Winner of the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel 2002
Translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder
"Jar City is a haunting and elegant novel, and Arnaldur Indridason is a writer of astonishing gravitas and talent."
- John Lescroart, author of Nothing But the Truth
"Like a long Icelandic night, Jar City envelopes the reader in a fascinating and mesmerizing locale—and doesn't let go. No wonder Arnaldur Indridason won so many awards. He's a great storyteller, and American readers will overwhelmingly agree."
- C. J. Box, Anthony Award-winning author of Out of Range
"Classic mystery fiction, both compassionate and thrilling. Indridason is about to become one of the brightest stars in the genre's dark skies."
- John Connolly, author of Dark Hollow
"Jar City, like a good Ingmar Bergman film, brings us irresistibly into a strangely beautiful world of deep sorrows and dangerous secrets hidden in the past. Indridason's detective is, like his predecessors from Philip Marlowe to Somerset in Seven, a deeply appealing hero, intense, intelligent, moral, lonely, and very very good at his job."
- Michael Malone, author of Uncivil Seasons
"Fascinating . . . an original and puzzling mystery."
- Val McDermid, The Sunday Times (UK)
"This is strong stuff, powerfully and arrestingly written. The plot is clever, the writing has a directness and deceptive simplicity reminiscent of Simenon, and Detective Inspector Erlendur is an intriguing character whose personal problems complement rather than distract from his investigation. Here is a new voice that demands to be listened to!"
- Reginald Hill, author of Dialogues of the Dead
"Prepare yourself for transportation. To a different planet, though right here on earth. I've had the privilege of visiting Iceland, and Arnauldur Indridason captures the haunting, wondrous rhythm of that unique place in a way that will astonish you even as his plotting intrigues you."
- Jeremiah Healy, author of Turnabout and The Only Good Lawyer
"An absorbing police procedural dense with psychological pressure, haunted by past secrets. The plot is a twister, the setting unique, and Erlendur's personal life is even bleaker than the Icelandic fall. Erlendur is a cop to watch. And I will."
- Marshall Browne, author of The Eye of the Abyss
"An excellent thriller that is absolutely cool and deadly."
- Robert Gray, Northshire Bookstore (Manchester Center, VT)
"Now Iceland has its own Mankell."
- Holger Kreitling, Die Welt (Germany)