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Reykjavik Nights

10 Reykjavik NightsYoung Erlendur series (book 1)

This book is included in The Icelanders Cometh crowdfunding campaign run by the Jolabokaflod Book Campaign to raise money for UK libraries to spend on titles translated into English by Icelandic authors to mark World Book Night and UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day.


The Living: Erlendur has recently joined the police force as a young officer and immediately sinks into the darkness of Reykjavik’s underworld. Working nights, he discovers the city is full of car crashes, robberies, drinkers and fighters. And sometimes an unexplained death.

The Lost: A homeless man Erlendur knows is found drowned. But few people care. Or when a young woman on her way home from a club vanishes. Both cases go cold.

The Searcher: Two lost people from two different worlds. Erlendur is not an investigator, but his instincts tell him their fates are worth pursuing. How could they be linked?

In the Heart of the Night: Inexorably, he is drawn into the blackness of the city’s underbelly, where everyone is in the dark or on the run.


‘One of the most accomplished series of detective novels in modern crime fiction.’ Joan Smith,  Sunday Times

‘The king of Icelandic crime fiction’ Financial Times

‘An international literary phenomenon – and it’s easy to see why. His novels are gripping, authentic, haunting and lyrical.’ Harlan Coben

‘A real pleasure’ Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard