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Daybreak by [Ingolfsson, Viktor  Arnar]
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When the shotgun-blasted body of a goose hunter is discovered, the police believe they have a list of suspects who may have wanted the victim dead, from his young wife to the caretaker of his property. But then a second body, another hunter, is found with a similar fatal wound. And then a third. As the pattern emerges—all goose hunters, all shot at the break of dawn—Reykjavik policemen Gunnar and Birkir face the terrifying possibility that a serial killer is stalking the idyllic Icelandic countryside.

Gunnar and Birkir set a trap for the one they call “the Gander,” but it quickly becomes a wild goose chase as the murderer plays some tricks of his own. With the clock running out and the discovery of another body all but guaranteed, the cops must determine if there is a thread connecting the victims or if the killings are all part of a twisted game.

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Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson is the author of several books, including Daybreak, which was the basis for the 2008 Icelandic television series Hunting Men. In 2001, his third novel, House of Evidence, was nominated for the Glass Key Award, given by the Crime Writers Association of Scandinavia; his novel The Flatey Enigma was nominated for the same prize in 2004. His numerous short stories have appeared in magazines and collections.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611091012
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (May 7 2013)
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  • Language: English
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Avery well written mystery by another very good nordic author. My first book by this author, not my last. The many stories interlinked with the main one brings additional and fascinating dimensions to it. Definitely a book to recommend.
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a224a5c) out of 5 stars Who Got The Goose April 9 2013
By prisrob - Published on
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Goose hunting in Iceland is now part of my repertoire of knowledge. Who'd have thought? Viktor Golfasson, the author of 'Daybreak', has written a fascinating, suspenseful novel. I have been a lover of mysteries my entire life and have read everything fit to print, I kid you not! This novel kept my interest from the first page, the last chapter was so filled with tension I could feel my heartbeat accelerating.

'The Violent Crime Unit' in Reykjavik houses some of the most interesting of characters. Gunnar Mariuson and Bikir Hinriksson are two of them. Gunnar is older and a long time policeman, tall and overweight, advanced to Detective. Bikir is of Asian descent, slim and short in stature. These two unlikely people are best friends and partners in the division. They like each other, Gunnar is more outgoing, drinks a lot, probably an alcoholic, and does most of the talking. Bikir is a runner and thinker. Good combination. I came to like both of these characters, but if pushed, would say Bikir is my favorite.

Someone is killing hunters, goose hunters. Out in the rural Rea, the country, someone has killed three hunters. The rifle is known, and the last murder has a witness. The trajectory to get to the murderer is one I would never in a million years have guessed. I have read every mystery/thriller/police procedural, and I have read it all. This novel was so different and fascinating to me. I loved the characters, the country, the description of the area, the questions and answers that must be provided to keep the killer from killing again. This type of writing is so superb that it separates this mystery from every other. I have read a previous novel by the author, 'House of Evidence', and found it excellent. This novel, however, surpasses that in every way. I do so want the characters Gunnar and Bigir to remain, to have a series of books about these two detectives.

The last chapter will keep you on the edge of your seat, prepare yourself, but,please do read ths book.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 04-08-13
41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a228144) out of 5 stars A joy to read May 28 2013
By Lucky Clucker - Published on
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This is my third book by Ingolfsson and by far my favorite. Like many others of the genre it deals with a cops tracking a ruthless killer. But I think that is where comparison to mainstream detective novels ends.

The police duo in this book are much different than the usual run of the mill. There is none of the buddy-buddy closeness you generally find. Birkir is a loner in the purest sense of the word. An Asian man living in Iceland, this is the only home he can remember. That doesn't mean that Iceland has accepted him. Almost every transaction he engages in is charged with if not actual racial hostility then at least exhausting curiosity about him and his heritage.

His partner is the opposite, Icelandic through and through, but not without his own problems-- like satisfying all of his urges though one particular avenue.

It was hard for me to get too worked up about the goose hunter-- first I like geese and second he was a lawyer (I am a lawyer, too, but can't deny that their unpopularity makes them great murder victims!)

Anyhow, this book sucked me in from the first page and the interesting characters kept me turning pages fast. Ingolfsson is a good writer and I think he has good translators (I think there were two?) Anyhow, there are a few clunky bits, but I sometimes wonder if different languages just express concepts or ideas that will never smoothly translate into another language.

I loved it and will definitely read his next effort.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a228378) out of 5 stars Cops in a Cold Climate June 9 2013
By NyiNya - Published on
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Part mystery, part travelogue, Daybreak is a book you can't put down. Or at least I couldn't. Mysteries can be a little cliched, the characters straight out of central casting,with cookiecutter plots. Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson gives us something different and something delightful.

First of all, it takes place in Iceland. A mystery that takes you away from the familiar and provids a glimpse into another world is always fun, and Iceland is better than New Jersey any day. And the characters? How's this for off the hook...we have a detective named Bikir Hinrikson who is Vietnamese by birth and seriously antisocial by preference. His partner, Gunnar Mariuson, is a fat and happy semi-alcoholic. He is more familiar than Bikir, but the author's skill keeps him from becoming a stereotype. Giving a character a new slant is always good, and Ingolfsson dooes it just right. Not to freaky, not to familiar. Making the lead character a Southeast Asian trying to fit in among a race of blonde giants is a very interesting and unexpected tweak. Hinrikson and Mariuson are multi-faced and the writer lets them act out of character occasionaly. Nice touch.

Not only are the characters well drawn, but we also have that subplot. Bikir is Asian on the outside, but having arrived in Iceland as an infant, he's Norski on the inside. It makes for some interesting conflicts and confrontations.

Mariuson and Hinrikson are part of Reykjavik's Violent Crime Unit. Someone is slaughtering goosehunters and the detectives are given the task of finding and stopping him. The police procedural details as practiced in Iceland are interesting. We get a little glimpse into a place that most of us know little about, and we encounter to compelling characters - cops, criminals and ordinary citizens who, while similar to our homegrown variety, are just different enough to be tantalizing.

I hope Mr. Ingolfsson gives us more Mariuson and Henrikson soon..
26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a2286b4) out of 5 stars Dark and Dismal June 3 2013
By Antigone Walsh - Published on
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This dark and dismal novel lacks suspense and relies strongly on clichés and coincidences. Someone is targeting goose hunters, killing them like prey in the woods of Iceland. The two detectives assigned the investigation are as different as night and day. Gunnar is a fat slob who still lives with his mother and Birkir is a cryptic immigrant who was brought from Vietnam as a young child. Birkir loves running and classical music and is as patient and tidy as his partner is impatient and messy. But alas this is no Felix and Oscar match-up. They seem to tolerate each other but they don't seem to be partners in the true sense of the word. There are a lot of characters with mostly difficult names and bad attitudes. The killer in the end had a sorry motivation and lacked the charismatic evil evidenced by the best villains. Ultimately, I really didn't care about any of them. This book is okay and not terribly long. Perhaps something was lost in translation, but I was underwhelmed by this tale.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a228900) out of 5 stars Talented Newcomer Welcome Addition to School of Scandinavian Mysteries April 27 2013
By Stephanie De Pue - Published on
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"Daybreak" is the fourth novel and the third Scandinavian mystery/police procedural by the Icelandic author Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson. The crime novel was the basis for the 2008 Icelandic television series HUNTING MEN. It follows on the heels of the author's House of Evidence, which won the Glass Key Award, given by the Crime Writers Association of Scandinavia. (I read and favorably reviewed this novel on its own webpage.) Then there was The Flatey Enigma, which was nominated for the same award. (Mind you, I am not at all sure that Iceland is considered part of Scandinavia, but the country's language is Old Nordic, and the Scandinavian literary critics seem to consider it so.) At any rate, this new crime novel has now been translated from the Icelandic into English by Bjorg Arnadottir and Andrew Cauthery. The work, like its author, is largely located in Reykjavik, capital of Iceland, that little-known to outsiders, sparsely populated, extreme northern country.

The shotgun-blasted body of a wealthy goose hunter has been discovered on his farm in the remote countryside: it appears he was shot at daybreak. The police believe they have a list of the usual suspects who may have wanted the victim dead, from his young wife to the hostile caretaker, the former owner of this property. Then second and third bodies are found, both also goose hunters, with similar fatal wounds, shot at the break of dawn. Reykjavik policemen Gunnar and Birkir believe that a serial killer they call "the Gander" has taken to stalking the wild Icelandic countryside.

Ingolfsson is a more than capable writer, nothing wrong with his narrative and descriptive writing or his dialog. I liked the characters he gives us at the Reykjavik police station, and those he established for his two police protagonists, Birkir, a Vietnamese immigrant as a child; and the fat and flatulent local lad Gunnar. And I was interested in the writer's descriptions of the geography, weather, flora, fauna, language and social byways of his country, about which I know virtually nothing. I particularly liked the off-handed, yet detailed way he introduced his settings, volcanic, icy, and so unfamiliar to most readers. The plot kept my attention, though it was rather linear. Yet, I did find both the plot and the characterization of the perpetrator too clever by half. Nevertheless, the author did find his way to a surprising, somewhat grisly conclusion, which surely justifies the book's inclusion in the Scandinavian mystery category. Which, from my readings in that category, from The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, to that international publishing phenomenon, Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy Series Set: (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) (The Girl Who Played with Fire) (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest) (Millennium Trilogy), do run to the grisly. DAYBREAK is a welcome addition, by a talented newcomer who might go far, to the category of Scandinavian mysteries. The Norwegian Jo Nesbo, The Redeemer (Harry Hole), must be considered the frontrunner, but this local lad's a contender for the title of king of the Scandinavian mystery, vacated by the untimely death of Stieg Larsson.