A man is found murdered in his Reykjavik flat. There are no obvious clues apart from a cryptic note left on the body and a photograph of a young girl's grave.
Delving into the dead man's life Detective Erlendur discovers that forty years ago he was accused of an appalling crime, but never convicted.
Had his past come back to haunt him? As Erlendur struggles to build a relationship with his unhappy daughter, his investigation takes him to Iceland's Genetic Research Centre, where he uncovers disturbing secrets that are even darker than the murder of an old man.
Jar City is the first book in the series starring Detective Erlendur available in English.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, maps
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/05/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099541837
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Review by bhowell
Jar City is the first in a series of crime novels set in Iceland with the main character being a reclusive troubled detective called Erlendur. It is a clever little thriller which gives a nice snapshot of Icelandic life and the city of Reykjavik. I enjoyed it thoroughly and immediately read another Erlendur book in the series.
Review by nocto
I've been challenging myself to read some new authors this year. I found the idea on a group on Goodreads to read authors with surnames starting with each letter of the alphabet. It sounded like a good idea and so far has produced a few good additions to my reading and a few rubbish ones. About what I expected. I'll only read the one book by the rubbish ones and will be back for plenty more from the good ones (at least Tracy Chevalier, Robert Edric and Helen Garner so far). I had Arnaldur Indriðason bookmarked for the "I" slot in my challenge and I'm pleased to say that his name is going on the "good, try again" list. This is a darkish police detective novel set in Reykjavík, Iceland. It's the first one published in English but not the first of the series. The reader is somewhat thrown into the personal life of the main character, Erlander, without much back story - that's fine. I find with translated works it takes me a while to forget that I'm reading a translation. I wonder if the author would really have picked that word or phrasing in English all the time. I have no knowledge of how translators work, I'm sure they are perfectly competent, I just somehow don't trust them at first. After a while though I got absorbed in the story and forgot to look for holes in the language. Which is how it should be. The plot here is deeper than it seemed at first and not as predictable as I thought it might be. The book is worthy of a wider audience beyond Iceland and I will certainly be reading the next installment.
Review by hscherry
Enjoyed it, but it took a while to get going.. I think I preferred Silence of the Grave.. But having said that still enjoyed it and would definitely read more books by this author!