Arctic Chill Paperback – Aug 31 2010
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“A remarkable series.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“This Icelandic tale is delivered with exquisite sensitivity, in a moody translation.” ―Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
“A solid police procedural . . . well-constructed and certainly unflinching in its with of the human condition.” ―Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
“Arctic Chill is most reminiscent of Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series.” ―Jessica Moyer, Booklist
“Delving into the prejudices and inequalities of Icelandic society, this novel has great clarity, emotional depth, and resonance.” ―Katie Owen, The Daily Telegraph (UK)
About the Author
ARNALDUR INDRIDASON is the author of Jar City, Silence of the Grave, Voices, and The Draining Lake, all published by Minotaur. He won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave and is the only author to win the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel two years in a row, for Jar City and Silence of the Grave. The film of Jar City, now available on DVD from Blockbuster, was Iceland's entry for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and the film of his next book, Silence of the Grave, is currently in production with the same director. His thrillers have sold more than five million copies in over 25 countries around the world. He lives in Iceland.See all Product Description
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I hope somebody from the publisher is reading this. They should be ashamed.
In Arctic Chill, even while religiously attending to his investigations, Erlendur frequently ruminates of his personal life, a new relationship in his maturity, a drug-addicted daughter and the recurring memories of a tragic childhood accident that took the life of Erlendur's younger brother. Perhaps it is Elias's brutal death that prompts these memories, especially when the boy's older brother, Niran, fifteen, cannot be located, adding to the anguish of a distraught mother. Sunee, a Thai, has sought a better life for her boys in Reykjavik, even though her marriage to an Icelander has failed. Erlendur and his team work against time to find the missing boy and discover Elias's murderer. To that end, their interviews reveal a troubling level of rancor toward immigrants at Elias's school, both from students and teachers. But whose rage spilled over to allow the stabbing of an innocent young boy?
Once Niran is found quaking in a basement, that very question leads Sunee to spirit the teenager away, making it impossible for the police to interview the boy or learn what may have provoked his brother's murder. While focusing on Elias's death and what the older brother knows but will not divulge to police, Erlendur is haunted by another case yet to be resolved, a report of a missing woman. The more he learns about the missing woman's husband's background, the more the detective is convinced of foul play. But a series of phone calls throws him off track. Mistakes are made, Erlendur doubting his own instincts as a detective.
Indridason writes of contemporary Iceland touched by the same volatile concerns as other countries in the EU, where the identity of place is threatened by an influx of immigrants either seeking employment or asylum. Sunee's distrust of the police exemplifies the immigrants' tentative relationships to authorities and the deep-seated fears of those who are intimidated by an unfriendly environment. In fact, Erlendur exhibits an extraordinary amount of patience and consideration for Sunee's behavior, attending to his investigation as Sigurdur Oli and Elinborg deliver critical pieces of information that lead to a disturbing discovery of motive and murderer. Solid investigative police work and an intriguing personality make Erlendur a character that never disappoints, always surprises. Luan Gaines/2009.
As with his other mysteries, there is an intertwining of the personal and professional in the story - this time focusing on Sigurdur Oli and his partner, Begthora (God, but I love these Icelandic names!) and their decision to adopt or not - recognizing that if they choose to adopt, their child will undoubtedly come from East Asia or India, with the resulting social stigma accompanying that choice. The crime itself is interesting, but the larger questions and themes, and the way his characters wrestle with them are the real gems here. _Arctic Chill_ is vintage Indridason; his style will keep me coming back to read more by him. Recommended.