"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 séance 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.
At the start of Indridason's powerful sixth Reykjav k thriller (after Arctic Chill), the body of Mar a, 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 Mar a 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.
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Very good book. It has both a captivating narrative and a good ghost story.
Silence of the grave
Well written, page turner. Interesting characters. The writer could have wrote more about the background of David and the young girl who drowned in the car. They seemed to be more interesting characters. Anyway I recommend this book..
Since the recent death of my all-time favorite crime writer, Elmore Leonard, i've been at a loss as to who will ever replace him. Probably no one. But I do have another favorite in this Icelandic writer. Their styles couldn't be more different--very high energy, crazy character and crazy humor in the case of Leonard and very low key characters and setting here.
The Icelandic detective is a wonderful stand alone character, and I didn't miss his nearly absent colleagues here. This story starts a little slowly but becomes powerful story telling. Iceland itself is a great character.