Arctic Chill (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries) Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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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)
`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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.Read more ›
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Originally published in 2005, this gloomy police procedural has two major and two minor storylines. The most acute case is the fatal stabbing of a 10-year old boy who was half... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alfred J. Kwak
Book is a good story, but its condition was not ss described. Supposd to be 'used very good'. It had bent cover, something had spilled on and stained many of the pages. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jane