When the body of Jacob Kieler Junior is discovered in a stately old house in Reykjavik on a cold January morning in 1973, Jóhann Pálsson, an expert in the emerging field of forensics, is called to the scene. He soon discovers something even more unsettling than the killing itself: The victim’s father, Jacob Senior, was shot to death in the same living room nearly 30 years earlier. Through diaries Jacob Senior kept throughout his lifetime - detailing his travels abroad honing his engineering skills in wartime Europe and on the Chicago & North Western Railway in the US - Pálsson and his colleagues try to link Jacob Junior’s shooting and the death of Jacob Senior, an ambitious man dedicated to bringing the railroad to Iceland at any cost.
©1998 Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson; translation copyright 2012, Björg Árnadóttir and Andrew Cauthery (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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The novel transitions back and forth between a diary written by an Icelandic man from 1910 to 1945 and the "contemporary" story, set in 1973 Iceland, following the murder investigation of an Icelandic man shot to death in the same house where his father was killed 30 years previously. At first the constant back and forth between diary entries (from 1910 to 1945) and the 1973 murder mystery was a bit jarring, but once I became acclimated, I became engrossed in the developing story and enjoyed glimpsing episodes in modern history from the prospective of an Icelandic man. Also enjoyed descriptions of the burgeoning forensic science methods in a 1970's Iceland.
Berkrot gave a well modulated performance.
This story is carrying the heavy cargo of historic disquisition on the railroad, or lack of one, in Iceland. The plot strains under its weight. On and on about what, in this writer's hands, is a dull theme indeed. What's left is pretty good, although those who don't like switching back and forth between past and present should probably give this a pass. Liked the narrator.
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