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Voices (Inspector Erlendur #5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  9,034 Ratings  ·  634 Reviews
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
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Published September 2nd 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published 2002)
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Ahmed Elshnawy
Aug 22, 2013 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 :)
عبدالله
May 21, 2015 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
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David Fuller
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jim
Apr 21, 2013 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
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Eric
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carol
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Richard Derus
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
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Νίκος Μ
Nov 27, 2015 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
Sarah
Nov 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Robert Intriago
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Suzy
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
AC
Aug 31, 2013 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....


BIG SPO
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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
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Lew Watts
Maybe I'm being a bit harsh, but not a touch on "Jar City." Then again, I'm recovering from oral surgery, so perhaps 3.5 stars.
Maria João Fernandes
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
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Nancy Oakes
This may be Indridason's best yet...it 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
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Jessica Howard
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
Sandi
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.
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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
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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.
Beril
Nov 28, 2012 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
Dimitris Passas
Ακόμα ενα αξιόλογο και σκοτεινό μυθιστόρημα του A.Indridason, όπου διαπλέκονται η βία, η πορνεία, η απληστια και η ενδοοικογενιακή βία με φόντο το χιονισμένο και παγωμένο Ρέικιαβικ την περίοδο των Χριστουγέννων. Ο επιθεωρητής Ερλέντουρ καλείται να διαλευκάνει τον φόνο του θυρωρού ενός μεγάλου ξενοδοχείο στο Ρεικιαβικ. Το θύμα, κατά τη διάρκεια της παιδικής του ηλικίας, υπήρξε ''παιδί-θαύμα'' αφού διέθετε μια από τις καλύτερες φωνές στην Ισλανδία μέχρι η μοίρα να ανατρέψει μέσα από ενα τραγικό πε ...more
Bogdan
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, nordic-shelf
A very good crime and mystery book. I loved the way the characters were built, how the writer showed their complex emotions and how they were described in a lot of details to the reader.

The mystery wasn`t such a big one in the end, a bit predictable on some levels, with the whole highlights and ideeas in our daily basis nowdays, but still a very energic and well made read.

It has a peculiar nordic flavour that has sticked very easy on me and I can say that I`ll try for sure some of the other book
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Мартин Касабов
Песен по нотите на дявола

Когато криминален роман започва с цитат от Хьолдерлин, човек трябва да бъде предпазлив и да е сигурен, че макар да пристъпва във високи и опръскани с кръв преспи, следата под снега е далеч по-дълбока.

Цялото ревю в "Площад Славейков: http://www.ploshtadslaveikov.com/pese...
Yiannis Vasalakis
Το δεύτερο νουάρ του Ίντριδασον που διαβάζω μετά τη «Σιωπή του Τάφου» http://bit.ly/1DI3sVj.

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
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Ann Sloan
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bonnie Brody
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Toni Osborne
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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DỘn Mando
Dec 11, 2014 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
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Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Who appointed you the conscience of the world?’

Just days before Christmas, Gudlauger Egilsson, Reykjavik hotel doorman, handyman and occasional Santa Claus is found stabbed to death in his room in the hotel basement. Detective Erlundur , and his team of Óli and Elínborg are called in to investigate.

It seems that Gudlauger , a long-term hotel employee, was largely invisible to his co-workers. And none of the staff seem very keen to assist the police. Erlendur takes a room at the hotel, partly to
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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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