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  • 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)

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Arnaldur Indridason worked for many years as a journalist and critic before he began writing novels. Outside Iceland, he is best known for his crime novels featuring Erlendur and Sigurdur Óli, which are consistent bestsellers across Europe. The series has won numerous awards, including the Nordic Glass Key and the CWA Gold Dagger.

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"Our love affair with Scandinavian crime continues with the latest installment of Indridason's award-winning Icelandic murder mystery series."
--Daily Express

"...Indridason combines psychological acuteness with great stylistic economy and a pleasing place." --Independant

"...An insightful human story, beautifully written and translated..."
--Literary Review

"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 Times

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The latest thrilling instalment in Indridason's CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning Reykjavik Murder Mystery series.

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Arnaldur Indridasson has for some time been among the cream of the explosion of crime and mystery writing currently emanating from the Nordic countries; A writer who eschews melodrama, keeps his cast of characters concise and tightly drawn and suffuses all of his writing with a slightly doleful understatement. His main character, Erlandur, superficially ticks all the boxes for the identikit modern fictional detective; middle-aged (check), unhappy family life (check), bit of a loner (check), dogged and brilliant (check) - in this respect for Erlandur read Wallander, Rebus, Banks etc. What differentiates Indridasson are the depth of his psychological insight and his willingness to stretch the conventional form into areas where lesser writers would not dare to go, working without the safety net of big plot, big action or supporting cast of big characters, but keeping the reader glued to the personalities involved and to the slow revealing of a complex and ultimately tragic story. This latest instalment has Erdlandur working on his own to resolve events that may or may not be crimes, but whose resolution will in any event have little direct impact on anyone alive. That resolution is as much about recovering and honouring the memory of the lost, as it is about exposing the actions of the guilty. Indridasson is by nature a sparse writer, there is little embellishment and the "octane level" is kept rather low - but his mastery of pace and narrative fluency are simply unrivalled (contrast him with the much hyped, highly enjoyable but infinitely more frenetic and long-winded Stieg Larsson). I've long felt that Indridasson is among the very best crime writers working in Europe; for me Hypothermia elevates him onto a different literary level. Highly recommended
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I bought this book because I had loved reading the Henning Mankell series about the detective Wallander. Indridason is Icelandic and sets his novel there. It has a similar feel to Mankell and the main character is a detective Erlendar who would, I'm sure, be seen as a kindred soul by Wallander. I found Erlendar bleak to the point of desperate and his family situation dysfunctional and distressing. The pace of the novel is pleasingly slow and has a number of psychological twists. Discussions of Icelandic culture and geography are very interesting and the novel as whole was a good read. I would read other books in this series.
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A young woman is found at her summer house by a lake. She has hung herself from one of the beams. There is no foul-play involved according to the coroner. But something is bothering Erlendur. Something is tickling the back of his neck. An old man comes to see Erlendur. His son disappeared thirty years ago. He comes to see Erlendur on his sons birthday. His wife has died and he is terminal. He has come to say goodbye. Erlendur decides to give the disappearance one last look.

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.

Zeev Wolfe
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Arnaldur Indridason's Inspector Erlendur novels are superior titles in the Nordic noir canon. They are slow, thoughtful and introspective, often concerned with long-unsolved mysteries and disappearances, and the scars and doubts these leave with those left behind. In Hypothermia, Erlendur almost becomes a private detective, looking into what at first appears to be a straightforward case of suicide, and then entangling himself in the unsolved disappearance of two seemingly unrelated cases from years' back.

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.
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Erlendur investigates the suicide of a married woman on his own in this book of the series. The woman, Marie, had been troubled by the death of her father and mother. She wanted to 'pass over to the other side' and make contact with her mother; this fact Erlendur was made aware of by the woman's husband Baldvin, a doctor.
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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