Voices – Arnaldur Indriðason

Early Erlendur.

It’s the run up to Christmas and Erlendur is investigating the murder of the doorman-cum-caretaker at a Reykjavík hotel. His daughter Eva Lind is clean and recovering from the loss of her baby. We witness his first encounter with Valgerdur. And we learn more about the death of his younger brother in a snowstorm, the impact it had on his family and how much the event has shaped Erlendur’s own life.

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Strange Shores – Arnaldur Indriðason

On one of his sporadic pilgrimages back to the eastern fjords, Erlendur embarks – almost by chance – on the investigation of a woman who went missing in a storm in 1942. An investigation that spurs memories of his own time lost in a blizzard at a 10 year old, out searching for lost sheep with his father and younger brother Beggi. A double tale of life changing loss in a remote community in rural Iceland.

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Black Skies – Arnaldur Indriðason

No Erlendur, and only a few passing references to Elínborg. The focus is on Sigurdur Óli: his relationships, blackmail, wife swapping, Iceland’s crazy banking boom and a down and old contact of Erlendur’s.

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The Draining Lake – Arnaldur Indriðason

As Kleifarvatn lake’s water level slowly drops – no one really knows why – a skeleton is discovered, tied to an old radio transmitter and with a whole in its head.

In parallel with Detectives Erlendur, Elínborg and Sigurður Óli’s murder investigation (and Elínborg’s cookery book launch), we hear fellow Icelander Tómas’ experience as a Easy German Communist Party sponsored student at the University of Leipzig during the 1950s.

The two stories converge due to Erlendur’s dogged digging into the disappearance of a tractor salesman in 1968.

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Reykjavík Nights – Arnaldur Indriðason

Early Erlendur. He’s a new traffic cop, working nights, which means his path crosses with drunken revellers and drivers, the down and out and desperate.

He’s met Halldóra, mother to be of his two children, but only towards the end of Reykjavík Nights is it revealed that they’ve been dating for over two years. It sounded more like two months.

We also see his first meetings with the mysterious Marion Briem.

Early Erlendur – he’s less taciturn, but still carrying the burden of his lost brother, which in part explains his interest and persistence in investigating the death of Hannibal, a tramp he’d befriended whilst working Reykjavík nights.

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

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