At a grand Reykjavik hotel the doorman has been repeatedly stabbed in the dingy basement room he called home. It is only a few days before Christmas and he was preparing to appear as Santa Claus at a childrens party. The manager tries to keep the murder under wraps. A glum detective taking up residence in his hotel and an intrusive murder investigation are not what he needs.
As Erlendur quietly surveys the cast of grotesques who populate the hotel, the web of malice, greed and corruption which lies beneath its surface reveals itself. Everyone has something to hide. But most shocking is the childhood secret of the dead man who, many years before, was the most famous child singer in the country: it turns out to be a brush with stardom that would ultimately cost him everything. As Christmas Day approaches, Erlendur must delve deeply into the past to find the mans killer.
"Another top-notch mystery from Indridason, its lyrical melancholy matched by the depth of its characterizations. " - Kirkus.
"One of the modern masters of the police procedural. Voices is replete with wonderfully flawed characters . . . and insight that at times makes you want to weep. I cannot recommend it highly enough. - January Magazine.
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Rated of 5
This is the first book I've read by this author. It took me a little bit to sink into the rhythm as I was not familiar with the main characters and the Icelandic nomenclature. But I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author went about weaving the various threads of the story as events evolved. I particularly enjoyed the psychological aspects of the characterizations and found the overall development fascinating. I chose this book for our December Mystery Book Club Meeting and I think this book will generate a lively discussion. I definitely plan to read other books by this author.
Arnaldur Indridason worked for many years as a journalist and critic before he began writing novels. Outside Iceland, he is best known for his crime novels featuring Erlendur and Sigurdur Óli, which are consistent bestsellers across Europe. The series has won numerous awards, including the Nordic Glass Key and the CWA Gold Dagger. Over 5,000,000 copies of his books have been sold worldwide.
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