- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Harvill Secker (1 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846552621
- ISBN-13: 978-1846552625
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hypothermia Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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"Our love affair with Scandinavian crime continues with the latest installment of Indridason's award-winning Icelandic murder mystery series."
"...Indridason combines psychological acuteness with great stylistic economy and a pleasing place." --Independant
"...An insightful human story, beautifully written and translated..."
"Descriptions of Iceland's stunning crystalline landscape are lyrical and the overall storyline thoughtful and original" --The Daily Mail
"an intelligent, gripping and moody tale with superior characterisation" --The Saturday Times
"Indridason's best novel so far" --Books Quarterly
"The narrative grips, the writing, excellently translated by Cribb, is resonant and Lyrical, and the atmosphere is chillingly creepy. Brrr" --Guardian
`a personal odyssey, suffused with a melancholy that, like the icy chill, seeps into the bones' --The Herald
`Hypothermia is one of the most haunting crime novels I've read in a long time' --Sunday Times
"The narrative grips, the writing is resonant and lyrical, and the atmosphere chillingly creepy. Brrr"
The latest thrilling instalment in Indridason's CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning Reykjavik Murder Mystery series.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
So begins this amazing novel. The plotting is so well done that you feel that you are with Erlendur every step of the way. Sometimes you could be one or two steps ahead or behind. But he never looses the thread and keeps plugging away. There's a side story that involves his daughter, son, ex-wife, current girlfriend and his long lost brother. We learn a lot more about the 'gloomy' and taciturn detectives' life.
Arnaldur has a way of presenting information to the reader that is at times subtle and other times brutal. But nothing is ever talked about or mentioned for no reason. Every piece of information is a building block in the story or the characters. This was a well thought out story, without any extraneous plotting.
There are two more books to the series (as of 2009) that are yet to be translated. Here's hoping they are anywhere as good as this one.
What drives much of this interest is Erlendur's own demons surrounding the disappearance of his brother in a storm years' ago - an ongoing unsolved mystery that sits at the heart of most of these books. As ever, it's the characters, their motivations and the sympathetic, non-judgemental approach that Erlendur adopts that makes these books far superior to the work of other authors. The plot in this one is perhaps a little bit predictable - indeed Indridason almost tees it up that way - but as ever its the mood cast by the wake of unsolved mysteries and the fractious nature of Erlendur's relationships with his own family that sustains much of the interest.
As is usual with the Reykjavik Murder Mysteries, there is a great deal 'going on' in the background / past of the people being investigated. Also, there is the missing person aspect, which Erlendur is obsessed with. In this case a young man and woman who went missing 30 years ago.
I was left wondering if there was to be a connection between the missing persons case and the suicide. As always, my interest was kept at a high. Erlendur, as a character, is dogmatic and worries away at clues/information, not letting go until he solves the puzzles.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys realistic murder mysteries, involving characters who are believable and not 'Super Heroes '.
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An enjoyable read. The Detective methodically puts the pieces together and solves the crime. There's something appealing about Iceland rather than the English countryside as the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Giles Wilcox
My favourite of the Icelandic mysteries. Being an avid reader of murder mysteries it was refreshing to come across a murder method not encountered before!Published 7 months ago by Jackie