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Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason
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Title:Arctic Chill
Authors:Arnaldur Indridason
Info:Random House Canada (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 352 pages
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Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indriðason (2005)

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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 |
I enjoyed this mystery set in Iceland. The possibilities kept me guessing right until the end. I look forward to reading earlier books in this series. ( )
  krin5292 | Feb 27, 2015 |
This the fifth novel about detective Erlendur Sveinsson set in contemporary Reykjavik that I have read and it is satisfying both in the crime story in this book and in progressing the personal stories of two of the the three main detectives in the novels, Erlendur and Sigurdur Óli.
For this latter reason I would recommend that you first read the earlier four Erlendur novels that have been translated into English.
However the crime story in this book revolves around the seemingly senseless murder of a ten year old boy of mixed parentage (Icelandic and Thai) and the search for the murderer. The bleakness of Reykjavik itself in winter is brought to life, especially the darkness and cold weather. The mixed parentage means that issues of racism and the integration of ethnic minorities into Iceland (or lack thereof) are explored.
However, for me, the novel is raised above the previous ones in the series (which are all good) as it realistically portrays Erlendur's encounters with his estranged children, Eva and Sindri, his new partner, Valgerdur, and the slow death of his old boss, Marion Briem. The personal story of Erlendur's colleague, Sigurdur Óli and his wife, Bergthora, also advances, although not happily.
The current case also brings to the fore Erlendur's memories of his brother's death at the age of 8, lost with Erlendur in a blizzard, where only Erlendur was found.
All-in-all, a very satisfying read. ( )
  CarltonC | Oct 16, 2014 |
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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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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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