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.
A superb series . . . expertly handled.
Haunting and compelling, this novel has an intense personal quality that keeps you reading.