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Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason
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Mar 09, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, bookcrossing

An old man is found murdered in his Reykjavik flat. The only clues around him are an odd note and a photograph of a young girl's grave. Inspector Erlendur discovers that many years ago this man was accused of, but never convicted, of a rape. Did the man's past start to haunt him? As Erlendur investigates the murder, he also opens a cold case, and the forensic evidence starts to build to something much bigger than just the murder of one old man.

An enjoyable (and not too brutal) thriller by an Icelandic author, set in their capital. I didn't know much of Iceland before reading this book, and Inspector Erlendur seems like someone whose investigations I could follow in the future too. When or if I run to other his cases... The people seem just familiar, and the book isn't as long as Larsson - so whom would I recommend this book to? Those who love mysteries set in other parts of the world, somewhere exotic or somewhere familiar. Those who love Larsson, Camilleri, McCall Smith, Ishiguro... "A nice thriller" sound like a horrible description, but it fits mostly to the thriller category, and I don't think I will be haunted by nightmares after reading this (like happened after some Japanese thrillers). Also weird how some parts of the story have very similar elements to a story I've been plotting...

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