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Arnaldur Indridason

Author of Jar City

58+ Works 17,775 Members 914 Reviews 78 Favorited

About the Author

Arnaldur Indriðason was born in Reykjavík January 28, 1961 and writes crime fiction. He is the son of writer Indriði G. Þorsteinsson. Arnaldur graduated with a degree in history from the University of Iceland in 1996. Arnaldur's first published book, Sons of Dust (Synir duftsins) in 1997, is show more the first in the Detective Erlendur series. Arnaldur's books have been published in twenty-six countries and have been translated into Russian, Polish, German, Greek, Danish, Catalan, English, Italian, Czech, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Chinese, Croatian, Romanian and French. He won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award in 2005 for the novel Silence of the Grave. Arnaldur lives in Reykjavík with his wife and three children. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Arnaldur Indridason

Jar City (2000) 2,946 copies
Silence of the Grave (2002) 2,367 copies
Voices (2003) 1,737 copies
The Draining Lake (2004) 1,640 copies
Arctic Chill (2005) 1,455 copies
Hypothermia (2007) 1,312 copies
Outrage (2008) 955 copies
Black Skies (2009) 719 copies
Strange Shores (2010) 655 copies
Operation Napoleon (2010) 634 copies
Reykjavik Nights (2012) 542 copies
The Shadow District (2017) 429 copies
Into Oblivion (2014) 399 copies
Sons of Dust (1997) 375 copies
The Shadow Killer (2015) 260 copies
The Darkness Knows (2021) 247 copies
Silent Kill (1998) 220 copies
Schemerspel (2011) 196 copies
Codex Regius (2006) 172 copies
Bettý (2003) 151 copies
The Girl by the Bridge (2018) 142 copies
Valkuil (2016) 87 copies
Smeulend vuur (2019) 39 copies
Vallende stenen (2020) 39 copies
La pietra del rimpianto (2023) 3 copies
Razende storm (2023) 3 copies
Ondskans ekon (2022) 3 copies
Noches de Reikiavik (2023) 2 copies
Den tause moren (2021) 2 copies
Ciemna rzeka (2017) 1 copy
Todeshauch 1 copy
Kältezone 1 copy
Ukendte kyster (2016) 1 copy
©yska h©ðsi©ʻ (2015) 1 copy
Sameissa vesissä (2020) 1 copy
Mur av taushet (2023) 1 copy
Eiseskälte 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Indriðason, Arnaldur
Legal name
Indriðason, Arnaldur
Other names
Arnaldur Indriðason,
Arnaldur Indridason,
Indridason, Arnaldur
Birthdate
1961-01-28
Gender
male
Nationality
Iceland
Country (for map)
Iceland
Birthplace
Reykjavík, Iceland
Places of residence
Reykjavik, Iceland
Education
University of Iceland (History)
Occupations
journalist
film critic (1986-2001)
crime novelist
Organizations
Morgunblaðið
Awards and honors
Glasnyckeln (2002)
Glasnyckeln (2003)
Svenska Deckarakademin (2005)
Blóðdropinn (2008)
Suomen dekkariseura (2009)
Short biography
Arnaldur Indridason worked for many years as a journalist and critic before writing novels. Outside Iceland, he is best known for his crime novels featuring Erlendur and Sigurdur Oli, which are consistent bestsellers. The series has won numerous awards, including the Nordic Glass Key, and the CWA Gold Dagger for Silence of the Grave.

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KIRKUS REVIEWAn Icelandic detective investigates a murder with roots in the distant past.When veteran Reykjavik police inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is called to a squalid basement flat to examine the corpse of an elderly man named Holberg, bludgeoned to death with a large ashtray, he finds on the scene a typed note with the cryptic message, ?I am HIM.? Murder in Iceland is rare, and Erlendur is just coordinating his probe when two other crimes demand his attention: the assault of geriatric twin sisters in their home and the disappearance of a bride shortly after her wedding. The divorced Erlendur must also struggle to get his combative, punked-out daughter Eva Lind away from her drug-drenched nightlife. The news that Holberg was arrested for rape 30 years ago sends Erlendur on a difficult search among old records and hostile, forgetful witnesses. The sexist cop who caught the original rape case insulted the victim and allowed Holberg to walk. Erlendur?s colleagues Sigurdur and El?nberg are annoyed at the drudgery involved in this effort, but eventually the team finds other victims of Holberg who hold the key to the killing. And Erlendur?s relationship with Eva takes a significant step forward when she helps crack the case of the runaway bride.… (more)
 
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bentstoker | 138 other reviews | Jan 26, 2024 |
(2006) Second in series is another very good novel by this author. A long buried corpse is discovered buried in Reyjavik and Erlendur tries to piece together the mystery. An archeologist is brought in to unearth the body while the police try to determine who it may be. It leads them to WWII and the fact that one of the families who lived close by was that of a violent man who beat his wife and threatened his 3 children. This man is sent to prison for stealing from the local US base and while there his wife falls in love with a local US soldier. When the man is released he comes home threatening to kill his wife and an unborn infant. The wife manages to start poisoning him with rat poison, but before it can have the desired effect, the man discovers it and comes after the wife. In order to protect his mother the oldest son grabs a pair of scissors and kills his father. This is the body buried in the moor. Good writer.Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. In Indridason's excellent second mystery (after 2005's Jar City), a skeleton, buried for more than 50 years, is uncovered at a building site on the outskirts of Reykjav?k. Who is it? How did he or she die? And was it murder? The police wonder, chief among them the tortured, introspective Inspector Erlendur, introduced in Jar City. While an archeologist excavates the burial site, several other narratives unfold: a horrifying story of domestic abuse set during WWII, a search for missing persons that unearths almost-forgotten family secrets involving some of the city's most prominent citizens, and Erlendur's own painful family story (his estranged, drug-addicted daughter is in a coma, after miscarrying her child). All these strands are compelling, but it's the story of the physical and psychological battering of a young mother of three by her husband that resonates most. And the denouement of this astonishingly vivid and subtle novel is unexpected and immensely satisfying. Indridason has won the CWA Golden Dagger Award.… (more)
 
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derailer | 113 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
(2005) An Icelandic mystery where a known rapist is found dead with no apparent suspect. Introduces a police inspector Erlendur who is lead to Iceland's genealogy database to track down 2 possible murderers. They were sons of rape by the victim. It gets even more complicated as the victim is the carrier of a rare form of cancer that only presents itself in female offspring. The two suspects both have daughter and sister who died from this defect. The murderer is found to be one of the rape victim's sons who at the end kills himself. Very readable and interesting characters. Learned of this book thru Douglas County Library Night Reads book club.KIRKUS REVIEWAn Icelandic detective investigates a murder with roots in the distant past.When veteran Reykjavik police inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is called to a squalid basement flat to examine the corpse of an elderly man named Holberg, bludgeoned to death with a large ashtray, he finds on the scene a typed note with the cryptic message, ?I am HIM.? Murder in Iceland is rare, and Erlendur is just coordinating his probe when two other crimes demand his attention: the assault of geriatric twin sisters in their home and the disappearance of a bride shortly after her wedding. The divorced Erlendur must also struggle to get his combative, punked-out daughter Eva Lind away from her drug-drenched nightlife. The news that Holberg was arrested for rape 30 years ago sends Erlendur on a difficult search among old records and hostile, forgetful witnesses. The sexist cop who caught the original rape case insulted the victim and allowed Holberg to walk. Erlendur's colleagues Sigurdur and El?nberg are annoyed at the drudgery involved in this effort, but eventually the team finds other victims of Holberg who hold the key to the killing. And Erlendur's relationship with Eva takes a significant step forward when she helps crack the case of the runaway bride.The author's American debut, winner of the 2002 Nordic Crime Novel Award, is a model puzzle presented with clarity and crisp economy.Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 2005ISBN: 0-312-34070-2Page count: 288ppPublisher: Dunne/MinotaurReview Posted Online: May 20th, 2010Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2005… (more)
 
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derailer | 138 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
I found it tough going in the early parts of the book dealing with deeply unpleasant situations and characters. It was very much in the "nordic noir" genre for those parts. Thus it was a pleasant surprise that Iceland's extensive genealogical and genetic database played an important role in the latter part of the story.
 
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drthubbie | 138 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |

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