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Flateyjargáta review Þ 100 È ❮EPUB❯ ✼ Flateyjargáta Author Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson – Gym-apparel.co.uk Ketilsey Island 1960Near this deserted island off the western coast of Iceland the dawning of spring brings with it new life for the local wildlife But for the decaying body discovered by three seal h Ketilsey Island Near Ketilsey Island Near this deserted island off the western coast of Iceland the dawning of spring brings with it new life for the local wildlife But for the decaying body discovered by three seal hunters winter is a matter of permanence After it is found to be a Danish cryptographer missing for months the ensuing investigation uncovers a mysterious link between him and a medieval manusc. A slightly expanded version of this review can be found on Crime Fiction LoverThe year is 1960 Kjartan a rather green functionary from the local magistrate’s office reluctantly steps off the boat on the tiny Icelandic island of Ketilsey to file a report about a dead body found by local seal hunters Not used to field work he hopes to endure the local food and the somewhat odd but helpful inhabitants until the authorities can claim the bodyThings get complicated when Kjartan finds a mysterious message near the body Before dying of exposure the unidentified man used stones to spell out ‘lucky’ in the sand Kjartan also discovers a cryptic note in the man’s pocket which he soon learns relates to a notorious medieval manuscript called the Flatey Book which contains a riddle known to inflict a curse on anyone who attempts to solve its mysteriesReaders become familiar with this manuscript early on as it is introduced and each of its 40 riddles is treated in chapters that alternate with those describing the investigation These asides are accompanied by text from the Flatey Book’s ancient stories of the violent exploits of the Norse Kings But Ingolfsson adds yet another layer of mystery these tales are pondered by two as yet unknown readers who seek in them the key to the famous riddleWhen the body is identified as Gaston Lund a noted Danish scholar of Icelandic antiuities known to be obsessed with the Flatey enigma the investigation suddenly expands An investigator from the Reykjavik police and a charismatic reporter launch parallel investigations and political pressures from Denmark also come into play on the tiny islandNow in it for the long haul Kjartan is aided by a colourful cast of characters including Grimur the district officerseal hunter the local priest Thormodur Krakur and the alluring doctor Johanna who acts as coroner While he waits for backup he tries to make sense of the murder the book and the local culture of the island all of which seem to be very strongly linkedAlthough The Flatey Enigma at first seems to be a traditional whodunit another brutal killing two thirds into the book steers it firmly into noir territory while keeping us guessing until the end One of the main characters is killed and mutilated according to a horrific Viking tradition called the ‘blood eagle’ – straight out of the Flatey Book’s pages Google ‘blood eagle’ and you’ll see – it’s not safe for lunchWhen the big gun investigators are finally brought in from Reykjavik to grill every inhabitant of the island possible motives begin to emerge as do the true identities of the characters involved and Kjartan himself becomes one of the prime suspects While the locals are all found to have enduring connections to the book we learn that the outsiders too have links from the past and all of these factors have a bearing on the mystery of the deaths and the destiny of the manuscript The complex narrative weaves in interesting elements of national identity and political intrigueThe charm of the Flatey Enigma lies in its patient exposition of characters clever plot construction and the surprising solution to the entire set of mysteries But special mention goes to the authentic atmosphere that imbues the narrative informed by the author’s own experiences there as a child The mystery’s slow unfolding reflects the peaceful and methodical existence of the Icelandic coastal folk whom Ingolfsson vividly renders As with certain other Icelandic examples of Nordic Noir you must at times suspend your disbelief in curses elves and Norse superstitions that are remnants from the time of the Sagas Fans of murder mysteries ancient incunabula Scandinavian history not to mention anthropological bonuses like regional cuisine and survival techniues will savour the novel’s languid style local colour and even some mystical moments

FlateyjargátaKetilsey Island Near this deserted island off the western coast of Iceland the dawning of spring brings with it new life for the local wildlife But for the decaying body discovered by three seal hunters winter is a matter of permanence After it is found to be a Danish cryptographer missing for months the ensuing investigation uncovers a mysterious link between him and a medieval manusc. A slightly expanded version of this review can be found on Crime Fiction LoverThe year is 1960 Kjartan a rather green functionary from the local magistrate’s office reluctantly steps off the boat on the tiny Icelandic island of Ketilsey to file a report about a dead body found by local seal hunters Not used to field work he hopes to endure the local food and the somewhat odd but helpful inhabitants until the authorities can claim the bodyThings get complicated when Kjartan finds a mysterious message near the body Before dying of exposure the unidentified man used stones to spell out ‘lucky’ in the sand Kjartan also discovers a cryptic note in the man’s pocket which he soon learns relates to a notorious medieval manuscript called the Flatey Book which contains a riddle known to inflict a curse on anyone who attempts to solve its mysteriesReaders become familiar with this manuscript early on as it is introduced and each of its 40 riddles is treated in chapters that alternate with those describing the investigation These asides are accompanied by text from the Flatey Book’s ancient stories of the violent exploits of the Norse Kings But Ingolfsson adds yet another layer of mystery these tales are pondered by two as yet unknown readers who seek in them the key to the famous riddleWhen the body is identified as Gaston Lund a noted Danish scholar of Icelandic antiuities known to be obsessed with the Flatey enigma the investigation suddenly expands An investigator from the Reykjavik police and a charismatic reporter launch parallel investigations and political pressures from Denmark also come into play on the tiny islandNow in it for the long haul Kjartan is aided by a colourful cast of characters including Grimur the district officerseal hunter the local priest Thormodur Krakur and the alluring doctor Johanna who acts as coroner While he waits for backup he tries to make sense of the murder the book and the local culture of the island all of which seem to be very strongly linkedAlthough The Flatey Enigma at first seems to be a traditional whodunit another brutal killing two thirds into the book steers it firmly into noir territory while keeping us guessing until the end One of the main characters is killed and mutilated according to a horrific Viking tradition called the ‘blood eagle’ – straight out of the Flatey Book’s pages Google ‘blood eagle’ and you’ll see – it’s not safe for lunchWhen the big gun investigators are finally brought in from Reykjavik to grill every inhabitant of the island possible motives begin to emerge as do the true identities of the characters involved and Kjartan himself becomes one of the prime suspects While the locals are all found to have enduring connections to the book we learn that the outsiders too have links from the past and all of these factors have a bearing on the mystery of the deaths and the destiny of the manuscript The complex narrative weaves in interesting elements of national identity and political intrigueThe charm of the Flatey Enigma lies in its patient exposition of characters clever plot construction and the surprising solution to the entire set of mysteries But special mention goes to the authentic atmosphere that imbues the narrative informed by the author’s own experiences there as a child The mystery’s slow unfolding reflects the peaceful and methodical existence of the Icelandic coastal folk whom Ingolfsson vividly renders As with certain other Icelandic examples of Nordic Noir you must at times suspend your disbelief in curses elves and Norse superstitions that are remnants from the time of the Sagas Fans of murder mysteries ancient incunabula Scandinavian history not to mention anthropological bonuses like regional cuisine and survival techniues will savour the novel’s languid style local colour and even some mystical moments

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Flateyjargáta ↠ S symbology and secret societies to find the killerViktor Arnar Ingolfsson’s Glass Key–nominated Nordic mystery captures the era with visceral authenticity and the austere uiet of a world far off the beaten track Full of surprising humor complex clues and brooding intensity The Flatey Enigma is so captivating you won’t be able to put the book down until Kjartan has cracked the co. This is an old fashioned cozy In fact since it takes place in 1960 I thought it might be a reprint from a book published that yearI like meandering stories with out of the norm characters And since it's set in Flatey part of Iceland I enjoyed learning about the culture and relations between Icelanders and other like countriesA Danish professor studying the Flatey Enigma an unsolved modern enigma about the Flatey Runes is found dead on a tiny island by seal hunters Later a reporter is found in a Flatey cemetery mutilated in the famous Viking Blood Eagle where lungs are ripped out to look like wings The man sent to collect the first body is a novice The second body makes him sick Finally he becomes one of the suspects himselfThrough all the stilted dialogue and meandering progressions the stories about the Flatey Runes kept me enthralledAnd when I got to the end and found out the Runes were real Made my dayFor those who like action and thrillers this won't be for you For people who enjoy watching events unfold and wondering how each piece fits into the whole pictureYou'll probably like it review Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson

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Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson ☆ 0 read & download Ript known as the Book of FlateyBefore long another body is found on Flatey another tiny island off the western coast This time in the ancient Viking tradition the victim’s back has been mutilated with the so called blood eagle Kjartan the district magistrate’s representative sent to investigate the crime soon finds himself descending into the dark dangerous world of ancient legend. This gently paced novel has several threads interwoven like a skein of different coloured woolThe first thread is an investigation into one death then a second But are either of these deaths murder The second thread is an evocative insight into life as it was in this remote part of Iceland in 1960 Another is excerpts from the sagas read by an as yet unidentified person Kjartan the regional magistrate's assistant is sent to the island of Flatey when a badly decomposed body is found on a remote islet Who was he and how did he get there We gradually meet the locals some helpful some eccentric and it is this insight into the daily life of these isolated people that for me was one of the highlights of this book No one seems to have just one job the teacher works as a sealer in the summer time farmers fish part time just to make ends meet This seems to be an Icelandic tradition to this day even Viktor the author of this book has a day job as publications supervisor for the Icelandic Road Administration The characters and their motivations are gradually revealed and even though the reader cannot predict the ending there are no surprises in the resolution The characters act and speak for themselves in an authentic manner Authentic too is the social and cultural setting as it is in all good Icelandic writing that I am familiar with