From the publisher: In this stunning prequel to his critically acclaimed Inspector Erlendur books and the tenth volume in the series, Erlendur is a young and inexperienced detective walking beat on the streets in Reykjavik, encountering routine traffic accidents, theft, domestic violence, contraband - - and an unexplained death. When a tramp he met regularly on the night shift is found drowned in a ditch, no one seems to car. But his fate haunts Erlendur and drags him inexorably into the strange and dark underworld of his.
Erlendur knew that in the year that had elapsed since the man, whose name was Hannibal, drowned Reykjavik CID had uncovered no evidence of suspicious circumstances. Yet he was also aware that the death of a homeless man had not been high priority.” At around the same time as the death of the tramp, a 19-year-old girl goes missing. And not long before that a young woman who had gone out for a few drinks with friends had disappeared and never been found either. “Stories of people going missing held a particular fascination for Erlendur . . . The missing left a series of unanswered questions behind them. . . No one else was asking questions about this man who had drowned like a stray dog.” And so he goes on his own investigation into these particular disappearances. “The more details Erlendur uncovered about Hannibal’s case, the more his curiosity grew.” Now 28 years old, he finds himself “wondering if his decision to join the police had been precipitated by his fascination with stories like theirs. . . This fixation of his with disappearances - - with the phenomenon itself, the fates of those who were never heard of again and the sufferings of those left behind to mourn.”
The title derives from Erlendur’s musings about Reykjavik nights, “so strangely sunny and bright, yet in another sense so dark and desperate.” And his investigation leads to unexpected lines of inquiry, at one point tying into one of the other “disappearances.” There is a large cast of characters, all very well drawn. We are given a window into the path Erlendur’s career with the police will take, as at the end of the book the results of his unsanctioned investigations so impress the top brass that he is invited by his superior to “get in touch if you’re interested in doing more of this kind of sleuthing.” And he thinks “how good it would be to shed his uniform.” Especially so since for the first time he is thinking of settling down with Halldora, his “significant other.” Wonderfully well-written, and a definite sign of what is to come from this author, the novel is highly recommended....Continua
The loner Erlendur has recently joined the police force as a young officer. The beat on the streets in Reykjavik is busy: traffic accidents, theft, domestic violence, contraband. And an unexplained death. When a tramp he met regularly on the night shift is found drowned in a ditch no one seems to care. But his fate haunts Erlendur and drags him inexorably into the strange and dark underworld of the city....Continua
Inoltre condivido che Erlendur e l'atmosfera del romanzo hanno perso molto dalla mancata traduzione di Silvia Cosimini che riesce sempre in modo magistrale a trasmettere tutta la poesia della lingua, e di conseguenza, delle atmosfere islandesi....Continua
Un tuffo nel passato di Erlendur, quando ancora era un poliziotto della stradale, quando ancora non conosceva Marion Briem, quando la storia con Halldora era solo all'inizio.