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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099542323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099542322
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What is it with those Scandinavians? For many years they have been producing crime novels of the most chilling and engrossing nature. However, one man stands out for his sense of highly believable drama, suspense and an almost effortlessly simple, yet captivating delivery. He is Arnaldur Indridason... one of the brightest sparks on the international crime writing circuit ****" (Mirror)

"An utterly absorbing detective story. In Erlendur - morose, grouchy, but hugely likeable all the same - Indridason has created a character in the Morse/Rebus mould who could stand comparison with either" (Scotsman)

"Trenchantly written...stripped-down, sinewy prose" (Independent)

"Indridason is as interested in exploring the personalities and the relationships between them as he is in unravelling the mystery...a rounded, suprerior example of the genre" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Its humanity and insight make it truly memorable" (Sunday Times)

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`What is it with those Scandinavians? For many years they have been producing crime novels of the most chilling and engrossing nature. However, one man stands out for his sense of highly believable drama, suspense and an almost effortlessly simple, yet captivating delivery. He is Arnaldur Indridason...one of the brightest sparks on the international crime writing circuit.' **** --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This captivating novel is Indridason's fifth to be
translated into English from Icelandic,and featuring
the singular Detective Erlendur , backed by his
colleagues Sigurdur Oli and Elinborg.It confirms the
author's status as one of the leading writers of crime/
police procedural novels.
When a 10 year old half-Thai boy is found stabbed on
frozen ground outside his flat,Erlendur wonders whether
there could be a racial motive to the murder.As we follow
the fascinating investigations,the crime opens a national
debate into the consequences of multi-culturalism in Iceland,
and the author's descriptions of the harsh climate,pose
questions as to the effect of this on the Icelandic psyche.
Meanwhile the death of the young boy opens up for Erlendur
memories of the traumatic death of his own young brother.
This is a wonderfully easy to read novel,ably assisted
by excellent translation.It is about as good as crime
writing gets.
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If you haven't yet joined the Indridason fanclub - I'd recommend reading the Erlandur books in order (first one is Tainted Blood), because. although the stories sit well on their own, there are themes and threads that develop through the series. There's a strong similarity to the Wallender books of Hening Mankell - in particular the underlying sense of a man struggling to find his place in a world whose values are changing - but in my view Indridason stands out from any of his Scandinavian contemporaries for the quality of writing. He has a very simple style but a fantastic sense of narrative structure and characterisation; very understated (exceptionally well translated), and with a minimum of anachronistic plot devices. Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys Mankell, Rankin, Jo Nesbo or Stieg Larson
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By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2010
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If you like your crime writing complex and theatrical, with many twists and turns, Indridason is not for you. If on the other hand you like a book that almost seems to unfold with the random stops and starts of real life - its boredom, its ugliness, its repetitiveness and its pain - this book is to be recommended. A ten year old boy is stabbed, for no reason that anyone seems to be able to gauge for most of the book. The police officers go over and over the same ground, sometimes to the frustration of the reader. Eventually the crime is solved, but pretty much by a bizarre coincidence of recognition. A cold, tough book.
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It is Erlandur's turn to grieve in this story. Based around the murder of a young immigrant boy this story probes Iceland's soft racist underbelly. The main characters still have their own back stories and Eva Line drifts in and out. The question about Erlandur's brother is still like Banquo's ghost, haunting Erlandur's at every turn.
I wasn't as engrossed by this story as by others in the series, it seemed a little slow. The missing paedophile was intriguing,I couldn't see the point in bringing him into the story, he may pop up in later books. I mistakenly linked him with Bergur's disappearance which I think was my motivation for persevering to the end of the story. Hopefully I'll find the next one draws me in more.
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This is another dimension to our acquaintance with crime writers from Scandinavia and the countries bordering on the Arctic Circle. Based in Iceland this is quite an enjoyable thriller. The first half is very gripping from the point of the murder of a young boy originating from Thailand. It is well written and the reader wants to carry on finding out about the next episode.

Unfortunately, the story sags a little later on. This maybe because of the tendency in many crime novels to bring in some personal aspect of the investigating police officers. In this case, although some relevance to the main murder can be seen, the reader may begin to wonder why the writer cannot carry on with the main murder story. It breaks the spell for the reader. However, it must be said that the writer manages to keep the suspense up by way of only gradually revealing who was responsible for the murder and why.

The first part of the book is also interesting in that it brings out a dimension of immigrant life in Iceland that many readers may not be aware of. A focal point of the story of the presence of immigrants from many different countries, in particular from South East Asia like Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. We are never very clear about why they are present, except that in some cases it is Icelandic visitors to these countries after marrying local girls. But reminiscent of race relations in countries like Britain and France in recent years, the author brings in many points of contention between the immigrants and the local residents, and amongst the immigrant communities. Tensions amongst youngsters moving from one dominant culture to another are illustrated by means of their school and peer experiences.
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I am working my way through this excellent series and this is the first book that has felt a ittle laboured. Probably because the subject matter was not as gripping as the others. And the author was a little too occupied with preaching the difficulties that immigrants face in Iceland. So it was tedious in parts. Indridason has some tremendous back stories running through hsi books especially the one involving his estranged daughter. But she hardly features in this book and that's a pity. But I feel he's setting the scene for her to play a larger role in the forthcoming books. It's a seris to stick with as the writing is excellent.
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