Un senzatetto viene trovato annegato alla periferia di Reykjavík. Un caso di poca importanza, che la polizia archivia come morte accidentale. Nelle stesse ore, una donna sparisce nel nulla dopo aver trascorso la serata in un locale del centro. Un anno dopo, Erlendur, poliziotto alle prime armi assegnato al turno di notte della stradale, passa lunghe ore a pattugliare le vie di una città deserta, ore spezzate di tanto in tanto da una rissa, un furto, un incidente d’auto, e non smette di pensare a quelle due persone scomparse. Convinto che i due casi siano stati frettolosamente liquidati dai colleghi, Erlendur non resiste alla tentazione di fare il detective. L’inesperta matricola inizia così la sua prima indagine. Due casi che riguardano due mondi lontanissimi tra loro: il triste sottobosco umano della capitale, denso di miseria e sopraffazione, e la borghesia islandese, con le sue ipocrisie e i suoi lati oscuri.
- ISBN: 8850240929
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 300
I purchased several books by Arnaldur Indriðason at our library book sale this winter, but rather than read them out of order, I decided to start with the prequel, Reykjavík Nights: Murder in Reykjavík . This full-length novel, which is translated from Icelandic by Victoria Cribb, features traffic pa Leggi tutto
The proliferation of Scandinavian/Nordic crime fiction is fascinating to me. At first, I thought it was just a fad that would die out eventually, but no, it's still a big deal more than a decade later. And it should be too, because all the ones I have read have been great! This book is by an author f Leggi tutto
I'm still playing catch up here -- I actually finished this book about a week ago. As usual, you can certainly feel free to choose between the longer, more detailed review at my online reading journal or the shorter version here. To my intense delight, Erlendur is back -- albeit as a young patrolma
In Reykjavik nights, we are re-introduced to Inspector Erlendur, here a new, young policeman, on traffic detail, busting up small time crime--burglaries, drunken house parties, fisticuffs, the sort of crime that happens on his frequent night shifts. He also is coming to know the city better and the
This is a prequel to the Erlunder series, which has remained one of my favorite Nordic series. Was wonderful seeing the young Erlunder in the role of a traffic cop but how he still managed to put together things that had escaped others. The bones of the later Erlunder already in place. Not able to l Leggi tutto
I ended up enjoying this story. Erlendur is a young cop going about his own business. In the course of his duties, he befriends a homeless man and, when he dies in a drowning, begins to investigate. This book starts slow but as the story moves along, I realized that the reader is slowly getting to k Leggi tutto
I'm thoroughly enjoying the many Icelandic and Scandinavian noir writers I've been reading, but oh my! trying to pronounce people and place names in my head as I read is a puzzle. That said, this little peccadillo is nothing to keep away readers. Reykjavik Nights introduces Inspector Erlendur during Leggi tutto
I found this a bit disappointing. I've read several other Erlendur novels and have always found them extremely atmospheric. I found this one rather matter of fact. It was interesting to read this prequel, and find out how Erlendur started as a detective. However, if this had been the first of the bo Leggi tutto
Chronologically, the last we knew of Erlendur, the police detective of Arnaldur's series, he was (perhaps forever) searching for the remains of his younger brother. ( As young boys they got lost in a wilderness snowstorm and inadvertently separated, Erlendur has never given up the search for his los Leggi tutto
After a while a bus arrived and Thuri stood up, saying a curt goodbye as if she wanted nothing more to do with Erlendur. The sky was leaden and it was raining again. He watched her climb aboard and select a window seat, ready to carry on circling the city with no destination, never leaving the vehic Leggi tutto
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