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Voices by Arnaldur Indriðason
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Nov 06, 2010

really liked it
Read in November, 2010

Santa is dead---Merry Icelandic Christmas. This episode in the Reykjavik Thriller series is slightly less dark than the previous novels and does not involve a cold case but a current murder with an unusual back story. Dour detective Erlendur is called to a resort hotel to investigate the murder of the hotel’s doorman/Santa during the days before Christmas. No one seems to know much about the quiet doorman, but the detective squad soon learns that he had a sad but quite illustrious past.

As the investigation unfolds, we learn more about the morose detective Erlendur. With the events of the dead Santa’s bereft childhood churning in his mind, Erlendur draws parallels to his own and to his daughter’s childhood and gains insight that may prove to change their awkward relationship. He also, uncharacteristically, strikes up an acquaintance with a bio-technician working on the case and takes her to dinner. Thus for this man with a frozen past, these are the first signs of change in years.

In mood, characters, and pacing, I find this Icelandic mystery series refreshingly different and consistently worth reading.

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