Jar City – Arnaldur Indriðason

My first taste of Icelandic noir, as Detective Erlendur investigates the murder of an old man in the Norðurmýri area of Reykjavík and a runaway bride from Garðabær. Cryptic notes have been left at the murder scene and at the wedding.

A very handy note on Icelandic names at the start of the book explains Erlendur is his first name, and that Icelanders always address one another by their first names. Names, it seems, will be important indicators in this series.

Publisher page: Jar City – Arnaldur Indriðason

Film review by Jason Solomons, The Guardian (14 September 2008)

For context and more background on the Reykjavík / Erlendur mysteries, read Crime Fiction Lover’s A Guide to Arnaldur Indriðason’s Detective Erlendur.