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Jar City (Inspector Erlendur #3)

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Jar City introduces American readers to a new crime writer from Iceland whose work has created an international sensation. Arnaldur Indridason has been compared to such luminaries in the field as Henning Mankell, Georges Simenon, Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall; everyone agrees that here is a world-class writer.
When a lonely old man is found murdered in his Reykjavík flat, the
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Minotaur Books (first published 2000)
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Araz Goran
Nov 29, 2014 Araz Goran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات

رواية تمزج بين الادب البوليسي والرعب.. يصور الكاتب جريمة تقع في إحدى المدن الآيسلندية حيث تعثر الشرطة على جثة رجل ستيني داخل شقته ويقوم المحقق أرنالدور بتحريات واسعة وبمكر وعبقرية (وشئ من الحظ) بكشف خيوط الجريمة والعثور على القاتل.. ينقلك الراوي الى مجتمع غريب وجريمة غير مألوفة .. رواية مشوقة جداً تتمنى ان تنهيها في جلسة واحدة..
May 17, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it
I am HIM

This 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 Mýrin, 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
Jul 06, 2013 Ema rated it liked it
I've taken an interest to Iceland ever since I read Halldór 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 Indriðason, as well. Luckily, he gives some interesting insights into the social aspect of Icelandic people. Well, more like the criminality aspect, through phrases such as:
Icelandic murders aren't complicated.
Icelandic judges were notoriously lenient.
Jun 24, 2014 Ahmed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
المتابع لأدب (الجريمه) من المؤكد انه سيلاحظ تطور ملموس بشدة .
من دويل لأجاثا كريستى الى الطفرة الرهيبه فى العقود الأخيرة .
والفرق شاسع فعلا تبعا للتطور الرهيب فى الوسائل المعيشيه المختلفه.
ورغم كلاسيكة (أجاثا) التى لا تقاوم وعبقريتها الفذه الا اننا لا نقدر أن ننكر ابداع أدب الجريمهالحديث الذى كاد أن يزحزح كريستى من على عرشها (دان براون كمثال).
المهم أننا فى هذا العمل أمام ادب جريمه من الطراز الرفيع.
جريمة ما فى ايسلندا تتعمق وتتشعب بطريقه مذهله.
تطور أدب الجريمه لم يكن فقط فى الأدوات الحديثه ولا التطو
Richard Derus
Dec 18, 2011 Richard Derus rated it liked it
Rating: 3 bleak * of five

It'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,
Dec 07, 2014 Aditi rated it it was amazing
Hannah Kent, a contemporary Australian writer, has commented about "Iceland" as:

In Iceland, you can see the contours of the mountains wherever you go, and the swell of the hills, and always beyond that the horizon. And there's this strange thing: you're never sort of hidden; you always feel exposed in that landscape. But it makes it very beautiful as well.

Arnaldur Indriðason, a very famous author of Iceland, has spun a mind-blowing thriller story, Jar City, which has sold over 6 million copies
Having very recently read Reykjavík Nights: Murder in Reykjavík, which was a prequel that I really enjoyed, I was really looking forward to this book, which is the first in the series proper. I should say the first to be translated into English, because it is actually book 3 in Iceland. Which is too bad, because there are relationships which presumably were fleshed out in the first two novels, so you sort of come into them partway, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, in the prequel, Erlendur is a yo
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
This was a great Scandi- Crime Noir book that I've read for my Scandi Noir "real life" book club. I had never read this author before so dived in with a clear set of expectations.

I was quickly hooked into the storyline and characters. A man is found murdered in Iceland where the book is set and from that murder unravels a spiel of other stories and revelations. It was like a magic box, more and more new surprises kept popping up to keep you guessing.

The writing is very good. I found the book tra
James Thane
Jul 04, 2012 James Thane rated it really liked it
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
Mar 06, 2016 Ebaa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"الأطفال فلاسفة ، سألتني ابنتي مرة في المستشفى لماذا لدينا عينان؟ أجبتها حتى نرى بهما، صححت لي قالت "حتى نذرف الدموع منهما"
تختلف القصص المأساوية ولكن يجمعها الألم نفسه.. لأول مرة اتعاطف مع القاتل عند قراءتي لرواية بوليسية ربما لأنه مجرم وضحية في آن واحد.
رواية جميلة لأرنالدور أندريداسون ولكن روايته "جثة في الفندق" راقت لي اكثر
Aug 06, 2007 Christy rated it really liked it
Arnaldur Indriđason's Jar City is a mystery novel set in Reykjavik that plays with issues of paternity, family, and identity. Mostly, however, it's a whodunit. As such, it's a good read. But as more than that, though it gestures toward larger questions, it left me wanting more.

The jacket reviews call it a "dark, haunting novel" with an "emotionally wrought ending that caught me off guard and touched me in a way that few mystery novels do" (The Boston Globe), one that, according to Time Out Lond
Islam Salem
Jun 15, 2015 Islam Salem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الرواية بتحكي عن العثور على جثة راجل عجوز في منزله و محطوط على جثته ورقة مكتوب فيها " أنا هو " و صورة ابيض و اسود لشاهد قبر بتاع طفلة صغيرة و بيبدأ المحقق الآيسلندي الشهير أورالندو التحقيق في القضية . دي أول تجربة ليا في الأدب البوليسي الإسكندنافي و بجد ما كنتش أعرف إن الناس دي بتكتب بوليسي حلو كده، و اللي عجبني أكتر هو قوة الخط الإنساني في الرواية و هو ده اللي خلاني أديها خمس نجوم و ده طبعاً غير الحبكة البوليسية الرائعة و الأسلوب الجميل و السهل للكاتب العبقري إرنالدور بجد رواية تحفة و أنصح بيها ...more
Nov 26, 2015 Lee rated it really liked it
This is a very enjoyable piece of Icelandic crime. We are introduced to Erlendur, a cop who has his own idiosyncrasies and his own way of working a crime scene. I found myself being drawn to his character as the book progressed, he is a man who I feel is quite complex even though he may not appear so. Erlendur has a drug addicted and pregnant daughter and it kills him to see her live her life this way, he is like any parent in this situation, tormented but lets her stay with him when she wants.
Kyriakos Sorokkou
Aug 04, 2015 Kyriakos Sorokkou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Από την ζεστή και εξωτική Αβάνα, στην παγωμένη και μουντή Ισλανδία.

Δεν είμαι και μεγάλος φαν των αστυνομικών, αλλά όταν τύχει και βρεθεί κανένα στα χέρια μου το διαβάζω.

Αυτό το πήρα όχι για μ' άρεσε ο τίτλος, ή η υπόθεση, ή ξέρω τον συγγραφέα, αλλά γιατί πέρσι (και το συνεχίζω ακόμη) ξεκίνησα να διαβάζω βιβλία απ' όλον τον κόσμο.
Από Ισλανδία ήθελα να διαβάσω τον νομπελίστα Halldór Laxness αλλά βρήκα σε τιμή προσφοράς τη Φορμόλη του Arnaldur Indriðason, το οποίο έτυχε να είναι αστυνομικό βιβλίο.
Dec 03, 2011 Connie rated it really liked it
Icelandic Inspector Erlendur is leading the team investigating the murder of Holberg, an old man. Nothing has been stolen in his flat, but the detectives found a mysterious note and a photo of a child's grave. The photo leads Erlendur to some unconvicted crimes by Holberg years ago. Was Holberg murdered by one of his victims?

The autumn weather during the investigation is chilly, gray, and rainy, an atmosphere that seems right for investigating the events that led up to the burial of the child. T
غزل أدم
اللقاء الرابع مع أرنالدور أندريداسون بعد كلا من
silence of the grave أفضل ما قرأت له حتى الأن
صقيع الموت أول عمل أقرائه له وكان على قدر عالى من الجودة
جثة فى الفندق التى لم تعجبنى كثيراً وكانت أخر ما قرأت له قبل هذا العمل
وأخيراً هذه الرواية مخزن الأعضاء البشرية وبعد كل هذه اللقاءات أكاد أجزم أن أندريداسون أمينة زرق أيسلندا
فعلى الرغم من كآبة هذا العمل إلا أنه أكد أن كل أنسان يرغب فى الأحتفاظ بكامل جثمانه بعد الموت ولا يريد أن يتبرع بأى جزء منه حتى لو كان لأغراض علمية أم من العيوب الرئيسية فى أعمال أ
Dr. Sulaiman
Jul 10, 2015 Dr. Sulaiman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
روايةمميزة جدا،يستخدم فيها الكاتب تقنية فريدة تضيف الكثير إلى الأدب البوليسي المترجم إلى العربية أو المكتوب بها،حيث إن الكاتب ينطلق من جريمة قتل إلى العديد والعديد من التفاصيل الصغيرة والمنعطفات الهامة، وهذا وصولا إلىجرائم أخرى ارتكبها أكثر من مجرم،مع تسليط الضوء على الجوانب الإنسانية والعواطف البشرية التي تبرز من خلال مسارات الرواية وأحداثها، وإن كان لابد من وصف مختصر لهذه الرواية فهي من قبيل السهل الممتنع.
Jun 22, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
Yeah, it had a very similar feel to other Nordic thrillers. But, damn. That last 20%! You pretty well knew where the plot was going, but it was the characterization that left you balled in knots til the very end. Suspense barely covers it. Heart-attack-inducing might be more appropriate.
Aug 04, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
This is an intriguing novel, atmospherically and in its inexplicable ability to sustain the reader's interest -- despite the fact that practically everyone in it is strange, idiopathic, stilted or weird of articulation, practically autistically disconnected from reality, and committed to viewing everything generically and without depth or dimension, as though through the filter of a bad fifties cop drama. Dragnet, possibly, though without the cheeriness and empathy of Joe Friday.

Erlendur, the pr
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قراءة ثانية فنية و ممتعة للكاتب الآيسلندي إرنالدور اندريداسون

هذه ليست رواية بل قِدر ساحرات ؛ فكل شيء ممكن أن يباغتك من داخل القدر فمحتوياته غامضة ومجنونة، ومهما توقعت ممزوجها تبقى كومة توقعاتك تعلو و تعلو دون جدوى، من المعقول أكثر خروج أرنب الساحر منها أكثر من خروجه من قبعة الساحر، وكم وددت لو بمقدوري نتف فرو أرنب متباهٍ كهذا بعدما خانتني توقعاتي بسببه .

الجريمة هذه البؤرة الضيقة التي يصل لها الإنسان بعد تراكمات سلبية وعنيفة هزت عالمه آملاً أن تنغلق في أعقابه بؤرته المخزية فلا تترك أثر! بخروجه م
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Set in Reykjavik, Iceland, this debut novel police procedural features Inspector Erlandur who is practically a copy of Henning Mankell s Inspector Kurt Wallander. Both are divorced, both have trouble with their ex-wives, and both have terrible relationships with their daughters (although Wallander s improves over the series). [return][return]The plot centers around the murder of an old man. The investigation slowly uncovers the fact that the origins of the murder go back decades to other crimes. ...more
Sep 30, 2010 Eric_W rated it really liked it
Bleak landscape, bleak characters, bleak story. Icelandic murders are simple ones usually insists Inspector Erlendur. This one is certainly not. An elderly man, Holberg, is found dead in his apartment with a strange note left on the body. The case then leads in a variety of directions: to a young child, the product of a rape, who had apparently died of a brain tumor; the suicide of her mother; the disappearance at sea of Holberg’s friend; additional rapes; a terminally ill cop unsympathetic cop ...more
Όπως φαίνεται είναι μια πολλα υποσχόμενη σειρά με κεντρικό χαρακτήρα τον ντετέκτιβ Erlendur-πρωτοξάδερφο του Harry Hole.Αρκετά ενδιαφέρουσα και δεμένη η ιστορία,χωρίς πολλές υπερβολές.
نورة عبدالملك
"كان يجب أن ترى وجهه، كان يبدو كأنه رأى شبحا من الماضي، وذلك الشبح هو نفسه"

(أنا هو) هذه العبارة التي حركت المحققين للبحث في هذه القضية والتنبيش خلفها ، لتنتهي بحقائق مرعبة ، ومآس مخفية ، وأحداث دامية.
ينفذ المجرم جريمته ، يزرع بذرة شر ، يسير جاعلا جرائمه خلفه ، حتى يأتي اليوم الذي يقطف فيه ثمار بذرته ، وتلتف أصابع يديه لينتهي به المطاف كما انتهى بضحاياه على يديه ! ويا للعجب! فالحياة تقوم بدور القاضي إن لم يستطع القاضي الحكم على القضية!

تحرش أب، تمرد مراهقة ، تيه ابن ، صرخات مغتصبات ، وضحكات فاجر ،
Sarah ~
Jul 11, 2012 Sarah ~ rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
الرواية الثالثة التي أقرأؤها لـ الكاتب الايسلندي .. أرنالدور أندريداسون .

وكالعادة كانت مميزة جدا ..

وإن اختلفت عن باقي رواياته ..فـ في هذه الرواية تركيز كبير على العلوم الجنائية والأمراض الوراثية وإسهاب بمعلومات أصبح الكثيرون يعرفونها الآن ..
والفضل يعود لمسلسلات الـ CSI

.. ربما لأنها أول رواية من السلسلة التي بطلها المحقق الندور ..
وأراد أن يفهم القراء الرواية بشكل جديد ..وخاصة أؤلئك الذينً لمْ يدرسوا العلوم ولا يعرفون الكثير حول الطب أو الإحيا..

Jar City
هو اسم الرواية ومعناه ..مدينة المرطبانات ..
A very serviceable mystery set in Iceland (my first in that setting) and therefore featuring laconic detectives, much darkness (literal and figurative), and a seemingly huge cast of borderline depressive characters. Some of this depression may be laid at the feet of circumstance, some a part of the specific mysteries at the core of the story. While I did ultimately like the mystery and its resolution, the telling was so much more stark than what I'm used to that it detracted from the overall exp ...more
Aliaa Mohamed
Oct 30, 2014 Aliaa Mohamed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
حسناً .. تلك هى أولى قراءاتي للكاتب " أرنالدور أندريداسون " ، ورغم أنني بطبعي لا أميل كثيراً إلى الأدب البوليسي إلا أن مراجعات الصديق العزيز " حسام عادل " على أعمال هذا المؤلف شجعتني كثيراً على البد فوراً في القراءة ..

لن أتحدث هنا عن فكرة الرواية بشكل كبير حتى لا أحرق الأحداث ولكن أود الإشارة إلى أن ما جعل هذا العمل متميزاً هو عدم تركيزه على جريمة القتل فقط أو الأحداث ذات الطابع البوليسي ، بل تعداه إلى الجانب الإنساني أيضاً في الموضوع والمشاكل التي يغلب عليها الطابع الاجتماعي كالاغتصاب والسكوت ع
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Detective Erlendur is a stout man of fifty, divorced twenty years ago from a woman who still loathes him, a smoker of long habit who eats badly and lives alone. He's estranged from his two children - his son is in rehab for drug addiction, and his daughter, Eva Lind, only comes around to ask for more money for her own drugs. At work in Reykjavík, he sees the worst of humanity, but murders are rare, and generally clumsily done. The day he starts investigating a new, puzzling murder case turns out ...more
Jan 09, 2017 Jennifer rated it liked it
This was a perfectly fine crime thriller. I suppose it was predictable. None of it shocked me. Maybe I am a jaded American living a crime ridden country, this was a local news story in some ways. Perhaps if one wasn't exposed to violent crime on a daily basis, this would be shocking, kinda horrific. I enjoyed the characters and would like to know more about them and their lives. I would read the next book, not so much for the crime thriller part but to get to know the characters better. I like I ...more
The detective Erlendur series is my favorite discovery of the past decade. There is absolutely nothing similar in the detective fiction genre, and this includes other Nordic crime fiction such as the Millenium trilogy. It is just so Icelandic. The main character is complex, flawed and a mass of contradictions. The author skilfully combines threads of different plots into a very effective narrative.
Among the themes which are explored are guilt, loss of a child and coming to terms with the past (
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Arnaldur Indridason (b.1961) 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.
Indridason’s novels have sold over twelve million copies worldwide, in 40 languages, and have won numerous well-resp
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  • Dauðarósir (Inspector Erlendur #2)
  • Silence of the Grave (Inspector Erlendur #4)
  • Voices (Inspector Erlendur #5)
  • The Draining Lake (Inspector Erlendur #6)
  • Arctic Chill (Inspector Erlendur #7)
  • Hypothermia (Inspector Erlendur #8)
  • Outrage (Inspector Erlendur #9)
  • Black Skies (Inspector Erlendur, #10)
  • Furðustrandir (Inspector Erlendur #11)

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“أتظن أن ذلك لن يؤثر عليك؟ أتعتقد أنك قوي بما يكفي لتتحمل أشياء من ذلك النوع؟ أتظن أن باستطاعتك اكتساب مناعة ضد ذلك بمرور السنين ويمكنك مشاهدة كل القذارة من بعيد كأنها ليست من شأنك، وتحاول الحفاظ على رباطة جأشك؟ لكن ليست هناك أي مسافة، وليست هناك أي مناعة، لا أحد قوي بما يكفي، يلازمك الاشمئزاز كأنه شبح شرير في ذهنك، لا يتركك بسلام حتى تعتقد أن القذارة هي الحياة نفسها وتنسى كيف يعيش الناس العاديون. هذه قضيتك؛ مثل ذلك الأمر، مثل شبح شرير تم إطلاقه ليعيث فسادًا في ذهنك ولا يتركك إلا مُقعدًا” 18 likes
“Erlendur didn’t believe in premonitions, visions or dreams, nor reincarnation or karma, he didn’t believe in God although he’d often
read the Bible, nor in eternal life or that his conduct in this world would affect whether he went to heaven or hell. He felt that life itself offered a
mixture of the two.”
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