Hallgrimur Helgason was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1959. He started out as an artist, showing his work in several galleries of both New York and Paris, where he lived in the late eighties and early nineties. He made his debut as a novelist in 1990 and gained international attention with his third novel, 101 Reykjavik (“Imagine if Henry Miller had written Tropic of Cancer on crack instead of wine.”-Tim Sandlin), which was made into a film starring Victoria Abril. In 2001 Helgason received the Icelandic Literary Prize for The Author of Iceland. He has twice been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize, with 101 Reykjavik in 1999, and Stormland in 2007. A film based on the latter was released in early 2011. The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning is his only novel written in English. It was published in Iceland in 2008, in the author’s own translation, and became a bestseller in Germany in 2010. A father of three, Hallgrimur divides his time between Reykjavik and Hrísey Island.
I read the first chapter and deleted it from my Kindle. This is not even on the scale of pulp fiction...it is somewhere way below that.Published on March 11 2013 by Douglas T. Mccartney
Fast paced beginning. Crediblity stretch at the boot camp born again revival but invested enough in the characters that I was left wanting more at the end.Published on Feb. 8 2013 by Nancy L. Adler
Quirky book, read it on vacation. Great read on the beach. The author has a fabulous imagination. Don't think I will go to Iceland any time soon though.Published on Feb. 1 2013 by Sandra Rae
If you like to laugh while reading this book will do that for you.A very interesting writing style.Unfortunately if you are hoping to glean a few tips on house cleaning,this book... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2013 by Car God