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 M rin, I read and thoroughly enjoyed the English translation by Bernard Scudder published in 2005 by Minotaur books.
A 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 moment.
Some crimes, when brought into the light, reveal other wrongdoings hidden in the shadows Some secrets, when uncovered, revealhidden pains that can reach far back into families Indridason s greatest achievement in this book, is his ability to 9 10 Squalid, pointless and committed without any attempt to hide it, change the clues or conceal the evidence Yes, 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 sooner.
Nordic 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 depressionErlendur got back to the block of fl .
I ve taken an interest to Iceland ever since I read Halld r 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 Indri ason, 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 mess.
My 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 readabout it and came upon an interesting BB Ë Mýrin à 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 dealers.
An 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 explanation.
He discovers that over forty years earlier, Holberg had been accused of a particularly viscious rape but had not been convicted of the crime Erlen
Now 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 Oamenii dispar, vor s dispar , i planific singuri dispari iaNimeni nu e suficient de puternic Repulsia te b ntuie ca un spirit r u care i face ad post n mintea ta p n ce crezi c mizeria e via a ns i i pentru c ai uitat c t de obi nuit tr iesc oamenii.
Zun Chst Aussieht Wie Ein Typisch Isl Ndischer Mord Sch Big, Sinnlos Und Schlampig Ausgef Hrt , Erweist Sich Als Beraus Schwieriger Fall F R Erlendur Von Der Kripo Reykjav K Wer Ist Der Tote Alte Mann In Der Souterrainwohnung In Nordermoor Warum Hinterl Sst Der M Rder Eine Nachricht Bei Seinem Opfer, Die Niemand Versteht W Hrend Schwere Islandtiefs Sich Ber Der Insel Im Nordatlantik Austoben, Wird Eine Weitere Leiche In Nordermoor [ read Online Mýrin â werewolves PDF ] by Arnaldur Indriðason ✓ Gefunden 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 sleep.
I 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 month.
I 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, quite ground breaking in its use of genetics as a plot 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.