In this new extraordinary thriller from Gold Dagger Award winner Arnaldur Indridason, the Reykjavik police are called on an icy January day to a garden where a body has been found: a young, dark-skinned boy is frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood. Erlendur and his team embark on their investigation and soon unearth tensions simmering beneath the surface of Icelands outwardly liberal, multicultural society. Meanwhile, the boys murder forces Erlendur to confront the tragedy in his own past. Soon, facts are emerging from the snow-filled darkness that are more chilling even than the Arctic night.
Arctic Chill is unique among Idridason's Erlendur books: the previous four all revolve mostly around crimes connected to the past. This one combines the best aspects of Indridason's earlier books with a new and compelling awareness of Iceland now. (Reviewed by Joanne Collings).
The New York Times
With its sad story about lost boys and its mournful theme of the indifference of the living to those who walk out of their lives, Arctiv Chill may well be the most thoroughly depressing of all the gloomy police procedurals coming out of those cold lands near the Arctic Circle. But since the storyteller is Arnaldur Indridason, this Icelandic tale is delivered with exquisite sensitivity...
For fans of moody Nordic mysteries by writers such as Henning Mankell and Ake Edwardson, this is an essential read.
Starred Review. [A] stellar fifth Reykjavik thriller...Indridason has produced a stunning indictment of contemporary society.
Starred Review. A beautifully layered mystery notable for its breadth and depth. Indridason and his hero steadily improve with age.
The Times - Joan Smith
This is not an easy read, but its humanity and insight make it truly memorable.
The Independent - Emma Hagestadt
Inter-racial tensions are nothing compared to the inter-office friction between Erlendur and stony sidekick, Sigurdur Oli, in this highly believable mystery, seamlessly translated by the late Bernard Scudder and Victoria Cribb.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by BettySunshine Arctic Chill Even though there is little "action" in the story and it was a bit slow moving, the writing is superb and kept me intrigued. The author uses conversation amazingly well in the book. It just kept pulling me in especially with the two... Read More
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