“Continues to be a great series. I love how all the points of view converge as he solves the mystery at the end. This one could have had a slightly better wrap-up. I was left confused on what actually happened to one of the characters.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“way too political for me.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Continues to be a great series. I love how all the points of view converge as he solves the mystery at the end. This one could have had a slightly better wrap-up. I was left confused on what actually happened to one of the characters.”Dawn and KiKi wrote this review Thursday, March 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great read”sev wrote this review Thursday, February 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“way too political for me.”Laura D wrote this review Saturday, February 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An earthquake near an Icelandic lake causes part of the lake to drain and a skeleton is discovered attached to some Soviet listening devices, presumably dating from the Cold War.. Detective Erlendur Sveinsson (The Jar City) has his own problems with a daughter constantly getting into trouble, a son who resents his aloofness, and his own periodic and obsessive search for a brother gone missing many years before in a snowstorm. He and his colleagues try to track down the identity of the dead man, but no one wants to revisit the Cold War times, especially one in which idealistic socialist Icelandic students succumbed to the blandishments of Soviet agents seeking to spy on a country that many called “an American aircraft carrier.”
The skeleton was found with an antiquated spy machine tied around it as a weight. Unlike most Icelandic murders, which were easier to solve, this one, appeared to have been carefully planned, skilfully executed, and had remained covered up for so many years. Icelandic murders were not generally committed in this way. They were more coincidental, clumsy and squalid, and the perpetrators almost without exception left a trail of clues.
Erlendur continues his attempts at reconciliation with his daughter Eva who has been in and out of drug rehab and hospitals. (She a recurring character in all three of the Erlendur novels I have read adding to his -- and the reader’s -- despair.) The images conjured up in my mind were all in black and white. No color anywhere.
Iceland, as portrayed in these novels, remains inhospitable to the reader, and discourses on the Icelandic diet don’t make me want to rush to O’Hare and grab the first IcelandicAir to Reykjavik.
'What monstrosity is that?' she asked, pointing to a boiled sheep's head on the table, still uneaten. 'A sheep's head, sawn in half and charred,' he said, and saw her wince. 'What sort of people do that?' she asked. 'Icelanders,' he said. 'Actually it's very good,' he added rather hesitantly. 'The tongue and the cheeks . . .' He stopped when he realised that it did not sound particularly appetising. 'So, you eat the eyes and lips too?' she asked, not trying to conceal her disgust. 'The lips? Yes, those too. And the eyes.'
The gloom of these novels was summed up nicely by the discovery of an older woman, seated in front of her television, a plate of salted meat and boiled turnips was on the table beside her. A knife and fork lay on the floor by the chair. A large lump of meat was lodged in her throat. She had not managed to get out of the deep armchair. Her face was dark blue. It turned out that she had no relatives who called on her. No one ever visited her. No one missed her.”
“Read this out of sequence. May be preferable to read this Scandanavian detective series in order of publication since Eva Lind's troubles carry through each book as a subplot (fairly minor in this book but there is allusion to events concerning her from the previous unread book). That Erlendur specializes in missing persons cases gives this dectective series a twist. They also tend to be cold cases set in a cold country (Iceland). The cold war aspect of this case was interesting. It also interesting how the author goes back and forth between the past and present and brings them together with the resolution of the crime.”Lucy K wrote this review Thursday, May 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book starts out very, very slow. I almost quit reading it. I kept with it and it REALLY picks up at about page 149......”minnie wrote this review Monday, January 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A good mystery and gives a feeling of what it is like to live in Iceland a bit. ”Grandma Bonnie wrote this review Sunday, December 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Smart crime novel (part of which takes place in the city I live... Leipzig... which made it cool to read about streets and places I know) ”Meggers wrote this review Tuesday, August 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another really enjoyable Icelandic thriller and wonderfully written. ”Gary D wrote this review Monday, June 13, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No