The Flatey Enigma

By Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson

Close to a abandoned island off the western coast of Iceland in 1960, the dawning of spring brings new existence for the neighborhood flora and fauna. yet for the physique chanced on through 3 seal hunters, iciness is an issue of permanence. After it truly is discovered to be a lacking Danish cryptographer, the resultant research uncovers a mysterious hyperlink among the researcher and a medieval manuscript often called The e-book of Flatey.

Before lengthy one other physique is located at the tiny island. This time, within the historical Viking culture, the victim’s again has been mutilated with the so-called blood eagle. Kjartan, the district magistrate’s consultant despatched to enquire the crime, quickly reveals himself descending right into a darkish, risky global of old legends, symbolism, and mystery societies to discover a killer.

Nominated for the celebrated Glass Key award for Nordic crime fiction, The Flatey Enigma will continue you guessing till Kjartan has cracked the code.

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He was once evidently relatively a exclusive guy. ” The priest took the lid off a cake dish and passed it to Kjartan. “Here, have a pancake with sugar. ” “He used to be Danish, you have been announcing? ” Kjartan requested, taking a pancake. “Oh convinced. He was once a professor from the college of Copenhagen. He’d spent the summer season following the saga trails within the Flatey ebook, i. e. , the saga of Ólaf Haraldsson and the saga of Ólaf Tryggvason, in Norway, in fact, after which he got here out right here to Iceland on a quick journey, as I know it. First he went east to Skálholt, the place Brynjólfur served as bishop. Then he traveled north to Vídidalstunga, the place the manuscript was once prepare and written. After that he traveled west to Reykhólar, the place the manuscript used to be preserved for a while, after which over right here to Flatey. He discovered, in fact, that nobody may possibly name themselves specialists at the Flatey booklet with out first traveling where the manuscript derived its identify from. He additionally desired to attempt to remedy the previous Aenigma Flateyensis, which I in simple terms learned later. From right here he traveled on to Reykjavik to capture a flight to Copenhagen. He was once as a result of attend an important manuscript symposium in Copenhagen, after which, after all, he needed to commence lecturing on the collage immediately after that. ” “But how did he turn out in Ketilsey then? ” Kjartan requested. “It’s absolutely incomprehensible to me. He acknowledged goodbye to me while the mail boat used to be approximately to return in and trigger for the pier with lots of time to spare. ” “So how have you learnt it was once him then? ” “I must have well-known him from the outline of the garments, yet on the grounds that I simply assumed that he was once in Copenhagen, it by no means happened to me. however it used to be the observe with the citation from the Flatey e-book that confident me. It’s most likely written in my handwriting. ” “Oh? ” Kjartan pulled out the be aware that he had caught into his pockets the evening earlier than and passed it to the priest. Reverend Hannes took the notice and nodded after glancing at it. “I’ve occasionally needed to obtain international viewers who come the following at the Flatey publication trail,” he acknowledged. “I’ve attempted to acquaint myself with the background of the manuscript in addition to i will be able to and, within the procedure, shaped my very own rules approximately its heritage. the idea has been complex that Jón Finnsson of Flatey inscribed the manuscript with these phrases which are quoted at the word to dispel any ambiguities relating to heirship. I, nevertheless, think that he wrote this within the manuscript while he as soon as lent it in Skálholt, relatively your time prior to it was once eventually passed over to Bishop Brynjólfur. And I’m additionally yes that Jón Finnsson merely meant to lend Brynjólfur the manuscript whilst he got here for a trip within the trust that it is going to go back to him as soon as it were transcribed and researched. in a different way, he could have forfeited his possession by means of his personal hand with a few statement of possession within the manuscript. a guy doesn’t provide away an inscribed publication with out shifting the possession in writing first. That’s the way it labored again then, and that’s the way it works now.

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