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Arctic Chill (Inspector Erlendur #7)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  7,353 Ratings  ·  512 Reviews
On an icy January day the Reykjavík 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 n ...more
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published May 4th 2009 by Vintage Digital (first published 2005)
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Oct 14, 2016 Ellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ellie by: Γιάννης Σ
Βρεεε, κάτι ήξερα εγώ που τόσα χρόνια αποφεύγω να διαβάσω Σκανδιναβική λογοτεχνία.
Ειναι εθιστική.
Jan 29, 2010 Lobstergirl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the parasites of lemurs
Erlendur: D
mystery/thriller plotting: D-
writing: F
social commentary: D-
translation: F-

The entire murder mystery is utterly banal, the writing drab and unimaginative. I was going to say that Arnaldur really jumped the shark with this one (and that's just the type of stupid expression he and his translators would love) but I think he already did that with Voices. This is a translation that is oddly, bewilderingly, almost willfully subpar. Some examples:

A family sits down to a meal of "spaghetti wi
Toni Osborne
May 23, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5th book in the series starring detective Erlendur

This crime novel is another winner and surely will become a world wide hit. As usual Indridason writes about controversial topics that are relevant in today's society. This one raised issues of immigration, multiculturalism, racism and poverty.

The story starts when a ten-year-old boy of Thai origin is found dead, frozen to the sidewalk in a Reykjavík suburb in mid-January.
Taking on the challenge are our recurring heroes: Detective Erlendur and hi
Sarah ~
قشعريرة - أرنالدور أندريداسون

أكثر ما أحبه في روايات الإيسلندي أرنالدور أندريداسون
هو السلاسة .. وهذه الرواية لم تختلف عن سابقاتها ..
يقتل طفل من أب آيسلندي وأم تايلندية طعنًا بعد خروجه من المدرسة وتجد الشرطة جثته في العراء .
يبدأ محققنا الشهير ذو الماضي المرير ارلندور القضية بدون فرضيات لكن التمييز ضد المهاجرين ومعاملتهم بعنصرية من قبل البعض وتركيز وسائل الإعلام على أنّ الفتى كان من أصول غير آيسلندية كل هذا يفرض على القضية أن تنحى مناحي أخرى .
بسلاسة كما ذكرت سابقًا نتنقل بين كل من لهم علاقة بالق
Hasan Mohammed
إثرَ سقوط أحد أبناء الجاليات الأجنبية (الجالية التايلندية)، صريعاً مقتولاً سابحاً في بركةٍ من دمه الذي نزفه، يهرع المحققّون لكشف ملابسات القضية للوقوف على الفاعل وخلفيات الجريمة.

باعتقادي، أراد الكاتب أن أن يُسلّط الضوء على أوضاع الجاليات الأجنبية في أيسلندا، والذين يُسمّونهم بـ (المهاجرين). لكن، بدا لي بأنه (الكاتب) كمن يسير في حقل ألغام، لا يدري متى يخطو خطوةً واحدة تكلِّفه حياته، فهو يشير إلى أوضاع (المهاجرين) بإشارات هامشية وقليلة جداً، ربما لحساسية الموضوع لِما له من صِلة بإثارة التمييز العِ
Sep 28, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, scandinavian
There are some authors who are on my buy immediately list. Some of these books I can happily hoard - waiting until just the right moment to sit and enjoy them. And there are the ones that are buy and read immediately. ARCTIC CHILL has definitely been one of those books. As soon as it arrived in the house it danced around before my eyes until I could finish what I was reading and start this one.

And you know when you've picked up a fabulous book because you find yourself sitting in the car, readin
Jun 14, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, iceland
After my doubts about The Draining Lake, it is good to see Arnaldur Indriðason concentrate on present-day Iceland, rather than an imagined East Germany in the 1960s. Like many European countries, Iceland has opened its borders to immigration, with some of the usual adverse results.

Arctic Chill opens with the discovery of the corpse of a ten-year-old schoolboy who has been stabbed in the stomach and left to die in the wintry streets of Reykjavik. The boy is the son of a Thai immigrant mother, wh
With the Iceland Noir conference coming up in November, now seemed as good a time as any to read another Erlendur novel, the first I've picked up since Voices, maybe six years ago. I wasn't overwhelmed by Voices, I will admit, but I really liked Erlendur as a detective, so such a long pause in the series does feel a bit strange to me. And for reasons I really can't remember, if I had them in the first place, I skipped over the next title in the series, The Draining Lake and went for this one ins ...more
Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason is the seventh book in a favorite series of mine. I love the locale-Iceland and I love the detectives, especially the lead detective, a withdrawn, introverted, anguished (of course) man named Erlendur, an alienated lone. Erlendur is estranged from his children whom he left 20 years earlier when he left a poisonous marriage. His daughter has become a drug addict with periodic lapses into sobriety. His son followed the same road but cleaned up. Both appear in th ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-nordic
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Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason.

This is my 10th book in the Inspector Erlendur series and hoping it never ends.

A young Thai boy is found stabbed to death in the gardens by his family's apartment. Inspector Erlendur interviews members of his family regarding the child's friends and classmates. One indication of any problems surfaces within his school. A teacher appears to hold strong prejudices against immigrants coming into Iceland from Thailand. His prejudice opinions have spilled out in h
Νίκος Μ
Feb 27, 2016 Νίκος Μ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Κατώτερο απ'τα προηγούμενα,χωρίς αυτό να σημαίνει ότι δεν αξίζει να διαβαστεί.Περίμενα να έχει λίγη δράση,αγωνία,σασπένς ή ανατρεπτικό τέλος..Τίποτα τελικά.Κι αυτό το βιβλίο του Ιντρίντασον είναι περισσότερο κοινωνικό παρά αστυνομικό,το θέμα του είναι επίκαιρο λόγω της μετανάστευσης και του ρατσισμού που βιώνουν η θα βιώσουν οι άνθρωποι που θα φύγουν για μια καλύτερη ζωή
'ð'is a 'th' sound, much the same a dd in Welsh!

5* Jar City
3* Hypothermia
CR Arctic Chill
Μακρινή Ισλανδία, μετανάστες και ρατσισμός σε μια μικρή χώρα που έμαθε για χρόνια να ζει μόνη της με τους πάγους της.
Ο επιθεωρητής Έρλεντουρ καλείται να διαλευκάνει το φόνο ενός μαθητή, από Ισλανδό πατέρα και ασιάτισσα μητέρα.
Ο συγγραφέας επιχειρεί να κάνει κοινωνική κριτική στην ισλανδική καθημερινότητα και τις ραγδαίες αλλαγές που επιφέρει η παγκοσμιοποίηση και η μετακίνηση πληθυσμών. Ταυτόχρονα σκιαγραφείται με περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες ο χαρακτήρας του επιθεωρητή, με έμφαση στο τραυματικό π
Feb 01, 2014 Mishehu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dateline February 5, 2014: Arctic Chill receives coveted "Slushee" for "WORST...SCANDINAVIAN...CRIME...NOVEL...EVER". Author A. Indridason noted for standout performance in "mediocrity of writing", "absurdity of story arc", "weakness of character development", "ignorance of police procedure", and "padding" categories. Arctic Chill is so quintessentially lame a book, no review could begin to do it justice. Any criticisms I might toss would merely be pebbles skimming the surface of this book's oce ...more
Feb 23, 2010 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would read any book by Arnaldur Indridason. In Arctic Chill there are simultaneous mysteries to solve. The worst case described is that of the murder of a young boy. There is also a missing wife and a hiding-in-plain-sight possible pedophile.

The thing that I love about Indridason's books though is not just the interesting plots but the continuing characters. This is the latest installment of the Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson series. Erlendur is a complex man and his team members, Sigurdur Oli
Aug 19, 2013 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Icelandic mystery I have read. Impressed. Could feel the cold. Well written. Author certainly does not gloss over some of Iceland's citizen's attitudes towards immigrants. Not to say other cultures do not harbor same. Seems that Nordic authors are more open to the discussion of the changing culture mix of their countries.
Jan 26, 2016 Sofia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jag läste den här till ett arbete i skolan. Den var okej, lite händelselös för att vara en deckare. Den hade dock en tvist på slutet som jag tyckte om och jag gillade sättet saker beskrevs på. Men den hade lite för lite spänning för att vara en deckare.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Arctic Chill (Inspector Erlendur #7), Arnaldur Indriðason
Another Scandinavian thriller that I went into without having read any of the other books in the series, and I feel okay about that. It's strange, really, because normally I'm all "Must. Read. In. Order." It's like it's a brand new year, brand new me or something.

Not being familiar with Arnaldur Indriðason or his investigator, Erlendur, I didn't know what to expect. I mean, it takes place in Iceland, but what do we really know about Iceland? It's like this strange, mystical, fairy-tale of a coun
I'm being generous in giving this book three stars. Two-and-a-half would probably be closer to the mark.

I think much of my problem with the book lay with its translation which seemed particularly ungainly and clumsy. So, I guess I'm giving the book the benefit of a doubt in thinking that I might have liked it better if I could have read it in the original Icelandic.

I don't think I would have liked Inspector Erlendur any better though. Really, every time I begin to warm up to the man, he does som
Aug 18, 2010 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in the Goodreads giveaway.
A young, Asian boy is found stabbed to death near his home and Reykjavik police detective Erlender investigates. He and his team then unearth tensions simmering underneath the surface of Iceland's multicultural society. There is also a tragedy in Erlendur's past that he supposedly is forced to confront now.
Since this was the first book I have read by the author, I had no schema concerning the main character, Erlendur. And since the author did really n
Tanuj Solanki
The Indriðason pattern repeats - Erlendur tries to parse the emotions behind the crime while his subordinates, Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli, do the tedious crime-solving. In this instance, though, we see Erlendur imposing his own baggage a bit too much: his fascination with missing persons cases is so strong that he seems to be complicating things more than necessary.

The atmosphere - an arctic winter, here - is never as potent as you want it to be in an Indriðason novel. This, I believe, has somet
Dec 02, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best Indridason to date. In this book, he has has turned away from his usual dismal stories of the detective's dysfunctional offspring and spent more time describing social conditions in Iceland nowadays. That's one of the great functions of novels, including detective stories like this one, written in, and set in, other countries. The characters interact in a given social setting and can comment on it. Iceland, like many other countries, has immigrants who are sufficiently distincti ...more
Elan Durham
Mar 27, 2015 Elan Durham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Erlendur, Arnaldur Indriðason's Chief Inspector Detective ferrets out, through his own relentless techniques, the secrets of a long-buried mystery in a small Icelandic community, and the solution to a private mystery: what happened to his dear younger brother decades before when a sudden blizzard hit the moors of Iceland ... taking him away from his family forever.

Arctic Chill is written in a contemplative way - reflective of a mind long accustomed to piecing together puzzling landscapes, almost
Catherine Woodman
I like this author, but this is not my favorite installment in the series--the main theme is mail-order brides from SE Asia, and the plight of this in ICelandic society--the fact that the women do not speak Icelandic and may never speak it all that well, that it is a culture that is very worried about maintaining it's uniqueness despite the relatively low numbers, and how this plays into their brand of racism. The murder victim is of mixed race, and the police go through a number of permutations ...more
Lourdes Venard
The fifth in the Erlendur series to be translated into English, this book opens with the murder of a young Thai boy – stabbed and left to die in the snow. His half-brother, meanwhile, is missing. A straight police procedural, the novel delves into anti-immigrant feelings in Iceland. Indridason also introduces another case into the novel: a missing woman, newly married. And the boy’s death also unveils part of Erlendur’s past: as a boy, he and brother were stuck in his blizzard. While Erlendur wa ...more
Not my favorite book of the series, but interesting nonetheless. This book dealt with the problems some immigrants, specifically Southeast Asian ones, have in adapting to Iceland. Meaning no disrespect to the Icelandic people themselves, I just can't imagine immigrating to a country that is so cold and dark in the winter. It must be even more difficult for someone from Southeast Asia to adapt. But back to the story. A young boy of Icelandic/Thai heritage is found stabbed to death outside an apar ...more
Oct 28, 2009 Seana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Indridason. The subject of this one was particularly interesting, as it involved something I don't regularly think about in relation to Iceland--immigration. But of course Iceland has the same guest worker culture that all affluent countries have. In this case the interface between Thai and Icelandic cultures becomes the focus of a murder investigation.

Actually, I mispeak a bit--it's another aspect of "international relations" that brings these two communities together--the pheno
Tanja Berg
Well, that was that. It's more a 2.5* star rating than 3*. Many parts of the book were long winded and of little interest. The was too much about inspector Erlend's lost brother, without anything new entering the picture. I can't imagine what it must be like to lose a family member and never find the remains and I don't particularly enjoy having to consider it.

The story itself is otherwise mostly about the murder of a young thai school boy, Elias. The motive is elusive, but could be racist. Ther
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Arnaldur Indridason (b.1961) has the rare distinction of having won the Nordic Crime Novel Prize two years running. He is also the winner of the highly respected and world famous CWA Gold Dagger Award for the top crime novel of the year in the English language, Silence of the Grave.
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