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
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Reykjavíkurnætur. English


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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.

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!

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".

Oct 09, 2015

nothing but drunks, drugs and depressing country

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