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Reykjavik thriller
New York : Minotaur Books 2009.
1st U.S. ed
Physical Description
344 p.
Main Author
Arnaldur Indriðason, 1961- (-)
Other Authors
Bernard Scudder, 1954-2007 (-), Victoria Cribb
Review by Booklist Reviews

Icelandic detective Erlendur is in charge of investigating the stabbing death of a 10-year-old Icelandic Thai boy, found frozen to the ground behind his apartment building. Even though this investigation takes place almost entirely in the present day, Erlendur cannot escape the past, as his old mentor, Marion Briem, dies, and Erlendur's daughter shows up to pester him about his younger brother, who died many years ago in a blizzard. Perhaps the most upbeat of this determinedly dark series, this episode finds the perpetually depressed and lonely hero on speaking terms with both his adult children and having a go at a steady relationship. Still, the crimes and the overall mood remain extremely bleak, consistent with the previous books in the series. Arctic Chill is most reminiscent of Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series, as Erlendur's investigation focuses, as Wallander's cases often do, on immigrants and racial tensions; in addition, this one puts more emphasis, as Mankell does, on procedural detail rather than thriller elements (Jar City, 2005) or historical investigations (Draining Lake, 2008). Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The latest entry in Indridason's Erlendur series (after The Draining Lake) finds the detective and his team investigating the death of a young boy of Thai/Icelandic descent. His seemingly motiveless murder brings to the forefront an examination of racial tensions in Iceland's outwardly liberal society, particularly within the school system. At the same time, Erlendur continues to investigate the haunting case of a missing woman who likely committed suicide. He also struggles with the death of his former boss and with taking potential steps to reconnect with his estranged children. Although dubbed a thriller, this crime novel is actually more of a police procedural, as it is more leisurely paced with a strong emphasis on its main character's inner turmoil and the detailed interviews of potential suspects and the victim's family. VERDICT For fans of moody Nordic mysteries by writers such as Henning Mankell and ke Edwardson, this is an essential read. The book is also strongly recommended for those who enjoy the more introspective aspects of Colin Dexter's Morse series and works by Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine. [Library marketing campaign; see Prepub Mystery, LJ 5/1/09.]—Julie Elliott, Indiana Univ. Lib., South Bend [Page 56]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Icelandic Gold Dagger winner Indridason entangles Erlendur in his fifth case, as the frozen body of a young boy forces the inspector to face his tragic past. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Indridason's stellar fifth Reykjavik thriller (after TheDraining Lake), police detective Erlendur Sveinsson and his team investigate the murder of a dark-skinned Asian boy, found frozen in his own blood one midwinter day outside a rundown apartment block. The author imbues the self-doubting Erlendur with enormous depth, as an insecure father unable to show his love for his errant son and daughter as well as a troubled professional who's made pain his constant companion. Indridason also lays bare the plight of Thai women brought to Iceland, married and soon divorced by Icelanders, left to raise their children alone in a culture, a climate and a language they don't understand. On top of this national tragedy is the universal problem of bored, unsupervised youth, raised with no respect for authority and awash in fast food, rock music and violent computer games. Indridason has produced a stunning indictment of contemporary society. (Sept.) [Page 31]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The brutal murder of a young boy forces Erlendur of the Reykjavik police force to investigate simmering tensions beneath the surface of Icelandic society and confront a tragedy from his own past.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

INSPECTOR ERLENDUR RETURNS IN THIS ICY, INTENSE REYKJAVIK THRILLEROn an icy January day, the Reykjavik police are called to a block of apartments where a body has been found in the garden: a young, dark-skinned boy is frozen to the ground in a pool of blood. Erlendur and his team embark on their investigation and soon unearth tensions simmering beneath the surface of Iceland's outwardly liberal, multicultural society. Meanwhile, the boy's murder forces Erlendur to confront the tragedy in his own past. Master crime writer Arnaldur Indridason's Arctic Chill renders a vivid portrait of Iceland's brutal, little-known culture wars in a taut, fast-paced police procedural.