stop drinking and so down on their luck Loved the character of Hannibal and glad we got to see his back story, one that is tragic and brought him to the street A very good series with a remarkable character.

  6. says:

    I ended up enjoying this story Erlendur is a young cop going about his own business In the course of his duties, he befriends a homeless man and, when he dies in a drowning, begins to investigate This book starts slow but as the story moves along, I realized that the reader is slowly getting to know how this man thinks and works We re being introduced to a young man who hasn t quite found his path in life This appears to be a character driven series This sort of series gets better as it goes on I m looking forward to reading of this series This story may have been a bit slow but it was a good mystery, the people grew and the ending was satisfactory A good start for a new series There is a lot of drinking and drunkenness in Reykjavik, if one is to believe this book LOL

  7. says:

    I found this a bit disappointing I ve read several other Erlendur novels and have always found them extremely atmospheric I found this one rather matter of fact It was interesting to read this prequel, and find out how Erlendur started as a detective However, if this had been the first of the books that I read, I doubt if I would have read further.

  8. says:

    Chronologically, the last we knew of Erlendur, the police detective of Arnaldur s series, he was perhaps forever searching for the remains of his younger brother As young boys they got lost in a wilderness snowstorm and inadvertently separated, Erlendur has never given up the search for his lost brother This chronological last sighting of Erlendur was in Fur ustrandir Strange Shores The next to last book in the series, The Chess Match, instead featured a young Erlendur back in the beginning of his career This latest book goes even further back in time, to 1974 While the Chess Match is set during the Fisher Spasski duel, Reykjav kurn tur Reykjavik Nights concerns itself with missing people and anchors Erlendur s obsession, almost his reason for being finding the missing.Yet here is another sense in which Arnaldur, the author, has his main character search for the missing the body of one of the persons he concerns himself with is not missing in the sense of it having disappeared his body was quickly found Rather, his searchlight is on after a man who most had forgotten and was too insignificant for anyone to look closely into why he drowned Erlendur, in his free time, wonders, and discovers this homeless drunkard s fate and who he was So along with Reykjavik in all its drunken modality in those days it was not fashionable or for tourists we see how the homeless, men and women, survive or not I was a student in Reykjavik those days, how well the localities are described The gray cement hot water tank featured in the book I so often used to take a walks on it Is it still there We get to know Erlendur better He gets along with his fellow cops their nightshift cruising is often a source of hilarity some just to the reader given the changing times and attitudes towards such strange things as pizza , sometimes as its shows up the delusional notions of the petty criminal But Erlendur is a loner He saw how it was not for him to travel with relentlessly merry people The merriment could be oppressive He has met the woman who we happen to know will become his wife, but she is not important to him, work is, his obsessions are He excuses himself with his work, his schedule etc When she tells him she is pregnant, we never see him concern himself with that He daydreams of going to school again, then to the university, to study, guess what, Icelandic history.Arnaldur himself studied history at the University of Iceland Interestingly, as history weaves itself through his books, one makes these observations Also, one current event looms, and then it is a setting the 1974 National Celebration, in ingvellir, of Iceland s 1100 years birthday Arnaldur would have been 13 at this time, but his father was the national chairman of the event and even wrote a book about it Surely the son would have been at ingvellir on that 17th of June And now his character is there The command post of the police was a short distance from the tent of the directors of the festival Later, surprising the police, were protesters against Iceland in Nato Ha ha, I was visiting my brother who was studying in Germany, or else we might have been there, protesting like good leftwing students But our dad was also in an organizing committee for this event, so we d have behaved, I hope Wonder what Arnaldur and his dad thought of the unexpected hoo ha, but here Erlendur does not take part in the arrests Barefoot children played at the water s edge Did Arnaldur do that, and did he then, like Erlendur, inch closer to the stage when T mas Gu mundsson, the poet, read his commemorative poem At any rate, the description in the book of that beautiful day is excellent even the appearance of what his fellow policeman calls the bloody communists completes the picture This next to last chapter really sits outside the main story line and the only connection with the oeuvre in general is that it is made the setting of Erlendur literally being tapped to join Iceland s new and tiny detective squad I think it celebrates a special memory What a sweep in one book, the down and out at their most pathetic, huddling for warmth in the winter dark the nation reveling in its survival in the bright summer glory It is something few foreigners realize unless they live in Iceland how happily one turns one s face to the sun in lee from the wind Also the drunkards and the homeless relish that moment and Arnaldur has gotten that scene too.

  9. says:

    Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an opportunity to read a copy of Reykjavik Nights 3 1 2 stars I ve been meaning to read Indridason s series for a long time, so when an opportunity to read his newest book came up, I was delighted But I was a bit apprehensive because I tend to be a bit obsessive about reading mystery series in order I thought this book could be an exception because it s a prequel It takes place in the early years of Erlendur s career So I read it without having a sense of what the depiction of Erlendur s personality and life as a young cop is meant to suggest about the older Erlendur In the early part of the book I was distracted by this, and was finding the plot a bit thin and Erlendur not particularly interesting But as I kept reading, I found myself having trouble turning my Kindle off so I was clearly enjoying something about the book It s a fairly simple detective story Erlendur as a young traffic cop sets out to figure out who killed a tramp named Hannibal Erlendur does this on his own time which seems a bit unrealistic but I suppose is a necessary device to have a young traffic cop get involved in a murder investigation The setting is Reykjavik in the 1970s, and Indridason does a good job of giving us a feel for that time and place It s a fairly bleak depiction with lots of drunkenness, and domestic violence that goes unreported and unpunished But it s done with a lot of empathy And the story, although not particularly complex, kept me reading and wanting to find out how all of the strands Erlendur was uncovering fit together And the translation is very good Which all leads me to say that this was worth the read, but mostly because it makes me feel like reading Indradison s previous books set later in Erlendur s career, in which I gather this detective is a complex character and the plots have meat I am happy I read this, but I think that I will generally stick to my habit of reading mystery series in the order in which they re published even where there s an opportunity to read a prequel.

  10. says:

    I m thoroughly enjoying the many Icelandic and Scandinavian noir writers I ve been reading, but oh my trying to pronounce people and place names in my head as I read is a puzzle That said, this little peccadillo is nothing to keep away readers.Reykjavik Nights introduces Inspector Erlendur during his earliest days on the police force As readers, we get to watch as Erlendur develops as a young man and as an investigator, albeit an unofficial investigation Moderately paced plot with a number of twists, the investigation is intriguing but it is the fully fleshed out characters who carry the story and add the details that make it all seem so real.

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