Monday, May 11, 2015

Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indriđason

(hb; 2014: thirteenth book in the Reykjavik Thriller series. Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb)

From the inside flap:

"As the book opens, Erlendur is a young officer assigned to traffic duties. He is not yet a detective. He works nights. Reykjavik's nights are full of car crashes, robberies, fights, drinking, and sometimes unexplained death.

"One night a homeless man Erlendur knows is found drowned. Few people care. Then a young woman on her way home from a club vanishes, and both cases go cold.

"But Erlendur's instincts tell him that the fates of these two victims are worth pursuing. He is inexorably drawn into a world where everyone is either in the dark or on the run."


Reykjavik is a crisp-prosed, engaging police procedural. There are plenty of twists, solid characters and effective mood-setting in this waste-no-words Reykjavik Thriller novel, a prequel to Jar City. This, like all the other books in this series, is worth your time. Check it out.

Followed by Into Oblivion.

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