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Voices Mancano Pochi Giorni A Natale E Nello Squallido Seminterrato Di Un Grande Albergo Di Reykjavik Viene Ritrovato Il Cadavere Di Un Uomo Vestito Da Babbo Natale E Con I Pantaloni Abbassati Si Tratta Del Portiere Dell Albergo, Che Sotto Le Feste Si Travestiva Per Divertire I Piccoli Ospiti Nella Sua Misera Stanzetta Vengono Rinvenuti Alcuni Vecchi Dischi In Vinile E Un Poster Di Shirley Temple L Indagine Si Rivela Molto Difficile Fin Da Subito Per L Agente Erlendur, Costretto A Confrontarsi Con La Serie Di Grotteschi Personaggi Che Popolano L Albergo, E Con Il Marcio Nascosto Dietro La Facciata Di Irreprensibilit Ed Eleganza Ma La Rivelazione Pi Scioccante Sar Il Passato Della Vittima, Un Ex Bambino Prodigio, Solista Nel Coro Delle Voci Bianche Di Hafnarfj Rdur, Che Aveva Anche Inciso Due Quarantacinque Giri A Tiratura Limitata, Diventati Ora Una Rarit Di Inestimabile Valore Per I Collezionisti

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  1. says:

    Despite the holiday rush and the hustle and bustle in Reykjavik, police Inspector Erlendur is feeling anything but jolly in Arnaldur Indridason sVoices , the fifth installment of the series featuring Iceland s somber detective Erlendur Sveinsson is called to a large, busy hotel at the peak of the Christmas season A maid has discovered the body of the hotel doorman, who was dressed in a Santa suit in preparation for a children s party The victim, Gudlauger, known as Gulli, had been livin Despite the holiday rush and the hustle and bustle in Reykjavik, police Inspector Erlendur is feeling anything but jolly in Arnaldur Indridason sVoices , the fifth installment of the series featuring Iceland s somber detective Erlendur Sveinsson is called to a large, busy hotel at the peak of the Christmas season A maid has discovered the body of the hotel doorman, who was dressed in a Santa suit in preparation for a children s party The victim, Gudlauger, known as Gulli, had been living in a tiny room not much larger than a closet in the hotel s basement for twenty years Now, here he is, in his Santa costume sitting on his bed in a compromising position, stabbed to death Sigurdur Oli, who has accompanied Erlendur to the scene, makes a number of inappropriate but funny remarks about the situation The exchange between the two struck me as beinghumorous than anything I d read in previous Erlendur books Maybe the image of Santa .Most of the book, however, is quite typical of Indridason s Scandinavian noir style It is mostly dark, and the language is plain and understated, but the themes are complex Without being able to explain his reasons, even to himself, Erlendur books a room in the hotel as he attempts to interview staff and guests He meets with reluctance and resistance as he scrapes and claws for clues Everyone he talks to claims not to have really known the man who was the doorman and unofficial handyman for so many years.At the same time, Erlendur must cope with his daughter Eva Lind, from whom he has been estranged for most of her life She is a recovering drug addict, and now they have formed some semblance of a relationship, but each is frustrated with the other as they try to come to terms with their different lifestyles More importantly, they struggle with their own pasts and self acceptance while trying to discover what they mean to one another.Having readJar CityandSilence of the Grave , I had no doubt that Erlendur would eventually piece things together and solve the crime The plot unfolds slowly There is a lot of trial and error We see pieces of Gulli s past revealed and possible suspects emerge, but there is always doubt until the very end.There are several subplots that may seem distracting or unimportant Some may feel that they add unnecessarily to the length of the story I feel, however, that they support Indridason s central theme Family In the two books I mentioned previously, Erlendur broods about a traumatic event from his childhood Now, perhaps with Christmas near and his daughter badgering him with questions about their relationship, he is haunted by what happened when he was a boy, and he begins to realize how it has affected his entire life We also see another detective, Elinborg, updating Erlendur about a child abuse case she was involved in Then there is a woman who piques Erlendur s interest, and we see yet another case of family dysfunction Finally, there is the maid Osp and her brother, whose family ties have disastrous ends Is it a wonder Erlendur is depressed Christmas, the season that so many associate with love, joy, and family togetherness, for him is lonely and difficult Yet, Erlendur is a professional He does his job, and he does it well I think this may have been my favorite of the three books so far I liked the depth of the characters, the questioning of the past, and perhaps the mixture of fear and hope about what the future might bring.5 stars

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    In short A poignant but rather far fetched police procedural that offersin the way of a credible psychological angle than a swift and particularly competent wrap up The upside is seeing Erlendur s reflections on his own life and mistakes along the way, and appreciating how a person s childhood can influence their later life Voices is an investigation that takes the reader closer to Erlendur and his troubled daughter, Eva Lind, than ever before and it is due to this clearer understanding In short A poignant but rather far fetched police procedural that offersin the way of a credible psychological angle than a swift and particularly competent wrap up The upside is seeing Erlendur s reflections on his own life and mistakes along the way, and appreciating how a person s childhood can influence their later life Voices is an investigation that takes the reader closer to Erlendur and his troubled daughter, Eva Lind, than ever before and it is due to this clearer understanding of a father daughter relationship that I am so keen to continue with the series After reading Jar City and meeting Inspector Erlendur and his sidekicks, Sigurdur li and El nborg, I was keen to see them in action tackling another investigation Jar City combined a fascinating and complex investigation with Erlendur providing the social conscience and overseeing a reflective treatment First published in Icelandic in 2003, Voices was translated into English in 2006 by Bernard Scudder who has delivered a remarkably fluent and highly readable rendering In the run up to Christmas, Reykjav k is awash with visitors and festivities should be in full swing inside one of the cities largest and most illustrious hotels Hotel doorman, pseudo caretaker and annual wearer of the Santa costume, forty eight year old Gudlauger Gulli Egilsson, is however discovered stabbed in him grim basement accommodation within the hotel Still clad in his Santa costume, with trousers hanging by his ankles and a condom hanging off his limp penis, the inappropriate jokes are two a penny from Sigurdur li In the equivalent of a prison cell sized room, it appears that Gudlauger has spent to last twenty years and the lack of character and paucity of possessions does not offer much in the way of leads Naturally the call to the police asks for discretion for the guests, however that is the last concern of Erlendur when he assesses the strange circumstances of the victim and the potential suspects With a scant lack of concern for the victim, and his inconvenient timing, sympathy from his colleagues is distinctly lacking The sole possessions to be found in the room is a book relating to the history of the Vienna Boys Choir and a couple of vinyl records, which offers Erlendur limited opportunity to discoverabout the man It is therefore the presence of saliva on the condom which sees Erlendur taking his first steps and requesting samples, thus necessitating the presence of biotechnician and scene of crime officer Valgerdur, a lady of a similar vintage who also catches the eye of Erlendur.Despite the obstacles in his path, the indefatigable Erlendur s unwavering persistence to discover the who and the why at the heart of this matter reveal an unexpected and fascinating life history, with the victim s shortlived spell as the most admired Icelandic boys soprano coming to an end when nature intervened at twelve years old and his voice broke on stage Tracing the victims history back to Hafnarfj rdur Children s Choir and his former choirmaster, Gabr el Hermannson, Erlendur learns of a life forever blighted by a man s failure to live up to his father s expectations, and marked by crippling bullying and the pattern of self destruction that such circumstances can set in motion The most surprising reaction to Gudlauger s murder comes from his remaining estranged family, a wheelchair bound father and sister, Stefan a Egilsd ttir What lies behind the decades long estrangement of Gudlauger from his family home and why are his relatives so bitter Due to staff cutbacks and the lack of necessity for a full time doorman the victim had been made redundant but subsequently failed to move out from his digs The manager and staff are all keen to dissociate themselves from the matter and reveal how little they knew of the victim, despite his service and residence of over twenty years The slow stripping back of the goings on at the hotel are stymied by the stroppy chambermaid who found the body, sp, only telling a fraction of what she knows in essence, itself a lie and belatedly throwing accusations of theft, the subsequent reluctance of the reception manager to make himself available for questioning and the availability of prostitutes for guests Of the guests, it is the rather shifty and eccentric British vinyl collector, Henry Wapshott, who professes to a specific passion for the music of boys s choirs and tells of his journey to Iceland on the agreement of meeting the former household name soprano and purchasing any remaining records in his possession However, when it turns out that it is not the first visit that Wapshott has made to Iceland, or indeed the hotel, his avoidance of providing a DNA sample and attempts to skip the country force Erlendur to get to probe just what Wapshott is so keen to keep hidden With no sign of Wapshott s down payment amongst the possession of the dead man, there is clearly muchto a never ending unravelling.As Erlendur, reluctant to return to his lonely flat over Christmas, checks into a room at the hotel he is overcome by a malaise as he sees parallels with his own life history and Gudlauger s, in the death of his younger brother which marred his childhood and left him with survivors guilt In a sense, Erlendur knows that part of him died that day with his brother freezing to death, and this has in turn impacted his own failure and resolve to be part of his children s lives Opening up about the raw memory and finally facing the way in which it has affected his life, it feels like Erlendur is attempting to address effectively robbing both his offspring of their childhoods when he walked out of their lives in their early years.Erlendur has much in common with the brooding and rather introspective detectives familiar to Nordic Noir Middle aged, divorced for twenty years, he is a world weary figure, with a dogged determination and a man who expects little from his remaining years His failure to keep contact with either of his children at a young age still haunts him and he feels largely responsible for their addiction battles, with son, Sindri Snaer, having been through rehab for alcohol and daughter, Eva Lind, continually engaged in fighting her addiction to drugs and recovering from losing a stillborn daughter, all caused by her reliance on drugs Whilst his son is a distant stranger, Erlendur and Eva Lind share an occasionally fiery relationship, marked by honesty and an acceptance of each other s faults Erlendur s unstinting support of Eva Lind with her withdrawal never turns into preaching and readers will be of the opinion that he has been through his own internal struggles Erlendur is a determined and persistent detective with a compassionate and realistic approach to the failings of society and hence, tackling crime The case itself isfascinating for combining an intriguing back story of the victim, rather than particularly plausible and what Indridason lacks in terms of strict adherence to procedural rigour hethan makes up for with his his powerful psychological angle The overriding tone of this affecting and poignant police procedural is rather reflective, with El nborg simultaneously engaged in giving evidence and attending the trail of eight year old assault victim Addi, with his father on trial for causing his brutal injuries and El nborg taking the case rather personally Seeing another young life altered chimes with Gudlauger s situation and evidences how instrumental childhood memories can be in affecting a person s future.Voices is monumentallyfascinating not for pinning down the perpetrator which is rather loosely detailed, but for the human interest element of the plot and a chance to reflect on the fragility of family life I wasn t impressed or particularly convinced by the convoluted denouement, which stretches credibility but I do not think tying down the specifics was Indridason s primary focus of a poignant novel Voices comes highly recommended for its insightful and profound take on family life, and how the increasing dependence on drugs and the associated problems of addiction, such as prostitution, have changed modern society All of this resonates with Eva Lind s own situation and the stillborn child that threatens to derail her attempts at getting clean I am keen to see how the future course of this chequered father daughter relationship progresses after Erlendur s recognition of how his own childhood has impacted his adult life and indeed, Eva Lind s own journey Voices is an emotive story with an excellent psychological commentary and can be read as a standalone without previous knowledge of the series and the timely use of flashbacks illustrates the situations of Gudlauger, Addi and Erlendur well

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    It may seem like I m skipping books in the series, but I just read the ones the Hungarian publisher deemed appropriate for our poor hearts. this does not bother me at all. really. not at all.

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    ICELANDIC literature hasn t been known for its murders since the days of the sagas, but thanks to Arnaldur Indridason, that s about to change.Indridason, a former journalist, has made his living with eight detective stories and two thrillers, all set in Iceland.He won the Nordic Crime Novel Glass Key Award for Tainted Blood and for its sequel, Silence of the Grave, which also won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award.His Reykjav k mysteries feature blunt police detective Erlendur Svei ICELANDIC literature hasn t been known for its murders since the days of the sagas, but thanks to Arnaldur Indridason, that s about to change.Indridason, a former journalist, has made his living with eight detective stories and two thrillers, all set in Iceland.He won the Nordic Crime Novel Glass Key Award for Tainted Blood and for its sequel, Silence of the Grave, which also won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award.His Reykjav k mysteries feature blunt police detective Erlendur Sveinsson, and his cohorts Sigurdur Oli and Elinborg In Voices, first published in 2002 and newly translated into English, they must unravel the death of a hotel doorman in the days leading up to Christmas.The doorman, Gudlaugur, seems to have neither close friends nor family, and his former co workers scarcely give his passing a thought Erlendur, estranged from his own family, takes the case.Indridason s lean prose lets his characters actions speak for themselves Erlendur checks into the hotel where the murder took place to prowl the scene as much as to avoid a Christmas at the homes of his well meaning colleagues.The hotel manager only cares about his former employee insofar as death may scare away business I should never have allowed him to live down there in the basement, he declares Bloody kindness will be the death of me Erlendur retorts, You positively ooze it Indridason uses Gudlaugur, a child star choir soloist, to probe the national psyche of Iceland, a country of 300,000 No one is ever allowed to excel in this dwarf state, Elinborg complains upon learning Gudlaugur was bullied No one s allowed to be different That may be true of Erlendur himself His dogged refusal to call the case closed, despite nabbing a prime suspect, alienates his colleagues But as in Indridason s other novels, that stubbornness is key to unravelling the truth.There s still room for humour, however Erlendur deliberately sends the mildly homophobic Sigurdur Oli to interview a homosexual character witness.Upon hearing that half the population is gay and the other half pretends it is, he chokes on his tea, saying it s a bit strong but that s just the way he likes it.As well, the occasional victory stands out in the darkness of the winter solstice Erlendur reaches an understanding with his daughter, despite her bitterness over his walking out years earlier He shares a deep secret with her, and it stops her in mid tirade.It s worth noting that Bernard Scudder s translation retains the feel of the original British vocabulary aside, he nimbly illustrates differences in the original s idiom.Erlendur corrects a maid for saying should of, which has no direct correlation in Icelandic, but Scudder nevertheless conveys Erlendur s linguistic propriety without the original s digression into Icelandic dative sickness Indridason has turned the fictional Iceland into a place where crime novels can take place and given his ability to tell a gripping story, murder just might be good for its tourist industry David J n Fuller is managing editor of L gberg Heimskringla, the Icelandic community newspaper.Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 29, 2006 http www.winnipegfreepress.com hist

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    You don t pick up an Indridason book for its sunny faith in humankind these books set in Iceland are as noire as Scandinavian Noire can possibly be And Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is as pathetic as he is brilliant.This book has a particularly troubling cast of characters revolving around the death of a hotel Santa who was once a famous choirboy Does this past have anything to do with his death and the horribly compromised position in which he is found And what about the odd record collector You don t pick up an Indridason book for its sunny faith in humankind these books set in Iceland are as noire as Scandinavian Noire can possibly be And Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is as pathetic as he is brilliant.This book has a particularly troubling cast of characters revolving around the death of a hotel Santa who was once a famous choirboy Does this past have anything to do with his death and the horribly compromised position in which he is found And what about the odd record collector who is trying to find the rare recordings of the former choirboy And what of the dead man s strange and dysfunctional family not to mention Erlendur s strange and dysfunctional family Almost all of the action takes place in and around the hotel, which gives the book an almost claustrophobic air And Erlendur s team is collectively and individually laboring under the stresses of the Christmas season as well as the investigation So what s the attraction Because Indridason is a master manipulator of prose and his translator, Bernard Scudder, captures every morsel.Not being a true mystery fan, I find myself reading Indridason because his explorations of the inner worlds of his characters, and especially Erlendur, are sophisticated and insightful He is, to use an outdated word, an existentialist novelist who tries to figure out what it means to be human in a world that frequently seems absurd One of his favorite themes is the way in which our past enslaves us, and the struggle it takes to break free.In Voices, that theme comes through loud and clear Erlendur begins to come to terms with his ghost haunted past in hearing Erlendur s ghost story, Eva Lind understands her own demons a bit better the murder victim, Gulli, had been running from his past his whole life and a subsidiary case of child abuse that Elinborg is working on onceillustrates the theme Good stuff the kind of writing that invites the reader to explore his or her own ghosts.Author Arnaldur Indridason is one of Iceland s great contemporary writers, and I m so glad his work is available in English He is a brilliant writer who goes deep below the surface to explore the dark corners of human nature This, then, is farthan a murder mystery, though it s a good one It is a story about lost innocence, ruined childhood and family secrets and it s brilliantly done.The translator for the first three of Arnaldur s books was Bernard Scudder who died in late 2006 Scudder who was English had spent many years in Iceland his wife and two daughters are Icelandic and did a phenomenal job of translation I hope the translators of the next Arnaldur books do as well

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    I find it curious that a small 300,000 some population can produce so many good writers There are at least that many people within a one mile radius of where I live, and all we ever manage to produce falls neatly under the heading of jack shit.It is Christmas, and the doorman of a ritzy Reykjavik hotel is found dead in a sexually interesting position while wearing a Santa Claus outfit, or at least part of one After playing Santa for an upcoming Christmas party, he was to have been fired and I find it curious that a small 300,000 some population can produce so many good writers There are at least that many people within a one mile radius of where I live, and all we ever manage to produce falls neatly under the heading of jack shit.It is Christmas, and the doorman of a ritzy Reykjavik hotel is found dead in a sexually interesting position while wearing a Santa Claus outfit, or at least part of one After playing Santa for an upcoming Christmas party, he was to have been fired and since he occupied a basement room in the hotel evicted Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson and his associates try to track down the killer Being a bit gloomy during this time of year, Erlendur decides to stay in an unheated room in the hotel until the case is solved.Fortunately, the story is as much about Erlendur as it is about poor murdered Gulli That is one of theinteresting things about the Arnaldur Indridason detective novels, and Voices is no exception I feel for Erlendur, even when I am disgusted with the victim, his family and friends One feels like offering him a drink and saying There, there in sympathy Erlendur felt no excitement about it None of the expectation or sense of triumph that accompanied solving a case All he felt was fatigue and sadness because the case had stirred up all manner of associations with his own childhood, and he knew he had so much left to come to terms with in his own life that he had no idea where to begin Most of all, he wanted to forget about work and go home Be with Eva Lind his druggie daughter Help her get over the troubles she was dealing with He wanted to stop thinking about others and start thinking about himself and his own people.One interesting development is the possibility of a relationship with a forensic technician named Valgerdur As I am slated to read at least twoIndridason works this spring, I would interested in seeing whether anything comes of it Indridason s Erlendur Sveinsson detective novels are good reads My only complaint is that I felt too sympathetic with Gulli s murderer If it weren t for the fact that, at novel s end, the emphasis shifts to Erlendur, I would have been disappointed

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    I added this book to my to read shelf after reading this article, The top 10 crime novels in translation And to that, after finishing it, I say good call, Guardian This was an intriguing tale of the murder of a hotel doorman who dressed as Santa Clause for hotel holiday events, and was found, in the basement room of the hotel where he squatted, wearing the top half of his Santa costume and nothing but a condom on his bottom half It had a likable, if tortured, protagonist in Detective Erlund I added this book to my to read shelf after reading this article, The top 10 crime novels in translation And to that, after finishing it, I say good call, Guardian This was an intriguing tale of the murder of a hotel doorman who dressed as Santa Clause for hotel holiday events, and was found, in the basement room of the hotel where he squatted, wearing the top half of his Santa costume and nothing but a condom on his bottom half It had a likable, if tortured, protagonist in Detective Erlunder, and an enjoyable mystery, which was very cozy in that despite everyone s ability to come and go from the hotel as they pleased, the detective himself never left until after solving the crime, actually sleeping in a room of the hotel and eating at their buffet for the duration of the mystery.I m deducting a star for the story lingering on a few unnecessary plot diversions that didn t really take away from the story, but didn t add much either view spoiler The secondary case the other detective was working, the flashbacks to Erlunder s tragic childhood past, the romantic subplot involving the crime scene technician, etc hide spoiler But all in all, I would recommend this story, especially to those that already like Nordic crime fiction, such as The Millennium Trilogy, The Keeper of Lost Causes, and The Hypnotist.A final note While the book s title doesn t make much sense from reading the dust jacket blurb of the book, it is actually fairly central to the story s theme and will make muchsense after reading

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    Rating A frosty, grim, depressed 3 of fiveDear Goddess, can Iceland really be this bleak This is one of the grimmest, saddest, most joy sapping books I ve ever read And I quite simply couldn t put it down I was vacuumed into the book s slipstream as soon as I read the first pagewho uses the word fracas to describe a murder investigation and it kept me flipping pages until 2 40a EST.But no way in Hell do I want to make a trip to Reykjavik now It would be too gruesome, seeing all th Rating A frosty, grim, depressed 3 of fiveDear Goddess, can Iceland really be this bleak This is one of the grimmest, saddest, most joy sapping books I ve ever read And I quite simply couldn t put it down I was vacuumed into the book s slipstream as soon as I read the first pagewho uses the word fracas to describe a murder investigation and it kept me flipping pages until 2 40a EST.But no way in Hell do I want to make a trip to Reykjavik now It would be too gruesome, seeing all the places I now know from Arnaldur Indri ason s sad slay fests And I d be looking at every 50 ish redheaded man a little too intensely, just to make sure I didn t cross paths with Mr Bad Luck Erlendur shiver I get the feeling he d leach the body heat out of passers by, he s so frozen inside.Would I recommend it Yeah, but not to the tender of spirit Just no, no, no for the delicate mckait, the Terris, Linda Caro and Mark ll love it It s a nicely built book, though in common with the first one it s got some very untidy dingle dangles that make me itch, hence the three stars I feel like a mystery isn t fully ready for market until the clues are woven up, and if you re gonna tell methan one story, the second one better be important to the first in SOME way grrr

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    This may be Indridason s best yetit is simply outstanding I thought the last one Silence of the Grave was excellent, but I liked this one evenIt is one of the darkest mysteries I ve ever encountered and the time flew by as I was reading I couldn t put it down Most highly recommended for serious mystery readers and those who enjoy Scandinavian mysteries and haven t yet discovered this author You may wish to read them in order, however Voices begins with the discovery of a dead This may be Indridason s best yetit is simply outstanding I thought the last one Silence of the Grave was excellent, but I liked this one evenIt is one of the darkest mysteries I ve ever encountered and the time flew by as I was reading I couldn t put it down Most highly recommended for serious mystery readers and those who enjoy Scandinavian mysteries and haven t yet discovered this author You may wish to read them in order, however Voices begins with the discovery of a dead ex doorman in his basement room at the hotel where he used to work It s Christmas time in Reykjavik, and the doorman has been found wearing a Santa suit he was supposed to play St Nick at a hotel Christmas party , the pants down around his ankles and stabbed through the heart There is very little for the police to go by except for a condom As he begins his investigation, Erlendur, along with his team Sigurdur Oli and detective Elinborg, realizes that there is no one who really knew the dead man at the hotel, even though he had worked there for years Obviously this makes his jobdifficult He begins delving into the life of the doorman and his investigations lead him into the doorman s rather strange past but does it have anything to do with his death That s what Erlendur must discover There s also some strange happenings at the hotel, a case of severe child abuse, and Erlendur has his own daughter Eva Lind to contend with as well And it s Christmas a depressing time for many people It s a police procedural but it s also a psychological look at what makes families tick why family relationships are often the way they are It s humorous in spots, but overall, this is a bit morose and dark The mystery is solid and readers will not be disappointed Highly recommended

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    I am a big fan of Indridason He s very noir and one gets the feeling that the sun never shines in Iceland Maybe it doesn t I ve never been there but that s also why I read Indridason s books I love reading books that are set in places I ahve never been to or time periods I haven t libed in.Something that intrgues me about Indridason s books is that people I know who have been to Iceland tell me that the people are very nice and friendly but in Indridason s books, people are really pretty rud I am a big fan of Indridason He s very noir and one gets the feeling that the sun never shines in Iceland Maybe it doesn t I ve never been there but that s also why I read Indridason s books I love reading books that are set in places I ahve never been to or time periods I haven t libed in.Something that intrgues me about Indridason s books is that people I know who have been to Iceland tell me that the people are very nice and friendly but in Indridason s books, people are really pretty rude and unpleasant I don t know if that s because of his noir style or if Icelandic people really don t like cops.This book had me guessing for most of it The plot twists and the premise were interesting but I think that Indridason could have explored some of his themesdeeply, particularly the journey of a child star into adulthood I think that Silence of the Grave was a better book becuase he took a lot of time to explore the abusive domestic lives of the vistims in that book

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