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Arctic Chill (2005)

by Arnaldur Indriðason

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Series: Inspector Erlendur: UK Publication Order (5)

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Arctic Chill, Arnaldur Indridason's 7th in the Erlendur series, is quite similar to others I've read by him: a bit boring, interesting descriptions of Icelandic terrain, lots of introspection, competent but slow-motion police work, and a satisfying ending. It's a decent mystery that took a lot longer to solve than expected.

As is often the case in this genre, there are actually 2 investigations undertaken by Inspector Erlendur: a missing person case and the murder of a Thai immigrant child. He and his team focus on the child's murder and eventually crack the case, but the difference in police tactics between there and here (Chicago) continues to be interesting to me. Unfortunately, the fact of life in our part of the US is that there are so many murders that the police really know how to work them efficiently. A lot of the investigatory work in this book, and others in the series, seems to be sort of ad hoc and slow by comparison. I think the reasons I like the Erlendur series are the procedural differences as well as its exotic Iceland location. It's certainly not the exciting writing. In due course, both mysteries are solved and the inspector returns to his brooding about his messed up family life and the long ago accidental death of his brother. ( )
  gmmartz | Mar 9, 2017 |
Jar City is still the best but I liked this very much, more for the ideas than the mystery that was a little meh. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Another chilling crime story from Reykjavik, Iceland. Good to get acquainted again with well-known characters Erlendur, Sigurdur Oli and Elinborg. A boy of Thai descent is found stabbed to death - and racism is suspected as the motive, specially after knowing about problems with bullying in the school and a teacher very hostile towards immigrants.

While the investigation seems to go nowhere for a long time there's also focus on inspector Erlendurs private life, where he finally seems to open up more on the issue of his brother who died in a snow storm as a child. Pressed by his two children who are curious to know why this has haunted Erlendur so much over the gears. ( )
2 vote ctpress | Sep 25, 2015 |
Freezing cold Icelandic winter and murder of a Thai teenager. For a long time the investigation goes nowhere but eventually Inspector Erlender figures it out. Atmospheric and brooding ( )
  sianpr | Aug 13, 2015 |
While not quite up the quality of the Wallander series, I do enjoy these Icelandic thrillers. This book focuses on the issues and attitudes surrounding immigration in a country that is trying hard to hold on to its culture and its language. An interesting bit in the book was when police search a suspect's for hate propaganda and "...found a carefully folded Confederate flag and another bearing a swastika...unearthed articles...inciting hatred..." This, in a book written in 2005 by an Icelandic author, a decade before the fight over the Confederate flag re-emerged. ( )
  Jcambridge | Jul 2, 2015 |
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Is there such a thing as a perfect crime-fiction novel? Probably not, but if there were, this would surely be a strong contender. Arnaldur Indridason's latest novel in the Inspector Erlendur series continues the upward trend in quality, confidence and storytelling that I have come to hope for, even dare to expect, with each new outing. Tragically, Indridason's translator, Bernard Scudder died before he had completed work on ARCTIC CHILL, but Victoria Cribb has stepped in and the result seems to be a seamless one....This author is brilliant at speaking to the reader at the level at which the reader desires, so one can either ignore the economically presented character studies and get on with the plot, or revel in them and find further insight behind the sparse prose. For me, this author understands internal suffering all too well, and can convey the sadness of daily life in a dispassionate yet empathetic way.

 
The books of Icelandic crime writer Arnaldur Indridason may seem esoteric, but this is a situation that is fast changing. A film adaptation of his Jar City has won rave reviews, and UK bookselling chains are promoting crime in translation...An opaque Icelandic police procedural that's all shades of grey...

 
...may well be the most thoroughly depressing of all the gloomy police procedurals coming out of those cold lands near the Arctic Circle. But since the storyteller is Arnaldur Indridason, this Icelandic tale is delivered with exquisite sensitivity, in a moody translation...
 

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Arnaldur Indriðasonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bernard ScudderTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rexford, JustinCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ben ik nu degene die nog leeft
of degene die gestorven is?

Steinn Steinnar, Op het kerkhof
Am I the one, who lives on, or the other who died? Steinn Steinnar, In A Cemetery
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Erlendur stood over the grave in the freezing cold, searching for a purpose to the whole business of life and death. As usual he could find no answers . . . . Life was a random mass of unforseeable coincidencees that governed men's fates like a storm that strikes without warning, causing injury and death. (340)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312655304, Paperback)

INSPECTOR ERLENDUR RETURNS IN THIS ICY, INTENSE REYKJAVIK THRILLER

On an icy January day, the Reykjavik police are called to a block of apartments where a body has been found in the garden: a young, dark-skinned boy is frozen to the ground in a pool of blood. Erlendur and his team embark on their investigation and soon unearth tensions simmering beneath the surface of Iceland’s outwardly liberal, multicultural society. Meanwhile, the boy’s murder forces Erlendur to confront the tragedy in his own past.
 
Master crime writer Arnaldur Indridason's Arctic Chill renders a vivid portrait of Iceland's brutal, little-known culture wars in a taut, fast-paced police procedural.

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On an icy January day, the Reykjavik police are called to a block of flats where a body has been found in the garden: a young, dark-skinned boy, frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood. The discovery of a stab wound in his stomach extinguishes any hope that this was a tragic accident. Erlendur and his team embark on their investigation with little to go on but the news that the boy's Thai half-brother is missing. Is he implicated, or simply afraid for his own life? The investigation soon unearths tensions simmering beneath the surface of Iceland's outwardly liberal, multicultural society. The boy's murder forces Erlendur to confront a tragedy in his own past. Soon, facts are emerging from the snow-filled darkness that are more chilling even than the Arctic night.… (more)

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