House of Evidence

House of Evidence From celebrated author Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson comes an atmospheric and gripping tale of ambition technology and the twisted history of Iceland s railway On a cold January morning in inside a

  • Title: House of Evidence
  • Author: Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson Björg Árnadóttir Andrew Cauthery
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  • Page: 348
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  • From celebrated author Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson comes an atmospheric and gripping tale of ambition, technology, and the twisted history of Iceland s railway On a cold January morning in 1973, inside a stately old house in Reykjavik, blood pools around Jacob Kieler Junior from a fatal gunshot wound to his chest Detective J hann P lsson, an expert in the emerging field of fFrom celebrated author Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson comes an atmospheric and gripping tale of ambition, technology, and the twisted history of Iceland s railway On a cold January morning in 1973, inside a stately old house in Reykjavik, blood pools around Jacob Kieler Junior from a fatal gunshot wound to his chest Detective J hann P lsson, an expert in the emerging field of forensics, is called to the scene and soon discovers something unsettling than the murder itself the deceased s father, Jacob Kieler Senior, a railroad engineer, was shot to death in the same living room nearly thirty years earlier The case was officially closed as a botched robbery P lsson soon uncovers diaries that portray Kieler Senior as an ambitious man dedicated to bringing the railroad to Iceland no matter the cost Sensing a deeper and darker mystery afoot, the detective and his colleagues piece together through the elder Kieler s diaries a family history rich with deceit

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    1. Set in Iceland in 1973, the book begins with the discovery of Jacob Kieler, Junior, who has been found shot in his museum-like home. To add to the mystery we are told that his father, Jacob Kieler, Senior, was also found shot in the same room thirty years earlier. So who is the killer and why have these two men been targeted? The story is told in alternating chapters from the perspective of the various police officers involved in the investigation, and Jacob Senior's diaries over his lifetime. J [...]

    2. Book Info: Genre: Murder Mystery/Police ProceduralReading Level: AdultRecommended for: people fascinated by trains, obsessionsTrigger Warnings: murder; anti-gay sentiments; violence toward “others”, especially GLBTQ folk, women and hippies, as well as Nazi violence in general during “past” timesMy Thoughts: I mostly took this book because it is set in Iceland, a country in which I am very interested, and it features forensic science, in which I'm interested. Overall it lived up to the ex [...]

    3. Taken from my reviewDisclaimer: I purchased this ebook for free during a sale.Ingolffson's "House of Evidence" consists of 399 absolutely packed pages - he has a true gift for giving a very full picture of a scene and using many different kinds of sensory input to place the reader within the pages of the book. It is clear that he has envisioned everything down to the very last detail, and he makes sure to convey all of these details to the reader - at times, it can actually be rather draining, [...]

    4. Victor Arnar Ingolfsson's "House of Evidence" is a very European book; it is about not being able to realize one's lifelong dream. Had someone told me a few days ago that I would be engrossed in a book where one of the main plot threads is a story about attempts to build a railroad line in Iceland, a book where an engineer's diaries from the early 1900s account for almost a third of its volume, I would not have believed. Yet I found the novel very interesting, and I had a lot of fun reading it - [...]

    5. When the police turn up at a house in Iceland they find the body of Jacob Kieler Junior on the floor having been shot. The only thing that appears to be out of place is a single chair. Detective Jóhann Pálsson soon discovers that Jacob Kieler the father of the deceased was found in remarkably similar circumstances in 1946 nearly 30 years previously. The police try desperately to work out the link between the two deaths with the help of Jacob’s (the father) diaries which span from 1910 to 194 [...]

    6. What a relief to return to a thoroughly well-written and imaginative novel after some of the formulaic twaddle I've been reading lately. Viktor Arnar's prose is smooth without being trite, elegant without being superfluous. He set the investigative strand of the novel in 1973, reflecting authentic cultural attitudes for those times. For instance, we have one police officer whose aggressive attitudes would not be tolerated now (Egill seems to have similar attitudes to his namesake from the Sagas, [...]

    7. House of Evidence starts off with a shocking murder. Reykjavik’s detective division is called in to investigate. We soon find ourselves in the midst of not one, but two murder investigations; that of Jacob Kieler and also his father’s murder, a cold case dating back more than twenty-five years ago.Ingolfsson does a fantastic job with this whodunit, he keeps the mystery well shrouded until the very end. What I really loved was the parallel investigations, each chapter ended with detective Pal [...]

    8. "House of Evidence" by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson is an enjoyable thriller with a historical component. Set in Iceland and through diary entries in some other countries it tells in two narratives the investigation of a murder in Iceland in 1973 and also the family history of the murdered man.The diary from 1913 - 1945 serves as an interesting excerpt of Icelandic and European history through the eyes of a young Icelandic man and they make the book alone worth reading. There are some great sub plots [...]

    9. I am a huge fan of Nordic Noir, but this book was slow as molasses! It took me forever to get through it due to the storyline moving so slowly. Now, in reading other reviews, comments were made as to issues with translation and I don't know if that was reasoning behind the issues, but based on this book, I don't know if I will be reading the author's other work.

    10. This was another 3 1/2 star book for me. There was an interesting family story about a now-deceased ancestor obsessed with building a railroad in Iceland. This family and a current and past murder are at the center of the story. Monarchists and Nazis figure into the story, as well as family secrets.

    11. This is the first book I've read of Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson. Was a lot of back reading. But it came out in the end with Jóhann and Hrefna hooking up.

    12. In Reykjavík in 1973, police investigate the death of Jacob Kieler Jr. who was found dead in his home. His father, a prominent engineer obsessed with building a national railroad, had been killed in the same way in the same spot almost 30 years earlier. The story focuses on the police investigation, giving the perspectives of various members of the investigative team, and Jacob Sr.’s diaries written between 1910 – 1945. The police set out to find the connection between the two deaths. The b [...]

    13. HOUSE OF EVIDENCE is in a class by itself -- a Cozy Police Procedural.Snow quietly blankets Reykjavik. A man quietly dies in his home of a gunshot wound. Police detectives quietly rise and go to work. Like that soft blanket of snow, HOUSE OF EVIDENCE quietly reveals its mystery; but also, like the island nation itself, magma smolders below the surface ready to create a new volcano in this Icelandic tale of intrigue and obsession.The investigating Detective Division team soon discovers that the v [...]

    14. "That family will stick in our minds for some time, I imagine," concluded one of the detectives in the book, and I'm inclined to agree! Both the family history and the mystery itself are interesting and memorable. The story includes characters from both the past and the present. The family history is intertwined with developments in Europe (WW1 through WW2) and is gradually revealed in the form of diary entries at the end of each chapter and through police work. Some of the history is moving, bu [...]

    15. It took me a long time to read this book and I have to say the end was a little abrupt and surprising. The book is a good story and well put together, nicely paced in a good sequence of events with interesting characters. Very sad story and at times it was a somber ambiance felt by the narrative. I enjoyed this book and recommend to those who enjoy Icelandic investigative police drama/fiction books. This is not a suspense crime thriller, just letting you know.

    16. Very good book. Told in two viewpoints - one from diaries in the very early 1900s, one from the books current time period of the 1970s.I do have some trouble keeping up when the books are originally from foreign countries; for instance this one is based in Iceland. Other than that, the cities and peoples' names can be figured out. Good author

    17. Nice read. Only if the end wouldn't have turned out to be a damp squib. But still a good one to keep you engrossed

    18. I almost gave up on it when I was about half way through. Really glad I did not, much better than it looked for a while.Would like to read more from this author.Really interesting, now in 2017 we are still talking about the possibility of bringing railroads to Iceland. One part of the story is about a person really obsessed with this idea, much sooner

    19. finished this one today, 1st from this writer, mystery of who-dunnit, good read if you're in the market for that type of mystery, set in iceland though scenes in other places, germany, england, the states, as well. thought the tone of the conversations interestingere seemed at times to be a mood about the way people conversed call it icelandic atmosphere, or something. along those lines. scandahoovian. familiar. onward & upward.

    20. Set in Reykjavik in 1973, police are called to the scene of a murder. Jacob Kieler Junior has been found shot dead by his housekeeper. There are no signs of a break-in and no motive – at least initially. The added twist is that Jacob Kieler Senior was also murdered, shot almost 30 years previously with the same gun. Although police had a suspect at the time, no one was ever charged and the suspect is long dead. His son is not however and becomes a prime suspect.I found this book an easy read b [...]

    21. This is so much more what I was looking for from this author when I picked up his more recent novel, Daybreak. This novel, set in the early 1970's, includes long excerpts from a series of fictitious diaries from the late twenties through WWII. I learned more of the rough history of Iceland, including the vote to become a republic instead of a kingdom, in the course of this one mystery novel than I managed to piece together from seventeen years in the American public school and university system. [...]

    22. "After everything else, it was simply their own obsessions that killed them," [p. 376]Depression, intrigue, murder, cold, and obsession are words I'd use to describe Viktor Ingolfsson's House of Evidence. I was drawn into the cold and snowy world of Iceland, and then led down a rabbit hole I hoped had an ending. The plot was straightforward enough…a father and son were both murdered in the same room of the same house, over 30 years apart. But the deeper the mystery unfolded, the less I cared. [...]

    23. This book started a little slowly and I had trouble remembering names and following the moves back and forth in time, BUT I soon got the hang of it and became totally engrossed in this novel. This might not be everyone's cup of tea, especially if you allow yourself to become too distracted by the discussions of railroads and rail engineering in the book. There's a lot of it, but it is very relevant to the plot and to what we finally come to understand about the people and politics involved. The [...]

    24. Love mysteries in Iceland! A father and son killed in the same way, in the same room of their house, 28 years apart. The father had kept diaries of his life up to his death in 1945. The author vacillates between excerpts from the diaries and the year of 1973 when the son was found murdered. The diaries help solve the two murders. The characters are likable and believable. The father was schooled in Denmark and Berlin as an engineer, and became fanatical about Europe's rail system believing Icela [...]

    25. "House of Evidence" is a very ouststanding and unusual novel. The plot unfolds in two separate ways: First of all there is the current case, in which an engineer is found shot in his parlour and the police investigates about this murder, all, as it is common in the scandinavian crime literature, well embedded in the distinct detectives' personal lifes. By this the reader gets to know both, the victim's family as well as those of the detectives, better. At the end of each chapter some quotes from [...]

    26. Ich bin mit dem Buch bis fast zum Schluss nicht recht warm geworden. Und das hat nicht etwa daran gelegen, dass es zum großen Teil im eisigen Island spielt. Vielleicht wäre es mir in gedruckter Form leichter gefallen, den ständigen Zeitwechsel zwischen den Tagebüchern von Johann sen. und der (Roman-)Gegenwart zu folgen. Als Hörerin hatte ich es deutlich schwerer, noch dazu, wo ich mit der Aussprache des amerikanischen Englischs nicht so gut zurechtkomme. Auch die Figuren selbst - in Vergang [...]

    27. An interesting mystery, if you've got some time to invest in it, and don't mind a somewhat meandering story. It follows the fortunes of an Icelandic family from the early 1900's, through WWII up until the 1970s. You can learn as much as you'll probably ever want to know about the Icelandic railway system, or lack of it, and some interesting things about Icelandic politics in the 1940s. The central mystery is clever, and though I suspected the answer, I couldn't figure out exactly how it was done [...]

    28. I kind of love/hate how consistent these are. I keep thinking, "do these really deserve four stars?" but actually, 'really liked it' does describe how I feel. I don't know if I'll ever reread them, but I find that's something inherent to crime/mystery novels for me, so it's not really a strike against them.For House of Evidence, I liked the historical setting, combined with the diary entries that gave a new-to-me perspective on the years 1910-1945. I also liked the large ensemble cast - despite [...]

    29. At first, I found the police procedural business quite interesting: I've never known the forensic Scene-Of-Crime boys followed in such detail! But with the interleaving of the victim's diaires, I began to smell the distinctly fishy odour of padding. The diary entries do effectively demonstrate the descent of a mind from enthusiasm, via obsession, to something like madness; but their sketchiness serves merely to tell when they should show - can't the author manage (or be bothered?) to realise his [...]

    30. A mystery and saga of 3 generations of one family you need to read.The story opens with the murder of an important man in Iceland, the 3rd generation of an important family. Police must sort through the family members and their many international connections. Surprises are around every corner as clues and facts are looked into and as the man had kept diaries for 70 years. The diaries let us see the 3 generations and how they lived, their struggles, and their dreams of success. This gives a view [...]

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