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Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason
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Aug 14, 2011

bookshelves: 2011-audio-books, 2011-mysteries
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Jar City, by Arnaldur Indridason, a-minus, Narrated by George Guidall, produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from audible.com.

Gold Dagger Award winner Arnaldur Indridason's novels featuring Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson became international sensations on their way to selling millions
of copies worldwide. The debut of morose detective Sveinsson finds the inspector and his team delving into the murder of a retiree with horrifying secrets. The inspector is called to an isolated cabin where a man has died, been murdered, it appears. As he starts an investigation to determine why this man was killed, he learns that a woman many years ago accused him of raping her. The policeman disregarded her story and did not charge the man. The inspector learns that as a result of this rape, the woman had a daughter, and had decided to make the best of things when her daughter at the age of four, developed a very painful brain cancer and died. The woman never got over it and ultimately killed herself, which brought her to the notice of the inspector and helped him connect that part of the story. But then he learns that there may be at least one other woman who was raped, and, oddly, that woman’s grand-daughter died of brain cancer. This is a tragedy which must be unraveled to find out if these two cases are connected and how. It is called “Jar City” because a doctor kept the brain of the first little girl to study how this rare tumor developed. He had quite a supply of such organs, and his laboratory, for that reason was called Jar City-all the organs in jars. This is a very good book. Although I like George Guidall normally as a reader, I’m not sure I like him for these books. He mumbles everyone’s name, probably because they are Icelandic names and pretty hard to pronounce, and he may not be sure the pronunciation is right. But these books are so good I wouldn’t miss one of them anyway.

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