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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Picador USA; Reprint edition (Aug. 31 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312655304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312655303
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #411,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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128 of 140 people found the following review helpful
Reservations Oct. 5 2009
By L. Bullock - Published on Amazon.com
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.
52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy Dec 6 2009
By Amelia Rosner - Published on Amazon.com
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.
44 of 51 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 Amazon.com
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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Lukewarm Indridason Oct. 19 2009
By A. C. Walaszek - Published on Amazon.com
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).
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
"Why, Elias?" "Because he was there ..." Sept. 26 2009
By doc peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Arnuldur Indridasons' 5th mystery tackles the ugly issue of race, as a 10 year-old Thai immigrant is found murdered near his school. As Erlendur, Sigurdur Oli and Elinborg seek to find witnesses and discover a motive for the crime, ugly truths about Iceland (and, I would venture, about Europe's attitudes towards foreign immigration in general) are revealed. Indridason reminds us repeatedly in his stories that Iceland is a small island. It is also tremendously homogenous. (Other than Japan, I can't think of a more homogenous place.) Immigrants, therefore are not always welcome - an all too familiar theme for us Americans, but an issue rarely addressed in Europe. To expose this ugliness in such a raw and unvarnished fashion and to address this uncomfortable truth takes tremendous courage on the author's part. I am impressed.

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.