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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Picador USA; Reprint edition (Aug. 31 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312655304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312655303
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #549,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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123 of 135 people found the following review helpful
Reservations Oct. 5 2009
By L. Bullock - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Before I explain my reservations about purchasing the hardcover version of Arctic Chill, published by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group, let me say how much I enjoy reading Arnaldur Indridason's stories. Saying that, I must add that my reading pleasure has been disrupted significantly by the book's poor copyediting. Before completing the first 100 pages, I discovered numerous misspelled words, including versions of "devastated," "jeans," "children," and "that." There are nonsensical sentences, such as "This is can't be happening" and "There was a pool of blood underneath him that froze more or less directly it formed." I cannot recall ever reading a text so carelessly assembled. I thought other readers should be prepared should they decide to purchase the book.
47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy Dec 6 2009
By Amelia Rosner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I adore Indridason's police prodcedurals and when I read Bernard Scudder's obituary, I knew we were in for some changes. Oy. I had no idea. This is a pretty good story, maybe not as good as Voices, Silence of the Grave or Jar City, but still pretty interesting. But I shouldn't be reading a book with a pen in my hand, making corrections. They couldn't afford a copyeditor for a best-selling author? Spelling, grammar, punctuation mistakes galore. On practically every page. And I have to admit, I very often stumbled over the language, which never happened before, indicating that the translation may not have been up to snuff. I don't know who to blame, but I know this. Indridason deserves better.

I hope somebody from the publisher is reading this. They should be ashamed.
43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
"How did you arrive at the conclusion that you are somehow better than other people?" Sept. 15 2009
By Luan Gaines - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Racial tension and immigration loom large in Indridason's Icelandic thriller. The intrepid and cerebral Erlendur Sveinsson returns with his crack, if frustrating detectives Sigurdur Oli and Elinborg, this time to investigate the shocking murder of a ten-year-old immigrant boy, Elias, who was brutally stabbed and left to die on the street. Indridason's work always carries the fascinating combination of Icelandic culture and deliberative police protocol, a mix of crime and the personal details that make Erlendur such a compelling protagonist.

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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Lukewarm Indridason Oct. 19 2009
By A. C. Walaszek - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the weakest of the Indridason novels, with brutally slow pacing and long, drawn-out conversations that could have been heavily edited. The translation is especially tedious and the text is riddled with typographical errors. I have very much enjoyed the other Erlendur mysteries, especially "Silence of the Grave," and I look forward to Indridason's return to form (and a better translation and text).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
New Benchmark Jan. 23 2011
By Doug - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a 35 year fan of foreign and domestic police procedurals, Indridason has moved to THE TOP of my list. If you like Mankell, Steig, Wahloo and Schowall(SP?) find this series. You will be hooked.
Yes there are some misspelling but its ridiculous to let this bother dust on a Rembrant, the genius shines through.