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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daybreak--Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson
'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...
Published on 24 May 2013 by Simon Clarke

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3.0 out of 5 stars Daybreak
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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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daybreak--Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson, 24 May 2013
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Simon Clarke (Hackney, London) - See all my reviews
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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
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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.

SO DISAPPOINTED

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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
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well paced procedural, 22 Aug. 2013
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The first part of the novel sets out in prosaic detail the murders that form the focus for the rest of the book. It then settles into a more relaxed examination of the individuals tasked with solving the mysteries. Congratulations to the translators for producing a piece of work that effortlessly conveys a whole new geography and culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not great, 21 Aug. 2014
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I enjoyed the story which had some mystery but less tension. I didn't feel as if there was a lot of complexity to the plot or depth of character. There was a real sense of landscape and place and Iceland is a new crime venue to be explored. A good but not great crime read.
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