Arctic Chill

Arctic Chill

Book - 2008
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On an icy January day, the Reykjavik police are called to a block of flats where a body has been found in the garden: a young, dark-skinned boy, frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood. The discovery of a stab wound in his stomach extinguishes any hope that this was a tragic accident. Erlendur and his team embark on their investigation with little to go on but the news that the boy's Thai half-brother is missing. Is he implicated, or simply afraid for his own life? The investigation soon unearths tensions simmering beneath the surface of Iceland's outwardly liberal, multicultural society. The boy's murder forces Erlendur to confront a tragedy in his own past. Soon, facts are emerging from the snow-filled darkness that are more chilling even than the Arctic night.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2008.
ISBN: 9780307356826
Characteristics: 344 pages ;,24 cm.


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Apr 11, 2018

In this novel Indridason tackles the prickly subject of racism and immigration in Iceland but also the dreadfully cruel and pitiless behavior of teens who lack role models and proper moral education. This dark thriller is a compelling page turner because the events are somehow linked to the main protagonist ‘s (Inspector Erlendur) lonely and tragic life which intensifies the reader’s interest.

multcolib_susannel Sep 15, 2017

When a eight-year old Thai boy is found fatally stabbed, Inspectior Erlender wonders if it was gang or race related.

Sep 25, 2013

Interesting, cultural, well-written story! It is based in IcelandI recommend it!

franceonisland Jul 26, 2012

Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indridason's crime series introduces readers to flawed characters who tap from their own psychological baggage to solve murders.

In "Arctic Ice," Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson and his team work through bitterly cold weather to crack the case of a Thai schoolboy who's been knifed to death.

Indridason highlights the tensions between Thai immigrants and Icelandic natives who resent these newcomers and their strange ways.

Erlender is trying to determine whether the murder results from racial hatred or family unrest.

I am fascinated by this country, which shows a snapshot of the immigrant tensions many European countries are dealing with.

Jan 09, 2012

This book is number 7 in the Erlandur series and after 7 tries, the author finally has got the right mix of murder investigation and discourses on the private lives of the on-going police characters; both parts are good, the story is suitably complex and the private lives parts of the book are usually just the right length and only occasionally too long; and there’s a lot of Icelandic atmosphere without the book’s being cluttered with endless recitation of street names and other transparent literary devices

Dec 18, 2011

A good whodunnit set in Iceland, which makes this book fascinating in and of itself. I found the aspects that spoke of Icelanders dealing with immigrants enlightening, both from the notion of how one incorporates foreigners into one's culture, but also because these moments in the book provide a greater insight into Iceland culture.
However, I think the translation is rather dull or weak, and probably misses the quality of writing that might be in the original. Oh, to be able to read Icelandic.

Nov 10, 2011

Indridason's novels are good for wiling away an afternoon. Not too much intellectual heavy lifting, but entertaining.

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