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Arnaldur Indridason , Victoria Cribb
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7 Oct 2010 Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 6

One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam at her holiday cottage. At first sight, it appears like a straightforward case of suicide; María had never recovered from the death of her mother two years previously and she had a history of depression. But then the friend who found her body approaches Detective Erlendur with a tape of a séance that María attended before her death and his curiosity is aroused.

Driven by a need to find answers, Erlendur begins an unofficial investigation into María's death. But he is also haunted by another unsolved mystery - the disappearance of two young people thirty years ago - and by his own quest to find the body of his brother, who died in a blizzard when he was a boy. Hypothermia is Indridason's most compelling novel yet.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; paperback / softcover edition (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0099532271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099532279
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,615 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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"An intelligent, gripping and moody tale with superior characterisation" (Marcel Berlins The Times)

"The narrative grips, the writing, excellently translated by Cribb, is resonant and lyrical, and the atmosphere is chillingly creepy" (Laura Wilson Guardian)

"Hypothermia is one of the most haunting crime novels I've read in a long time, unsentimental yet informed by the author's extraordinary empathy with human suffering" (Joan Smith Sunday Times)

"An insightful human story, beautifully written and translated" (Jessica Mann Literary Review)

"Descriptions of Iceland's stunning crystalline landscape are lyrical and the overall storyline thoughtful and original" (Carla McKay Daily Mail)

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When a woman is found dead shortly after attending a seance, Detective Erlendur, already haunted by an unsolved mystery from thirty years ago, begins his investigations.

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best crime writer working today? 23 Nov 2009
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Informal Inquiry 18 Jan 2010
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hypothermia 7 Mar 2010
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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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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging throughout 4 Oct 2009
By Simon Clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the sixth novel featuring the brooding,
insular(he has never been outside Iceland),yet
fascinating Detective Erlandur.
The obsessive Maria is found hanging in her
holiday home.A seemingly clear case of suicide.
But all is quiet regarding official police work
for Erlandur,so he decides to go off on his own,
and satisfy himself concerning the circumstances
leading up to the suicide.This triggers Erlandur's
own obsession with 2 missing person cases from 30
years back,and with the disappearance of his brother
in a snow storm ,when the Detective was a child.This
has a bearing on Erlandur's current dysfunctional
family life.
This is not a conventional police procedural novel,
focusing ,as it does, a great deal on Erlandur,but it
is well written and engaging throughout.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arnaldur Indridason - Hypothermia 30 Sep 2009
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Hypothermia is exceptional, an absolutely outstanding crime novel. Every year I forget just how good Indridason is, how intelligent a crime writer, how gently he stitches his plots together, and how superlatively moving his books are. Indridason consistently writes the saddiest, sorriest crime novels I've ever read. Nearly each one has scenes of such empathy and pathos that most readers would be hard pressed not to be moved to tears. Like Karin Fossum, he has a real sense of compassion for quite lives lived unexceptionally but ended tragically. I loved reading this book. It's intelligent, original, and knits different cases together, one of a disquieting suicide and two separate dissappearances from years ago, wonderfully. I would recommend that every fan of crime novels reads this book. Simply put, Indridason's a crime-writing genius.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Enjoyed this book very much. First I have read by this author and look forward to reading more. Ideal holiday book.
Published 9 days ago by Baroness Orczy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Nordic melancholia
"Hypothernia" is the sixth of Arnaldur Indrišason's series of 'Reykjavik Murder Mysteries' to be translated into English. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Steve Benner
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Iceland
Indrason gets the reader involved quickly with a good plot, believable characters, and a setting (in this undeservedly little-known part of the world) well-depicted and fitting to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fred Everett
2.0 out of 5 stars Hanging Around
I just cannot understand some of the rave reviews for such a disappointing work. The dialogue plods along, the translation is awkward and stilted, the style ponderous, the plot... Read more
Published 1 month ago by pierre
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting read amongst the best
If you have read and liked Stig Larsons books you will like these. Being set in Iceland the plots can get a bit doom & gloom sometimes, that is the nature of Erlendur the main... Read more
Published 2 months ago by revenueman
3.0 out of 5 stars Thrillingly haunting
A deeply disturbing and haunting story, that begs the question, Can human beings really do these things to one another and is it possible for faith to be so strong? Read more
Published 5 months ago by MRS L R GOLDING
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing until the end
Loved this book. I had just visited Iceland which probably helped re: imagining the setting. However, a great mystery which I couldn't guess until the end.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Hypothermia (Arnaldur Indirdason)
Very atmospheric and you care about the characters. I especially like Erlendur who though grumpy and terminally depressed, is like a dog with a bone and never gives up.
Published 7 months ago by T. King
Pretty good story, as you'd expect, although you kind of know how it's going to end it's a pleasant journey getting there.
Published 7 months ago by MH
5.0 out of 5 stars The old man and the mountain
Another case for Detective Erlendur, but this time his colleagues, Sigurdur Oli and Elinborg, and almost absent from the novel. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dr R
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