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Author: Arnaldur Indriðason Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Reykjavík Murder Mysteries Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781461805052
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Jar City introduces American readers to a new crime writer from Iceland whose work has created an international sensation. Arnaldur Indriðason has been compared to such luminaries in the field as Henning Mankell, Georges Simenon, Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall; everyone agrees that here is a world-class writer.

When a lonely old man is found murdered in his Reykjavík flat, the only clues are a cryptic note left by the killer and a photograph of a young girl’s grave. Inspector Erlendur, who heads the investigation team, discovers that many years ago the victim was accused, though not convicted, of an unsolved crime. Did the old man’s past come back to haunt him?

As the team of detectives reopen this very cold case, Inspector Erlendur uncoverssecrets that are much larger than the murder of one old man—secrets that have been carefully guarded by many people for many years. As he follows a fascinating trail of unusual forensic evidence, Erlendur also confronts stubborn personal conflicts that reveal his own depth and complexity of character.

Like all great crime fiction, Jar City is about much more than murder, and avid suspense fans are about to discover a first-rate writer who has already received rave reviews around the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A haunting and elegant novel.”

    John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Classic mystery fiction, both compassionate and thrilling. Arnaldur Indriðason is about to become one of the brightest stars in the genre’s dark skies.”

    John Connolly, New York Times bestselling author

  • “No wonder Arnaldur Indriðason won so many awards. He’s a great storyteller, and American readers will overwhelmingly agree.”

    C. J. Box, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Indriðason’s detective is...a deeply appealing hero.”

    Michael Malone, New York Times bestselling author of The Killing Club

  • “This is a dark, haunting novel, with a protagonist who searches for a murderer and finds his own humanity. The emotionally wrought ending caught me off guard and touched me in a way that few mystery novels do.”

    Boston Globe

  • Jar City stresses both the otherworldliness of this faraway country and how similar its denizens are to the rest of us...An excellent debut.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “[Erlendur is] a helluva detective.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “There’s much to glean about the people of Iceland from this erudite and compelling story...Jar City taps into the melancholy of Scandinavian perspective and manages to be quite thrilling, too.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “ original and puzzling mystery.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “This careful, sparsely written book operates at a deeper level than most crime fiction: it conveys the sense of painful inevitability underlying the old stories that medieval Icelanders told through the long winter nights.”

    Independent (London)

  • “The writing has a directness and deceptive simplicity reminiscent of Simenon...Here is a new voice that demands to be listened to!”

    Reginald Hill, author of Dialogues of the Dead

  • “A powerful, psychologically acute procedural drama.”


  • “The descriptions of Reykjavík and the surrounding area...are fascinating in their own right, and the plotting is riveting...Detective Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is an intense and introspective protagonist.”


  • “[Indriðason’s] American debut, winner of the 2002 Nordic Crime Novel Award, is a model puzzle presented with clarity and crisp economy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Arnaldur Indriðason won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave and is the only author to win the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel two years in a row, for Jar City and Silence of the Grave. He was awarded the prestigious RBA International Prize for Crime Writing in 2013 for Shadow Channel. The film of Jar City, now available from Netflix, was Iceland’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and the film of Silence of the Grave is in production with the same director. The film Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg, is based on an Icelandic film written by Indriðason, who lives in Reykjavik, Iceland.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of more than eighty AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. His forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.