The Iron Chariot

(10 customer reviews)


On a blazing hot summer’s day, holidaymakers on a Norwegian island are shocked to discover that a fellow guest has been found murdered on a desolate plain. The nameless narrator, an author, was the last person to see the victim alive; shortly afterwards, he was disturbed by a noise like “a rattling of chains.” A local tells him this is “the iron chariot,” said to presage death. Detective Asbjorn Krag is summoned from the capital to investigate. When a similar death occurs on the plain, it is again preceded by the eerie sound. Mystery is added to mystery when the victim turns out to be a man believed to have died several years earlier. Drawn unwillingly into the investigation, the narrator is puzzled by the enigmatic detective’s apparent inaction, and troubled by unfolding events. So profound is his unease that he feels he must leave the island. Then Krag promises to tell him the solution to the mystery.

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10 reviews for The Iron Chariot

  1. Pat Christensen

    Too long and short of plotThe book is interesting at the beginning though you soon figure out the murder. For awhile it was watching inspector trapping him. Ultimately I just wanted to be done with so I could start another book.

  2. Margaret

    atmospheresuch great atmosphere in this book. i knew it was vintage crime so did not expect a modern kind of suspense novel. it is evident right away “who done it” but it was a good read anyway.

  3. Judith R. James

    If you’re into Scandinavian crime stories…Such a well written, fine characters-filled crime story. Its very stylish, manages to feel 100 yrs ago yet clever story.

  4. Buddy

    A dated story.This might once have been entertaining but is quite outdated today. The ending is easily determined.

  5. Michael R. Larsen

    The Iron ChariotWell written book, a bit dated, but still very nice. A good starting place for the Nordic Noire genre

  6. Edward Carl

    Murder with a a twist. Elegant writing of a time long gone. Some slow spots through the bookSlow spots through out the book but the mystery holds attention with parts of psychic drama along with the original crime.

  7. Kay F

    Interesting twisted plot.This story is timeless; Originally published in 1909, a complex plot with hints of Sherlock Holmes and other classic fiction.I’m recommending it to my Bookclub.

  8. Kindle Customer

    An unknown mystery classic from a Norwegian writer now re-discovered.Fascinating and somewhat bizarre late 19-early 20th century Norway portrayed beautifully in a compelling mystery novel even older than books by Agatha Christie. Must read if you are a mystery-liver!

  9. Thomas L Beasley

    Nesbo never disappointingAlways a good read

  10. Kindle Customer

    Three StarsI liked the descriptions of Norway. I thought the novel was a slow read and somewhat boring.

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