A Thriller (Reykjav K Thriller)
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|Format:||Electronic Book Text, 320 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 14 September 2010|
"Indridason fills the void that remains after you've read Stieg Larsson's novels."- USA Today on "Hypothermia"
Inspector Erlunder has spent his entire career struggling to evade the ghosts of his past. But ghosts are visiting him, both in the form of a seance attended by a dead woman and also in the reemerging puzzle of two young people who went missing 30 years ago. And there's the ghost of the detective's disastrous marriage, which, despite the pleas of his drug-addled daughter, he is unwilling to confront. In addition, he's still obsessed with the disappearance of his brother, who vanished without a trace when they were boys.
He can only run from his ghosts for so long, and, when they finally catch up with him, Erlunder is forced to face the heart shattering truth of his past.
One of the most haunting crime novels readers are likely to encounter this year or any other, this mystery set in Iceland belongs on the shelf of every serious reader of suspense fiction. "Hypothermia "will chill you to the bone.
About the Author
Arnaldur Indridason, author of the Reykjavik Thrillers, was born in 1961. He worked at an Icelandic newspaper, first as a journalist and then for many years as a film reviewer. He won the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel for both "Jar City" and "Silence of the Grave," and in 2005 "Silence of the Grave" also won the Crime Writers Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of the year. The film of Jar City (available on DVD) was Iceland's entry for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Indridason lives in Reykjavik with his family.
Icelandic author Indridason's sixth series entry (after The Draining Lake) is a departure from the previous books: Inspector Erlendur unofficially investigates the suicide of a young woman at her summer cottage. Erlendur is determined to re-create her experiences and find out what could have driven her to take her life. At the same time, he reopens the cases of two young people who went missing decades earlier. Because the father of the missing young man is dying, Erlendur hopes to bring him closure before it is too late. Through these investigations Erlendur may be able finally to come to terms with the tragedy in his past. -VERDICT Though not a typical police procedural in which Erlendur solves a crime with his team, this is highly recommended for fans of Indridason's previous mysteries and for lovers of Scandinavian crime fiction. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 4/1/10.]-Jean King, West Hempstead P.L., NY Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
At the start of Indridason's powerful sixth Reykjavik thriller (after Arctic Chill), the body of Maria, a woman ravaged by guilt, is found hanging in her holiday cottage, an apparent suicide. As Erlendur, a police detective who works largely alone because he prizes solitude above all else, doggedly interviews those close to Maria-her husband, her relatives, her friends-in an unofficial effort to understand what might have driven her to take her own life, he unravels an ingenious and sinister plot. Complicating his investigation are the ghosts from his personal and professional past: his failed marriage and his shaky relationships with the son and daughter who grew up without him, as well as unsolved missing-persons cases he still feels morally compelled to pursue. Most scalding of all is his memory of the blizzard that he barely survived as a boy but in which his younger brother perished, the tragic event that shaped Erlendur's later life and lends mythic resonance to Indridason's remarkable novels. (Sept.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Unanimous Acclaim for Arnaldur Indridason and the Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson series
"The best new series I've read this year. Arnaldur Indridason is already an international literary phenom---and it's easy to see why. His novels are gripping, authentic, haunting and lyrical. I can't wait for the next."
- Harlan Coben on "Silence of the Grave
""Arnaldur Indridason is a writer of astonishing gravitas and talent."
- John Lescroart on "Jar"" City
""A commanding new voice . . . puts Iceland on the map as a major destination for enthusiasts of Nordic crime fiction."
- Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review" on "Silence of the Grave
""No wonder Arnaldur Indridason won so many awards. He's a great storyteller, and American readers will overwhelmingly agree."
- C.J. Box, Anthony Award winning author of "Blue Heaven" on "Jar"" City
""Excellent . . . compelling . . . the denouement of this astonishingly vivid and subtle novel is unexpected and immensely satisfying."
- "Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Silence of the Grave
""Classic mystery fiction, both compassionate and thrilling. Indridason is one of the brightest stars in the the genre's dark skies."
- John Connolly on "Jar"" City
""Remarkable . . . another top-notch story from Indridason, its lyrical melancholy matched by the depth of its characterizations."
- "Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) on "Voices
""Reminiscent of Simenon."
- Reginald Hill on "Jar City
""Every one of these writers is good [Hakan Nesser, Kjell Eriksson, Ake Edwardson, Helene Tursten, Karin Fossum], but in my book, Arnaldur Indridason is even better."
- Joe Queenan, "Los Angeles Times
""Dark, haunting . . . touched me in a way that few mystery novels do."
- Hallie Ephron, "The Boston Globe "on" Jar City
""A wonderfully storyteller. It's impossible to put the book down once you begin reading."
- "The Globe and Mail" on "Voi
|Publisher: ||Minotaur Books|