Friday, December 21, 2012

Murder and mystery in Iceland... it's "House of Evidence" by Viktor Ingolfsson

Murder strikes the same family twice in Iceland, years apart but... in the same parlor. Pick up this engrossing mystery today!

"Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson's House of Evidence was first published in 1998, and is now available to readers of English via the Amazon Crossing program. Ingolfsson's exactitude reminds me of that of the Swedish Martin Beck series of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Again, the detail will confound some readers, while others will hope for more of the same as we await Ingolgsson's upcoming release Daybreak, which was made into a TV series in Iceland. American TV would be fortunate to be privy to such a series, and I look forward to more of Ingolfsson's entertaining obsession with fiction and Iceland's history." -- S. L. Smith, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

House of Evidence, by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson

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 Jóhann Pálsson, an expert in the emerging field of forensics, is called to the scene and soon discovers something more 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.

Pálsson 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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Meet the Author

Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson was born in Akureyri in the north of Iceland on April 12, 1955. He finished his in civil engineering from The Icelandic College of Engineering and Technology (ICET), in 1983. He has taken courses in script writing run by the Icelandic Film Producers and at the Institute for Continuing Education at the University of Iceland. In 1990 and again in 1995 Ingolfsson attended classes in Public Relations at the George Washington University in Washington DC. Ingolfsson started working for the Icelandic Road Administration during his summer vacations from school 1969, and has worked there full time since 1983. Since 1985 he has supervised the institution's publications and contributed to Public Relations.

Viktor Arnar has published six mysteries, the fifth of which, "Daybreak" in 2005, was the basis for the Icelandic TV series "Hunting Men," which premiered in 2008. His short stories have appeared in magazines and collections. His third novel, "Engin Spor" ("No Trace"), was nominated for the Glass Key prize, an award given by the Crime Writers Association of Scandinavia, in 2001, and "Flateyjargáta" ("The Flatey Enigma") was nominated for the same prize in 2004.

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