I figured it had been so long, I should read Reykjavik Nights to prepare me for the new book. I hope it was a good choice. I have just begun the new book and I'll let you know what I think of it soon.
Reykjavik Nights is about Erlander, a new policeman in Reykjavik. He gets to know (professionally) Hannibal, an alcoholic street person. When Hannibal is found dead, Erlander is curious about how the old man drowned. A respectable, middle class woman disappeared about the same time and her earring was found in Hannibal's crib.
Erlander, the book notes was rescued as a child from a blizzard. His brother was lost. This is Arnaldur's explanation for Erlander's fascination with missing people.
Erlander pursues, on his own time and initiative explanations for Hannibal's death and the disappearance of the woman. As his boss says at one point, "You've broken almost all the rules for this investigation. Would you like to be a detective?"
He finds out what happened to the two unfortunates. Justice and harmony are restored to Reykjavik. And, if it wasn't for human failings, all would be right with Iceland. But more bad things happen.
It seems I never wrote about my first experience with this book. But I can't really think of more to write.
Have you read Reykjavik Nights? Write. Tell this tiny bit of the world what you thought of it.
- The publisher's web site
- Marilyn Stasio's review in The New York Times
- Harvel Secker's review in Crime Fiction Lover
- Anna Creer's review in the Sydney Morning Herald