An Inspector Erlendur Novel
By Arnaldur Indridason
(Picador, Paperback, 9780312610593, 336pp.)
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
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Inspector Erlunder has spent his career evading the phantoms of his past, and now he finds himself twice haunted—first, at a séance attended by the victim of a suspicious suicide, and again by the puzzle of two young people who went missing thirty years ago. There’s also the ghost of the detective’s disastrous marriage—which, despite the pleas of his drug-addled daughter, Erlendur refuses to confront. And there's his lingering obsession with the case of his beloved younger brother, who vanished without a trace when they were boys. Erlendur can run from his ghosts for only so long, and when they finally catch up with him, he is forced to face the devastating truth of his tormented past.
A brilliant novel of suspense from Iceland's frigid shores, Hypothermia is Scandinavian crime fiction at its best.
Arnaldur Indridason was born in 1961. He worked at an Icelandic newspaper, first as a journalist and then for many years as a film reviewer. He won the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel for both Jar City and Silence of the Grave, and in 2005 Silence of the Grave also won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of the year. (The film of Jar City, now available on DVD, was Iceland’s entry for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.) Indridason lives in Iceland, and his next novel in the series is forthcoming soon from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur.
“A remarkable series.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Indridason fills the void that remains after you're read Stieg Larsson's novels.”—USA Today
“A superb series . . . expertly handled.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Indridason shifts smoothly from the personal to the procedural. Everything's in balance, cliches are nonexistent, the plot and pacing are irresistible, the resolution just right. . . . What's Icelandic for 'we have ourselves a winner'?”—Newsday
“Every one of these writers is good [Hakan Nesser, Kjell Eriksson, Ake Edwardson, Helene Tursten, Karin Fossum], but in my book, Arnaldur Indridason is even better.”—Joe Queenan, Los Angeles Times
“Indridason combines psychological acuteness with great stylistic economy and a pleasing pace.”—The Independent (London)
“Haunting and compelling, this novel has an intense personal quality that keeps you reading.”—The Oklahoman
Praise for the Inspector Erlendur series:
“The best new series I’ve read this year. Arnaldur Indridason is already an international literary phenom—and it's easy to see why. His novels are gripping, authentic, haunting and lyrical. I can't wait for the next.”—Harlan Coben
“Arnaldur Indridason is a writer of astonishing gravitas and talent.”—John Lescroart
“No wonder Arnaldur Indridason won so many awards. He's a great storyteller, and American readers will overwhelmingly agree.”—C.J. Box, Anthony Award winning author of Blue Heaven
“Excellent . . . compelling . . . the denouement of this astonishingly vivid and subtle novel is unexpected and immensely satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Classic mystery fiction, both compassionate and thrilling. Indridason is one of the brightest stars in the the genre's dark skies.”—John Connolly
“Remarkable . . . another top-notch story from Indridason, its lyrical melancholy matched by the depth of its characterizations.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Dark, haunting . . . touched me in a way that few mystery novels do.”—Hallie Ephron, The Boston Globe
“A wonderfully storyteller. It's impossible to put the book down once you begin reading.”—The Globe and Mail
“Fans of mystery in general and Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum can only exult.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Indridason has definitely vaulted onto the A-list of Scandinavian crime authors.”—Booklist