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(Inspector Erlendur #5)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  12,095 ratings  ·  869 reviews
Mancano pochi giorni a Natale e nello squallido seminterrato di un grande albergo di Reykjavik viene ritrovato il cadavere di un uomo vestito da Babbo Natale e con i pantaloni abbassati. Si tratta del portiere dell'albergo, che sotto le feste si travestiva per divertire i piccoli ospiti. Nella sua misera stanzetta vengono rinvenuti alcuni vecchi dischi in vinile e un poste ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Harvill Secker (first published 2002)
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Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite the holiday rush and the hustle and bustle in Reykjavik, police Inspector Erlendur is feeling anything but jolly in Arnaldur Indridason’s Voices , the fifth installment of the series featuring Iceland’s somber detective. Erlendur Sveinsson is called to a large, busy hotel at the peak of the Christmas season. A maid has discovered the body of the hotel doorman, who was dressed in a Santa suit in preparation for a children’s party. The victim, Gudlauger, known as “Gulli,” had been livin ...more
Rachel Hall
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In short: A poignant but rather far-fetched police procedural that offers more in the way of a credible psychological angle than a swift and particularly competent wrap-up. The upside is seeing Erlendur’s reflections on his own life and mistakes along the way, and appreciating how a person's childhood can influence their later life. Voices is an investigation that takes the reader closer to Erlendur and his troubled daughter, Eva Lind, than ever before and it is due to this clearer understanding ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It may seem like I’m skipping books in the series, but I just read the ones the Hungarian publisher deemed appropriate for our poor hearts.. this does not bother me at all.. really.. not. at. all.
David Fuller
Apr 27, 2012 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 18, 2013 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
Richard Derus
Dec 18, 2011 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
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iceland, mysteries
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
Jan 22, 2014 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
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
Nov 22, 2008 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
Apr 26, 2010 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
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
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....

Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good as usual, this one got more into the characters which was very cool :). Some parts one could already figure out ahead of Erlander...
Lew Watts
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Jessica Howard
Feb 14, 2008 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
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. ...more
A good story
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Ann Sloan
Dec 21, 2014 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
Bonnie Brody
Aug 23, 2016 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
Jennifer (JC-S)
Nov 26, 2010 rated it liked it
‘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
Apr 06, 2009 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
A short prologue in italics tells of a boy chorister at the beginning of a concert. Then the novel proper opens one 19th December, when a hotel doorman in a Santa suit is found dead with his trousers down. (An image which some decades ago would have been unusual and shocking, now merely sordid.) The only book in his room is 'A History of the Vienna Boys' Choir'. There's an obvious route for the story to take from here. Though Indriðason may not be the sort of author to follow it exactly.

Berit Lundqvist
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
On the first day of Christmas
Erlendur sent to me
Dead Santa with his pants down

On the second day of Christmas
Erlendur sent to me
An angel’s voice
and Dead Santa with his pants down

On the third day of Christmas
Erlendur sent to me
An old cop
An angel’s voice
and Dead Santa with his pants down

On the fourth day of Christmas
Erlendur sent to me
A pedofile
An old cop
An angel’s voice
and Dead Santa with his pants down

On the fifth day of Christmas
Erlendur sent to me
A long lost child
A pedofile
An old cop
An angel’s
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a few years since I picked up an Inspector Erlendur book and had forgotten what a joy it was to return to the world of this morose Rekjavik detective.
In this it is Christmas and a murder has occurred in a hotel gearing up for the festivities. Erlendur , lonely , troubled, not wanting to return home hetakes a room for a few days to investigate . If you like classic crime such as Christie the setting would be perfect for any reader as he solves the crime whilst dealing with his difficult daug
Voices by Arnaldur Indridson - OK

Another themed read for December.

It's the run up to Christmas and a hotel Santa Claus is found stabbed to death in his basement room...but it soon becomes much more than that. There's shady goings on in the hotel, lots of lies being told as people cover themselves, but are they lying because they are implicated in the murder or because they are involved in the other illegalities?

Detective Erlendur is back to investigate whilst still haunted by events in his own c
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, kirjasto, dekkari
It is amazing how a skilled writer can easily create a good story with seemingly little ingredients. There are so many nuances linked together in the making of this melancholy book that you can only read on with awe and respect. In this story Erlendur ends up living in a hotel while investigating the murder of a hotel doorman. Oncoming Christmas is creating it's own shadows in the mind of our gloomy detective. ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
If you are looking for a new detective series - go for this one. Very reliable stories and characters. It helps that I have been to Iceland. I'm able to picture the cities, countryside, mountains, glaciers and the water. ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent crime story from Iceland, a new series to read.
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Arnaldur Indriðason 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.

Arnaldur’s novels have sold over 14 million copies worldwide, in 40 languages, and have won numerous well-respected prizes an

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