Jar City: An Inspector Erlendur Novel (An Inspector Erlendur Series #1) (Paperback)

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An old man is discovered dead in his basement apartment by the upstairs neighbor out for a walk with his son.  The crime seems simple enough, the man was found on his living room floor, the coffee table knocked over beside him, and a heavy ashtray nearby with blood from the head wound that felled him.   A few blocks away a young man had broken into the apartment of two elderly women and attacked them, demanding money.  Perhaps the same youth had tried burglary here and things escalated out of control.  Except there is the note, written at the desk of the dead man, that peculiar note, that points to a crime that may be more involved than a simple assault gone wrong. As Inspector Erlandur delves into the case, the victims unsavory past discloses a history of violence against women.  The solution will be richly complicated and keep the reader guessing.

— Deon Stonehouse

Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List


“Do you love Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander Swedish mystery series or Ian Rankin's dark tales set in Edinburgh? Then it's time for you to meet Icelandic author Indridason and his sharp, enigmatic, and melancholy Detective Erlendur. Jar City gets my highest recommendation.”
— Laura Hansen, Bookin' It, Little Falls, MN

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From Gold Dagger Award--winning author Arnaldur Indridason comes a Reykjavík thriller introducing Inspector Erlendur

When a lonely old man is found dead in his Reykjavík flat, the only clues are a cryptic note left by the killer and a photograph of a young girl's grave. Inspector Erlendur discovers that many years ago the victim was accused, but not convicted, of an unsolved crime, a rape. Did the old man's past come back to haunt him? As Erlendur reopens this very cold case, he follows a trail of unusual forensic evidence, uncovering secrets that are much larger than the murder of one old man.

An international sensation, the Inspector Erlendur series has sold more than two million copies worldwide.

About the Author


ARNALDUR INDRIÐASON won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave and is the only author to win the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel two years in a row, for Jar City and Silence of the Grave. Strange Shores was nominated for the 2014 CWA Gold Dagger Award.

Praise For…


“Fan[s] of mystery in general and Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum can only exult.” —Library Journal

“This is a dark, haunting novel, with a protagonist who searches for a murderer and finds his own humanity. The emotionally wrought ending caught me off guard and touched me in a way that few mystery novels do.” —The Boston Globe

“[Erlendur is] a helluva detective.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Jar City stresses both the otherworldliness of this faraway country and how similar its denizens are to the rest of us. . . . An excellent debut.” —Baltimore Sun

“Indridason raises in a thoroughly gripping manner not just questions of paternity in a small nation, but wider issues of the use of genetic information, culminating in an ending that proves impressively moving.” —Time Out London

“Award-winning Iceland author Indridason makes a compelling American debut with this first in a series featuring Reykjavík police inspector Erlendur. . . . Quiet, morose, dryly witty, Erlendur makes a fine, complex companion. . . . Those who enjoy Karin Fossum, Henning Mankell, or Janwillem van de Wetering will welcome this new series.” —The Portsmouth Herald

“A powerful, psychologically acute procedural drama.” —Booklist

Jar City is classic mystery fiction, both compassionate and thrilling. Indridason is about to become one of the brightest stars in the genre's dark skies.” —John Connolly, author of Dark Hollow

“There's much to glean about the people of Iceland from this erudite and compelling story. . . . Jar City taps into the melancholy of Scandinavian perspective and manages to be quite thrilling, too.” —Rocky Mountain News

“This careful, sparsely written book operates at a deeper level than most crime fiction: it conveys the sense of painful inevitability underlying the old stories that medieval Icelanders told through the long winter nights.” —The Independent (London)

“The descriptions of Reykjavík and the surrounding area . . . are fascinating in their own right, and the plotting is riveting. . . . Detective Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is an intense and introspective protagonist.” —BookPage

“The author's American debut, winner of the 2002 Nordic Crime Novel Award, is a model puzzle presented with clarity and crisp economy.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An absorbing police procedural dense with psychological pressure. The plot is a twister, the setting unique, and Erlendur's personal life is even bleaker than the Icelandic fall. Erlendur is a cop to watch. And I will.” —Marshall Browne, author of The Eye of the Abyss

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312426385
ISBN-10: 0312426380
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: September 19th, 2006
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: An Inspector Erlendur Series