Sunday, November 21, 2010


Not being familiar with Icelandic names, I didn't realize Erlendur is the first name of the detective in the series by Arnaldur Indriđason. His full name is Erlendur Sveinsson, but apparently everyone refers to one another by first name in the books. The opening line of Voices, for instance, is "Elìnborg was waiting for them at the hotel." Her full name is never mentioned and Elìnborg is her first name. I don't think Erlendur's full name is ever mentioned either. Maybe it is in the first of the series, Jar City, which I may sit down and read today as snow has knocked out our satellite.

The former reporter in me just wanted to clear that up.

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