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  • Hardcover: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg Rep edition (19 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410433773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410433770
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,604,899 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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Mick Nagle on 23 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jack Russell on 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By zeev wolfe on 18 Jan. 2010
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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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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Simon Clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Oct. 2009
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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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This is the latest installment in the so-called Reykjavik murder mysteries series featuring detective Erlendur and his team. I have read all the previous ones and enjoyed them each tremendously, getting to know the characters as they slowly unfold. For me, it is definite boon to read a book that is set in a familar location, and Iceland to me is very familiar indeed. I have visited five times now and got to know the country reasonably well - both city and country. Reading about places that you are familar with, and understanding the Icelandic pysche as I do adds more depth to the story, and for me at least, makes these books a much more interesting read as I can relate to the characters that much more.

Each book in the series has then for me, been successively better than the last, and this one I am pleased to say was no exception. As the preview says, a woman whose mother has recently died, and who has a history of depression, is found hanging in her holiday cottage. The friend who found the body hands Erlendur a tape of the deceased speaking to a medium and so a chain reaction of events is set in motion that leads Erlendur to undertake some unofficial investigations of his own. These investigations ultimately lead him to realise that this apparent suicide is not necessary what it seems, and in the process, he also manages to solve some other unrelated crimes.

I won't go into too much detail as to exactly what does happen, for it will only ruin it for those who wish to read it for themselves. Suffice to say that the woman's home life is not what it seems, and her apparently grieving and supportive husband is harbouring secrets of his own, secrets of a misspent youth that lead Erlendur to uncover a darker, more sinister crime.
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