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Daybreak [Kindle Edition]

Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson , Björg Árnadóttir , Andrew Cauthery
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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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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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daybreak--Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson 24 May 2013
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'Daybreak' is the third stand-alone novel by the Icelandic author,
and reveals his considerable versatility.
Goose hunters are being shot in different parts of rural Iceland.
Detectives Gunnar and Birkir are part of a team from Reykjavik
police department who are investigating.Initial enquiries lead
nowhere until the police receive a letter purportedly from the
killer,who then proceeds to set the police questions which they
must answer within a set time,otherwise he will kill again.
This novel has all the ingredients that make for fine crime fiction.
An innovative plot that keeps one guessing,interesting fully drawn
characters,and a vivid sense of place. Very enjoyable.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Daybreak 11 Dec. 2013
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The original writing or translation really let this book down. Clunky and journalistic it seemed to get in th way of the story. The translators are described as English and Icelandic but it's definitely translated into American. Fine if I had been expecting that. A disappointing read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent police procedural 27 April 2014
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Pro: It's well-paced, the cops and other characters are interesting and the locale is well described.

Con: American translation (sorry, Americans), and goose hunting - shooting, in English - isn't really a turn-on.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daybreak 1 Oct. 2013
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Good, unusual, fast paced story. The characters of the two main police officers are interesting and individual. The Icelandic setting is well described. I have already enjoyed the house of evidence by the same author and will look for more. Would appeal to those liking character led crime with a different setting and culture to explore as well as an exciting plot. Julesdw
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but not much more 25 Jun. 2013
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Some good descriptive writing and an engaging pair of detectives, however I'm not so sure about the plot. Some of the clues are really obvious and towards the end one of the detectives is so slow at working things out you feel like shouting at him to ask an obvious question. So an enjoyable holiday-type read but not a book I'm likely to reread in a hurry.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Daybreak 11 Aug. 2013
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It was not very interesting, clumsy plot and cardboard characterand it was a struggle to finish. I could not recommend this to any of my friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DAYBREAK RUBBISH 29 April 2014
By Graham
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There was an opportunity to make what was basically a good plot into an excellent thriller AND THIS WAS LOST as the author threw in too much unnecessary and irrelevant information. It was as though he was struggling to achieve the amount of words required of him by the publisher and decided to bulk up his story with what turned out to be an annoying and needless distraction.


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday reading if you're a fan of the genre 19 Aug. 2013
By Kitty
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First foray into a piece written by an Icelandic author and set locally - in one of my favourite genres 'crime fiction'. Interesting plot with a few surprising twists and turns. Very enjoyable.
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