Erlendur works nights. He’s a young officer in Traffic, not yet a detective. And Reykjavik’s nights are full of car crashes, robberies, drinkers and fighters. Sometimes an unexplained death.
A homeless man Erlendur knows is found drowned. But few people care. Or when a young woman on her way home from a club vanishes. Both cases go cold.
Two lost people from two different worlds. Erlendur is not an investigator, but his instincts tell him their fates are worth pursuing. How could they be linked?
In the Heart of the Night.
Inexorably, he is drawn into the blackness of the city’s underbelly, where everyone is in the dark or on the run.
I like the narrator but I think the voice us too feminine foe Erlundur. I would like a translation that is less England and more authentic Iceland.
Having read and enjoyed many of the previous novels about detective Erlendur, and left him in the wilderness searching for his lost brother; I was interested to visit his younger incarnation. I have to say that I’m rather disappointed. While I’ve enjoyed spending time with Erlendur, the story really didn’t grip me. One can admire his persistence but so little actually happens. There are hunches and superstitions but even by the end we have no overwhelming evidence.
If you’ve listened to this book and been disappointed but haven’t read the earlier books: Jar City, Silence of the Grave, The Draining Lake etc. as you may find these stories more rewarding.
Brilliant as I expected it to be! Great partnership between author an narrator - have read others and will read more - hope others will get the same pleasure as I do!
I selected this book mainly because of the narrator Saul Reichlin and his thrilling reading of the Killings I and II. In addition I have booked a cruise to Iceland from Scotland in the Spring. The book is about as exciting as watching paint dry. In spite of hanging in to the bitter end there was no climax. Nothing I learned about Iceland and Reykjavik was worth the effort.
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