Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason


Genre: Police procedural
Subject: children of rape, medical diagnosis database
Setting: Reykjavik, Iceland
Main Characters: Erlendur, Kolbrún, Audur, Einar, Holberg
Series: yes, Reykjavik mystery #1
Dates Read: July 16 - July 30
Number of pages: 294
Off the Shelf (pre-2012)? Source?: no, public Library
Category for 12 in 12 challenge: Geography class

Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson of Iceland's CID is called to the sight of a dead body. The atmosphere is oppressive in the basement apartment of the victim, Holberg, and the only possible clue is a old black and white photo of a gravestone.

Deciphering the clue, Erlendur tracks down a history of the victim that finally enables him to find the murderer and the motive. The victjm didn't really get your sympathy so finding the motivation was paramount.

I had a very difficult time at the start of this book because of the unusual names. It was hard to figure out who was who and what their relationships were. However, the setting of Iceland came through well, making me feel that I really was seeing what it was like for someone to be in this country. The mystery was interesting and the characters, once I understood who was who, were very engaging.

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