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`Read Pdf õ Tainted Blood õ A man is found murdered in his Reykjavik flat There are no obvious clues apart from a cryptic note left on the body and a photograph of a young girl s grave Detective Erlendur is forced to use all the forensic resources available to find any leads at all Delving into the dead man s life he discovers that forty years ago he was accused of an appalling crime Did his past come back to haunt him Finally, Erlendur s search leads him to Iceland s Genetic Research Centre in order to find the disturbing answers to the mystery This prizewinning international bestseller is the first in a new series of crime novels set in Iceland Having very recently read Reykjav k Nights Murder in Reykjav k, which was a prequel that I really enjoyed, I was really looking forward to this book, which is the first in the series proper I should say the first to be translated into English, because it is actually book 3 in Iceland Which is too bad, because there are relationships which presumably were fleshed out in the first two novels, so you sort of come into them partway, if you know what I mean.Anyway, in the prequel, Erlendur is a yo Having very recently read Reykjav k Nights Murder in Reykjav k, which was a prequel that I really enjoyed, I was really looking forward to this book, which is the first in the series proper I should say the first to be translated into English, because it is actually book 3 in Iceland Which is too bad, because there are relationships which presumably were fleshed out in the first two novels, so you sort of come into them partway, if you know what I mean.Anyway, in the prequel, Erlendur is a young traffic cop, while in this book, he is a 50 year old detective, with a partner, Sigurdur He is also divorced, with two children, one of whom, his daughter Eva Lind, plays a fairly big part in the book, while his son isn t really mentioned at all.I have to say that this book definitely did not disappoint at all It s a very bleak book set in a fairly bleak place, that involves murder, rape and genetic diseases all blended together in a fairly fast paced, very entertaining crime novel The parts of the book which involve the relationship between Erlendur and his daughter are really well done as well, and should get eveninteresting as the series progresses.It was fascinating to me to read a book set in Iceland, as I knew almost nothing about it For example, the people in Iceland are always referred to by their first name, and don t even have real surnames They are even listed in the phone book by first name So what happens if there are a whole bunch of people with the same first name I really don t know Also, crime is apparently relatively uncommon in Iceland and the police don t seem to carry guns, as one is never mentioned in conjunction with any of the police officers in the story.All in all, this book should definitely appeal to fans of Nordic crime fiction, or really any crime fiction at all I m looking forward to the next book already This book is an interesting study of old crimes that generate new crimes through genealogy Reykjavik Police Inspector Erlendur is called to the scene of a murder of an old man, Holberg He discovers that the man was accused of rape back in 1962 and that there was a child.Erlendur follows the investigation while at the same time dealing with his drug addict daughter She tells him that she is pregnant and is trying to give up drugs He is divorced from his wife and tries to help her on his own.I This book is an interesting study of old crimes that generate new crimes through genealogy Reykjavik Police Inspector Erlendur is called to the scene of a murder of an old man, Holberg He discovers that the man was accused of rape back in 1962 and that there was a child.Erlendur follows the investigation while at the same time dealing with his drug addict daughter She tells him that she is pregnant and is trying to give up drugs He is divorced from his wife and tries to help her on his own.I enjoyed reading this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars The translation was very good.Update, May 15, 2018 My wife and I visited Iceland last summer for 11 days It is a beautiful, scenic country Reykjavik is a lovely city with some interesting sites, including Regan Gorbachev meeting place If you can, go to Iceland I am HIMThis cryptic message is left with the body of an elderly man when he is found dead in his apartment in Reykjavik So begins Arnaldur Indridason s brilliant contribution to the Nordic Noir sub genre of crime literature First published in 2000 in Iceland under the title M rin, I read and thoroughly enjoyed the English translation by Bernard Scudder published in 2005 by Minotaur Books.A compelling police procedural that shows a law enforcement task force in Reykjavik investigating a murder I am HIMThis cryptic message is left with the body of an elderly man when he is found dead in his apartment in Reykjavik So begins Arnaldur Indridason s brilliant contribution to the Nordic Noir sub genre of crime literature First published in 2000 in Iceland under the title M rin, I read and thoroughly enjoyed the English translation by Bernard Scudder published in 2005 by Minotaur Books.A compelling police procedural that shows a law enforcement task force in Reykjavik investigating a murder, Indridason goes further and provides intriguing background for a crime that has a long history of wrongs leading up to the fateful moment.Some crimes, when brought into the light, reveal other wrongdoings hidden in the shadows Some secrets, when uncovered, revealhidden pains that can reach far back into families Indridason s greatest achievement in this book, is his ability to draw diverse elements of a criminal investigation, especially the human costs, into a cognizant whole.Jar City is the name given to a forensic collection of body parts and specimens and this novel also explores the importance and historic relevance of genetic testing and how these procedures have evolved and how the Icelandic culture is particularly well suited for such science.One of the better contributions to the genre, very entertaining I ve taken an interest to Iceland ever since I read Halld r Laxness Seeing there are a few Icelandic authors in translation or maybe they are indeed just a few I wanted to explore this country through the detective novels of Arnaldur Indri ason, as well Luckily, he gives some interesting insights into the social aspect of Icelandic people Well,like the criminality aspect, through phrases such as Icelandic murders aren t complicated Icelandic judges were notoriously lenient Icelandic I ve taken an interest to Iceland ever since I read Halld r Laxness Seeing there are a few Icelandic authors in translation or maybe they are indeed just a few I wanted to explore this country through the detective novels of Arnaldur Indri ason, as well Luckily, he gives some interesting insights into the social aspect of Icelandic people Well,like the criminality aspect, through phrases such as Icelandic murders aren t complicated Icelandic judges were notoriously lenient Icelandic murderers generally don t leave anything behind but a mess.My Gr friend Linda has been to Iceland and she told me that this is considered one of the safest countries in the world This baffled me, so I ve readabout it and came upon an interesting BBC article an US law student went to Iceland to study the reason behind the low criminality rate In a country where almost one person out of three owns a gun, the few crimes that occur don t usually involve firearms Hmm, strange Give one angry American a gun and he ll know what to do with it Even Police members are unarmed, the only officers permitted to carry firearms are on a special force called the Viking Squad, and they are seldom called out.I m really fascinated nowIn Iceland violent crime was virtually non existent People seemed relaxed about their safety and that of their children to the point where parents left their babies outside and unattended This reminded me of the Beaumont children cold case in Australia, which greatly influenced Australian society in that a lot of people who left their children unattended, believing their country was safe, improved their supervision I hope this never happens in Iceland, which should remain like it is, a happy and miraculous exception But what are the reasons behind this amazing fact It seems that Iceland s social welfare and education systems promote an egalitarian culture and there is virtually no difference among upper, middle and lower classes It looks like Icelandic people managed to put in practice the teachings of Prophet Mani A study of the Icelandic class system done by a University of Missouri master s student found only 1.1% of participants identified themselves as upper class, while 1.5% saw themselves as lower class The remaining 97% identified themselves as upper middle class, lower middle class, or working class On another web site, the question How Safe is Reykjavik, Iceland is answered with Crime in Reykjavik is basically non existent, even petty thieves are only rarely seen The only area in Reykjavik that a single female may not want to visit late at night is Austurv llur Park and that s only because it s a popular place for winos, who like to keep to themselves anyway Ha ha, not even wankers or exhibitionists I guess it s too cold for that I m sorry this is not actually a review, but I ve found all this information fascinating and I wanted to share it with you Inspector Erlendur deals with a crime that defies the Icelandic tradition, in that it s not simple and careless, but puzzling and brain racking The criminal leaves a note behind we don t find out what it says until the middle of the book Were it not for the presence of another layer to the story about the detective s personal life this novel would get 4 stars from me It was much better than Silence of the Grave, because it dealtwith the actual investigation which was also muchinteresting and less with domestic drama The atmosphere is bleak, it rains without ever seeming to stop, and Erlendur has family issues, mainly with his daughter, who is a drug addict Reading the novel, I ve got under the impression that there is a serious issue with drugs in Iceland, but further info showed that it is not the case I guess Indri ason wanted to place his inspector in the worst living conditions, which seems to me a bit too forced In Silence of the Grave we find out abouttragedies in his life, which makes me wonder if every book in the series brings additional misfortune to Erlendur, poor man Two other interesting facts in the novel 1 Icelanders eat boiled sheep s head, which I find to be gross I won t post a picture, no, no It is a traditional dish called Svi , which originated in harsh times when people started to use every part of a slaughtered animal Here s a funny account of eating such dish Never did I expect to taste such a barbaric dish as a sheep s head But a decade later there it was on my plate, looking up at me with a sorrowful glaze in its eyes I pulled the jaw apart and stabbed a clump of meat with my fork When in Iceland And it wasn t bad Really The cheek, where most of the meat is found, was tender and rather tasty Dipped in a little rhubarb jelly, it was even better Just beware of the eyes Those baby blues are considered a delicacy Well, really, it s the entire eye socket that some Icelanders find so appetizing, with or without the actual eyeball included So plop that hunk of meat into your mouth and try to think about something else Anything else Lara Weber, Chicago Tribune 2 Indri ason talks in his novel about a Genetic Research Centre, which actually has a base in reality In such a centre would be gathered medical data about all the Icelanders, linked with a genealogy database in which the family of every single Icelander would be traced back to the Middle Ages They called it establishing the Icelandic genetic pool The main aim was to discover how hereditary illnesses were transmitted, study them genetically and find ways to cure them, and other diseases if possible It was said that the homogenous nation and lack of miscegenation made Iceland a living laboratory for genetic research Arnaldur Indri ason