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A pacy, tragic and thrilling murder mystery set in Reykjavik, by the Gold Dagger Award-winning Arnaldur Indridason.

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Arnaldur Indridason worked for many years as a journalist and critic before he began writing novels. His books have since sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Outside Iceland, he is best known for his crime novels featuring Erlendur and Sigurdur li, which are consistent bestsellers across Europe. The series has won numerous awards, including the Nordic Glass Key and the CWA Gold Dagger.

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In Indridason's stellar fifth Reykjavik thriller (after The Draining 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.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

What is it with those Scandinavians? For many years they have been producing crime novels of the most chilling and engrossing nature. However, one man stands out for his sense of highly believable drama, suspense and an almost effortlessly simple, yet captivating delivery. He is Arnaldur Indridason... one of the brightest sparks on the international crime writing circuit **** * Mirror *
An utterly absorbing detective story. In Erlendur - morose, grouchy, but hugely likeable all the same - Indridason has created a character in the Morse/Rebus mould who could stand comparison with either * Scotsman *
Trenchantly written...stripped-down, sinewy prose * Independent *
Indridason is as interested in exploring the personalities and the relationships between them as he is in unravelling the mystery...a rounded, suprerior example of the genre * Sunday Telegraph *
Its humanity and insight make it truly memorable * Sunday Times *

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 Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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