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The Christmas rush is at its peak in a grand Reykjavík hotel when Inspector Erlendur is called in to investigate a murder. The hotel Santa has been stabbed to death, and Erlendur and his fellow detectives find no shortage of suspects between the hotel staff and the international travelers staying for the holidays. As Christmas Day approaches, Erlendur must deal with his di ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Harvill Secker (first published 2002)
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❁ بــدريــه ❁

هل هي جريمة عاطفية أو سرقة و ما سر الحارس
غودلاوغور الذي وجد قبل عشية الميلاد بأربعة أيام
و يرتدي زي سانتا كلوز مقتول في قبو الفندق
و حين يقرر المتحري ارليندور البقاء في الفندق
لعده ايام لأجل التحقيق لكنه في الحقيقه يريد
الهرب من وحدة عيد الميلاد وأثناء ذلك يكتشف أن
الفندق يخفي وراءه الكثير من الغموض ..

للمزيد من التشويق و الشغف لحل خيوط
الجريمة أقرأ الرواية الذي ركز فيها الكاتب على
الأخطاء البشرية والنتائج المترتبة عليها من ألم
ومعاناة لشخصيات ( القاتل ، المقتول ، المحقق
، العاملين في الفندق )
Ahmed Elshnawy
Aug 25, 2013 Ahmed Elshnawy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
روايه جميله جدا اسلوبها راقى واعجبنى
واعجبنى اكثر القصص الثلاث عن علاقه افراد العائله ببعضهم عرض المؤلف ثلاث قصص مؤلمه جدا عن علاقه الأبناء بالأباء ونسجها بصوره عبقريه فى روايه واحده وهذا اكثر شىء عجبنى

انصح الجميع بقرأتها فهى اكثر من مجرد روايه بوليسيه او تتحدث عن جريمه ما

الشىء الوحيد الذى قد يؤخذ عليها من وجهه نظرى انها مليئه بجو من الأحباط والأسى ...ولكن هذا ايضا اعجبنى :)
Feb 04, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Icelandic crime fiction
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
Apr 21, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, iceland
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
Richard Derus
Dec 18, 2011 Richard Derus rated it liked it
Rating: A frosty, grim, depressed 3* of five

Dear 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 page...who 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
David Fuller
Aug 10, 2012 David Fuller rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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 Reykjavík mysteries feature blunt police detective Erlendur Svei
Sep 21, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-rated
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
May 21, 2015 Abdullah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
خمسة ...

أجل خمسة من خمسة .. اكاونتي وانا حر فيه يا اخي !

صححت الرواية عندي بداية النظرة الى الرواية الإسكندنافية البارة والتي انهارت بسبب رواية قصر الجليد التي صاحبها زخم اعلاني لا تستحقه

رغم ان الكاتب من (آيسلند) للدقة إلا انه كله عند العرب صابون .. ما الذي نعرفه عن آيسلندا سوى رقصة البطريق

الرواية اعادتنا غلى عالم الرواية البوليسية الكلاسيكية .. على طريقة أجاثا كريستس .. هناك قاتل .. من هو .. نبحث .. انتهى

على عكس الروايات الحديثة التي اصبحت معقدة إلى درجة السخافة ..

سأبحث اليوم عن بقية مؤلفات
Νίκος Μ
Nov 27, 2015 Νίκος Μ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Το καλύτερο απ'αυτά που έχει μεταφράσει το Μεταίχμιο.Είναι κρίμα που δεν τα έβγαλαν με τη σειρά
This is my first Inspector Erlendur read, part of my holiday reading for 2015. Not exactly sweetness and light type of Christmas book, but I liked it and will seek out others from this series. Voices is #5 and takes place during the week building up to Christmas. The spirit of Christmas sparkles for tourists and others staying in a classic downtown Reykjavík hotel. Meanwhile, the doorman who also plays Santa each year was murdered in the bowels of the hotel right before he was to go on. In addit ...more
Nov 22, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of noir mysteries and exotic locations
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
Robert Intriago
Oct 07, 2014 Robert Intriago rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-i
This is the third of the Reykjavik series that I have read. The thing I like about Indridason is his willingness to deal with social issues such as child abuse, homosexuality, prostitution, spousal abuse, etc, without assigning fault. It lets the reader make up his own mind as to moral values. In this book there is a main plot that involves the murder of a doorman/Santa Claus at a hotel during the christmas season. The victim at one time was child star that had lost his talent and fallen into ha ...more
Sep 01, 2013 AC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I suppose I should finish this ... or at least skim the end to see who done it.... it is a bit 'meh', though... not nearly as good as the first two. And even those had at least a slight scent of 'stretching for effect'.

One senses that the author is aware of not wanting to offend or make mistakes.

Obviously, the bitter fruits (from the reader's perspective) of financial and 'literary' success... from the author's perspective.

Having found the 'who', I've lowered my rating. The answer is....

Yasmen El-Shaa'rawy
أول قصة بوليسية أقراها ويكون التركيز على مشاعر أبطالها ودوافعهم النفسية أكتر من مجرد تتبع لأدلة في مسرح الجريمة و تحليلها.

على أد ما كان فضولي بيزيد لمعرفة القاتل، وطريقة الوصول ليه بسرعة، على أد ما كنت بقرأ ببطء لاستيعاب مشاعر و تجارب كل شخصية مهما كانت فرعية.

ملاحظات عامة أثارت فضولي خلال الرواية:
# الاسماء في أيسلاند غريبة شويتين.
# الرواية أثارت فضولي للقراية أكتر عن طباع الشعب الأيسلاندي. الشعب اللي أعمال الدعارة والمخدرات والأفلام الإباحية بالنسبة له أعمال مشينة يعاقب عليها القانون زي ما ظهر ف
Nancy Oakes
This may be Indridason's best is simply outstanding. I thought the last one (Silence of the Grave) was excellent, but I liked this one even more. It 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
Jessica Howard
Feb 14, 2008 Jessica Howard rated it it was amazing
Erlendur, typically morose and lonely, spends this book worrying about his daughter Eva Lind, contemplating the potential of a new relationship, avoiding the Christmas invitations of his co-workers, and trying to solve the brutal stabbing of a hotel Santa. Drugs, sex, abuse, and choirboys all play a part in the crime, and in the life of Erlendur. A solid, quick read, intriguing in its glimpse into the tiny-ness of Icelandic society, something which amazes me in all of Indridason's books. Erlendu ...more
Jun 22, 2016 L7xm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذا الجزء من السلسله صدمني فلم اتوقع ان تكون الجريمه بهذه الحبكه التي من وجهة نظري تافهه فلم اجد روح الحماس في معرفة القاتل لكني اكملت الروايه كي اكمل حكاية الشخصيات الرئيسية في السلسله ..
كذلك لا توقع بأن من يقرأ الروايه قبل ان يقرأ الجزء السابق لها سيتعاطف مع الشخصيات وربما لن يفهم بعض حديثهم ، فالجزء السابق مرتبط بهذا الجزء في نقاط معينه

احببت قضية الروايه وهي التربيه العائلية السيئة للابناء و كيف ان الاباء يسعون دائما لتحقيق الافضل لابنائهم دون إقناعهم او ترغيبهم وهذا ينعكس على الطفل بالتأكيد
During the run-up to Christmas, Erlendur and his team are called in to investigate the murder of a doorman, who was found in his Santa costume, at a large Rejkjavik hotel. This was another exceptional crime novel by Arnaldur Indriðason. Very dark and introspective, the plot focuses on family relationships and secrets. The characters were all memorable, the Icelandic setting fascinating, and there was even a tiny bit of the absurd to lighten the tone occasionally.
Bonnie Brody
Aug 23, 2016 Bonnie Brody rated it it was amazing
Looking for existential angst? Well, look no further. The protagonist of Arnaldur Indridason's Icelandic mystery series, Inspector Erlendur, is existentially bogged down with baggage galore. He lives alone in a self-described 'hole' that is littered with take-out boxes, books, and a room filled with nostalgic items from his dead parents' farm house. He looks everywhere for the vestiges of his dead brother whose death he feels responsible for when he was ten years old. He sees the depths of ruin ...more
Ann Sloan
Dec 21, 2014 Ann Sloan rated it really liked it
How timely! It is Christmas and here is a book set at Christmas. It is dark and dreary here, just the way Erlendur likes it. I myself don’t know how people north of the Red River stand long, cold, lonely winters. Erlendur is born to it; he may even take a step further. But even he cannot bear to spend the days up to Christmas in his own apartment, even if the hotel room is cold. He has this opportunity because someone has murdered the doorman/Santa Claus in a particularly unseasonal manner.

As I
Maria Altiki
Καλούτσικο, στο πνεύμα των Χριστουγέννων. Αποκαλύπτει πράγματα για την παιδική ηλικία του Ετλεντούρ και τον χαμένο αδελφό του και νομίζω αυτό είναι το πιο ενδιαφέρον κομμάτι του βιβλίου.
Jul 07, 2013 Beril rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-yabancı
Güzel yazılmış bir polisiye kitaptı. Olayı çok iyi bağlamış yazar. Serinin geri kalanlarını d merakla bekliyorum. Sonuna kadar katilinin kim olduğunu tahmin edemedim o yüzden de başarılı buldum
Feb 27, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اجمل ما في تلك الروايه انها اكتر من جريمه قتل
القصص المصحوبه بالجريمه والاشخاص باخطائهم جعل للروايه بعد اخر
Yiannis Vasalakis
Το δεύτερο νουάρ του Ίντριδασον που διαβάζω μετά τη «Σιωπή του Τάφου»

Σκοτεινή καταθλιπτική ατμόσφαιρα και χαρακτήρες, σε πλήρη αντίθεση με τη χριστουγεννιάτικη περίοδο στην οποία διαδραματίζεται. Ο Αϊ-Βασίλης ενός ξενοδοχείου βρίσκεται νεκρός με τα παντελόνια κατεβασμένα και ένα προφυλακτικό φορεμένο. Αποδεικνύεται πως το θύμα ήταν ένα πρώην παιδί-θαύμα με εκπληκτική φωνή την οποία έχασε μεγαλώνοντας. Ο Ίντριδασον ξύνει σιγά-σιγά την επιφάνεια για να αποκαλύψει αρκετές «ε
DỘn Mando
Dec 16, 2014 DỘn Mando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ارنالدور اندريادسون في روايته جثة في الفندق يضرب برواية الجريمة التقليدية عرض الحائط ..
و يخوض في اعماق المجتمع الايسلندي المتشابه للغاية مع المجتمعات العربية و ايضا المجتمع الامريكي
في كثرة الجرائم و تعدد المشاكل الاجتماعية ..
اسلوب اندريادسون السلس الراقي في الحديث و المناقشة للموضوعات و المشكلات التى تواجه المجتمع الايسلندي
دائما ما يجمع اكثر من مشكلة و يضعها في رواية من رواياته ..
بدأ الرواية بجرعة مكثفة من الادرينالين بحدوث جريمة قتل في فندق و عثروا على الجثة في اليوم الاول
تتابع الاحداث ليأخذ
Toni Osborne
Feb 04, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing
The third book in the Reykjavik Murder Mysteries series

In a well known Reykjavik hotel, the doorman "Santa stand-in" is found stabbed to death and left in a compromising position. Detectives Erlendur and Sigurdur Oli discover that the late doorman was in fact a former child-prodigy choirboy well known for his recordings that are now collector's items. Could this be the reason he was murdered? As the Icelandic detectives delve into the homicide, they piece together the fragments of the deceased's
Apr 14, 2009 dannymac rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery fans and people curious about Iceland
Read this after reading Silence of the Grave, a superior mystery. This one was good but I can't really say Arnaldur was at the top of his game here. It has all the elements pertinent to a good mystery but it just wasn't as complex as the previous book. However, I do find the protagonist Erlunder to be complex in the vein of Ian Rankin's Rebus. I get the impression that Erlunder physical appearance resembles that of the American TV character Columbo but their operating processes are completely di ...more
Maria João Fernandes
Jun 09, 2013 Maria João Fernandes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Em Reiquejavique, na época de Natal, um porteiro é esfaqueado até à morte na cave do hotel onde trabalhava há mais de 20 anos. A sua casa e cena do crime não podiam contrastar mais com o ambiente festivo e a indiferença dos clientes e funcionários do hotel não podia ser maior. Afinal de contas, é Natal!

Erlendur é um investigador e tem como objetivo descobrir o assassino. Sem disposição para aderir à animação que o rodeia, instala-se no hotel e tenta desvendar a vida da vítima deste caso peculiar
Am0o0n Turki
Nov 06, 2013 Am0o0n Turki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
قبل بضعة أيام من الميلاد ، يتم العثور على غودلاوغور ، وهو حارس فندق في ريكيافيك يؤدي أحياناً دور سانتا ، مطعوناً حتّى الموت في غرفة الفندق الذي يعمل فيه ، وهو في وضع شائن ، وسرعان مايتبين أن لدى الموظفين والنزلاء شيئاً يخفونه . ولكن أكثّر الأسرار غموضاً دٌفن مع الضحية ..... ( من الكتاب )

&& أحب القصص البوليسية خاص من هَذا الكاتب الكبير القادم من أيسلندا ... المحقق إرلينور دائماً يكون وقت الأعياد كئيب ، وفي الفندق الأكثر شعبية في فندق جراند ايسلندا ريكيافيك ، يعثرون على ضحية طعن بطريقة وح
Jan 06, 2010 Delphine rated it it was amazing
Le Père Noël a été assassiné dans son cagibi, au fin fond d'un hôtel islandais, la veille de Noël. Un préservatif pend lamentablement de son pénis. Bref, pas une image pour les enfants.

Erlendur, Elinborg et toute leur équipe mènent alors l'enquête. Erlendur prend une chambre à l'hôtel, semblant peu pressé d'être chez lui le jour de Noël, tout en tentant d'aider sa fille Eva Lind se battre contre son désir de drogue.

Pendant son séjour sur place, Erlendur rencontre Henry Wapshott, un Américain ven
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Arnaldur was born in Reykjavík on 28 January 1961, the son of writer Indriði G. Þorsteinsson. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Iceland in 1996. He worked as a journalist for the newspaper Morgunblaðið from 1981 to 1982, and later as a freelance writer. From 1986 to 2001, he was a film critic for Morgunblaðið.

His first book, Synir duftsins (Sons of Dust) came out in 1997
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  • Silence of the Grave (Inspector Erlendur #4)
  • The Draining Lake (Inspector Erlendur #6)
  • Arctic Chill (Inspector Erlendur #7)
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