Reykjavík Nights

Reykjavík Nights

Book - 2014
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The loner Erlendur has recently joined the police force as a young officer. The beat on the streets in Reykjavík is busy: traffic accidents, theft, domestic violence, contraband... And an unexplained death. When 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.
Publisher: London : Harvill Secker, 2014.
ISBN: 9781846558139
1846558131
9781846558122
1846558123
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Reykjavíkurnætur. English

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maddogrunning
Jul 07, 2018

Having not known that this is prequel I would characterize this almost as a "cozy mystery" Scandinavian Noir compared to some of the others I've read. I did love the one character's obsession with American fast food and the need for a pizza joint in town.

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FVReader
Oct 21, 2017

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 more 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!

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jnewday
Nov 02, 2016

Erlendur teases out the truth through obstinate perseverance. All the while he understates his interest, yet underneath his obsession bubbles and burns. Note: shelved at Seattle Public Library using first name, true for all Icelandic authors.

PimaLib_SamR Feb 23, 2016

Erlendur is reminiscent of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch who says "Everyone matters or no one matters".

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Daphne57
Oct 09, 2015

nothing but drunks, drugs and depressing country

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