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Hypothermia (Inspector Erlendur #8)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  6,437 Ratings  ·  569 Reviews
One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam at her holiday cottage. At first sight, it appears like a straightforward case of suicide; María had never recovered from the death of her mother two years previously and she had a history of depression. But then the friend who found her body approaches Detective Erlendur with a tape of a séance that María attende ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published October 7th 2010 by Vintage (first published 2007)
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Police Detective Erlendur arrived at a cottage by Lake Thingvallavatn after a frantic call to the emergency line for help from a woman identifying herself as Karen. She had arranged to rent the cottage for the weekend from her close friend Maria, who was now swinging from the beams by a cord in the living-room quite dead. Ruled a suicide as there was no doubt from the crime scene that Maria had taken her own life, Erlendur senses something is amiss. With time on his hands he visits many of her f ...more
Cait Poytress
I am one of only 10 or so people - worldwide, it seems - who thought The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sucked. I'm ok with that. The world would be a boringplaceifwealllikedthesameblah blah blah. But it did make me wonder, am I somehow missing the chromosome that is responsible for enjoyment of Scandinavian and Nordic crime fiction? Because people love this book. I entered the Good Reads giveaway for a copy of Hypothermia with the intent of answering that question. Plus, the description sounded pr ...more
Aug 05, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, iceland
If I were Detective Erlendur Sveinsson's superior in the Reykjavik CID, I would have long ago had him fired. Here he spends 98% of Hypothermia nosing about a case of suicide when even he was convinced that it wasn't murder. Erlendur got obsessed, as he was wont to do, because the young woman who hanged herself was so vitally interested in finding out whether there was a life after death.

Arnaldur Indriðason is probably my favorite living mystery novel, and Hypothermia is one of his best novels.
Nancy Oakes
There's a subtle elegance to this particular story, considering it's a novel of crime fiction. There are no raging maniacs with axes hanging about, no serial killers, and no serious threats to the people of Reykjavik. In fact, there seems to be a lull in crime as this story opens, and Erlendur has some time to go back to some very cold cases. While pondering the ones that got away unanswered, he becomes involved with a new case, that of a woman who was found hanging in her vacation home. There a ...more
Linda Prieskorn
Aug 28, 2013 Linda Prieskorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have said several times " I am not a mystery fan". As I sit devouring this Icelandic series like it was a plate of Oreo cookies I've had to reflect on that statement. As I was growing up I was hooked on Nancy Drew, later it was Kay Scarpetta, Stephanie Plum and then Carl Hiaasen. What I have learned is I like a mystery that is a puzzle, not gory crime scene that leaves me terrified for weeks. I like a lead character who shares their personnel life, and I like a plot that teaches of enlightens ...more
Ubik 2.0

Poiché in vita mia ne ho letti fin troppi, i romanzi polizieschi che ancora mi attraggono sono soprattutto quelli che si presentano con un approccio obliquo, indiretto, lontano dai ripetitivi cliché del genere.

Questo requisito è presente almeno per buona parte di “Un caso archiviato”: manca infatti una vera e propria indagine sostituita da ciò che sembra piuttosto il frutto della curiosità ostinata dell’investigatore Erlendur nei confronti delle “coincidenze”, ci sono personaggi sfugg
The good news: Arnaldur Indridason's contribution to the "Nordic Crime Fiction" genre, Hypothermia, mercifully free of the out-of-check misogyny and torture porn that threatens to derail Stieg Larsson's "The Girl..." series (and to a lesser degree, Jo Nesbø's works), provides a very original premise and some very creepy machinations that pack quite a wallop, particularly at the end. It involves an Icelandic inspector (named Erlendur) and his sinuous investigation of a woman's suicide-by-hanging. ...more
Jim Coughenour
Mar 30, 2010 Jim Coughenour rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Scandinavian crime novels
As I was reading Indriðason's latest Erlendur novel, with its multiple mysteries and improbable concatenation of coincidences, I asked myself what I'd think of this plot if it had been written by a Californian and set in & around San Francisco. The answer is: probably not much. True, I relish the sad-sack personality of the detective, if only because he reminds me of myself in certain moods. And the crimes are convoluted enough to make me stay around for their resolution. But what really giv ...more
Wow... this book is a gem. I've read six Erlendur stories by now and so far my favorite is The Draining Lake storywise. However this one takes the prize for the best dialogues and duels of words (with special mention for: Erlendur vs Halldora and Erlendur vs Baldvin). It is so gripping, that for two days my world was revolving around this book and I finished in tears. The story takes you to dark (and cold!) places, talks about broken homes, the need of forgiveness and - as in every other book in ...more
Nigel Bird
Feb 08, 2012 Nigel Bird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Hypothermia' is well named. There’s something chilling about the investigations of Detective Erlendur that runs from the first page right through to the end.

This book was my introduction to Erlendur, and I found him to be rather engaging. To try and post reference points to the uninitiated, I feel that he combines elements of Maigret and Columbo; the thoughtful country-boy working tirelessly and skilfully in the big city combined with a terrier-like erosion of the people involved. Throw in the
Kristine Brancolini
Hypothermia unfolds with the classic Indridason pace and solemnity. Inspector Erlendur explores issues of life after death, as he "investigates" -- not there's anything to investigate -- an obvious suicide and the disappearance of two unrleated young people thirty years ago. Erlendur has become something of a "cold case" expert on missing persons. I was surprised to learn a couple of books ago that disappearances are somewhat common in Iceland and of course, Erlendur's own 8-year-old brother van ...more
Oct 19, 2014 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our sad sack Erlendur is approaching some answers to several long cold case missing persons at the same time as giving himself full context to a current suicide. He has little attachment to the police authorities in this one and there is deep slow contemplation on his childhood blizzard tragedy, as well.

Eva was not in a screaming mode, so this one was far more enjoyable to plot and Erlendur self-discovery thread, for me. As slow as it was, I was never bored or put out with 10 straight pages of E
Thom Dunn
This is it. This sixth in the Erlendur series of Arnaldur Indridason's Icelandic crime novels. This is the case that brings it all home to Erlendur, that glum, sad, dogged, somehow lovable gentleman police detective. His partners don't figure much in the story, but his daughter does, finally. Figure in the story, and in Erlendur's life. The word "Thriller" used mistakenly to advertise on the cover of each book in the series might lead some purchasers to be disappointed, but for those readers who ...more
Oct 02, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The atmosphere of HYPOTHERMIA is cold. The weather is cold and so are many of the characters, cold to the needs and the fears of those who trust them.

Maria is devastated by her mother’s death. Leonora had been dying for two years, slowly being consumed by cancer. Maria is married to Baldvin, a doctor, but it is the relationship with her mother that has determined her life. Since her father’s death when Maria was ten, Leonora has protected her daughter from all danger and over-protected so that M
Nov 08, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Less of a review - closer to a drool, HYPOTHERMIA is the latest in one of my all time favourite series of books from Icelandic author Arnauldur Indridason. If you've not read any of the earlier books, coming to HYPOTHERMIA from the start could still work, but part of what is really wonderful about this series is the slow unfolding of the backstory of the central detective Erlendur.

Erlendur is very much of the "rumpled / crumpled" detective genre - somebody who life has dealt some complicated ha
Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriðason is number 8 in Indridason's Erlendur Sveinsson series. Erlendur is another in the Nordic line of tortured detectives whose work is driven by their painful histories. To be clear, I love these detectives. Especially Erlendur.

In Hypothermia, Erlendur is called to the scene of a suicide (one of my favorite lines in this & maybe any book is when Erlendur's colleague says to him, "I thought you were only interested in missing person cases." and Erlendur respond
Dec 27, 2011 Antonomasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic, 2011, crime, iceland
If you're looking for an action-packed thriller, this isn't it. It's a slow and steady piecing together of a woman's life and death as Erlendur gradually talks to various people who knew her. He also digs around in a couple of old missing person cases and muses on old family issues - the disappearance of his brother when they were both children, and at the behest of his adult daughter, his failed marriage to her mother.

The book was a bit spooky, as the dead woman Maria believed in ghosts, but t
Jan 12, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-iceland
I've read all in this series and this one stands out. The solitary Erlendur is on a personal quest outside the scope of his official duties. His usual sidekicks make fleeting appearances. He seeks answers on decades old cold cases of two missing persons while also making discrete inquiries on a cut and dry suicide case. He had reluctantly taken up the suicide case after listening to a tape of the deceased at a seance and his quest quickly escalates into a crusade. At the same time his personal l ...more
Jun 02, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Huma Abedin
Indridason is the poor man's Henning Mankell. Right down to Erlendur Sveinsson's (Wallander-lite) unhappy marriage, unhappy divorce, and troubled daughter (Indridason gets creative and adds a son too). They both write banal, choppy sentences. Mankell's books are longer and better. Indridason's books have bigger typeface and more idiotic plots. This one features a woman who is willing to very nearly commit suicide because she needs to know if there's life after death. She's quite religious, churc ...more
Ruth Papacek
Aug 29, 2016 Ruth Papacek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, read-2016
Mein erster isländischer Krimi, aber sicher nicht der letzte. Besonders wegen des spröden, eigenbrötlerischen Ermittlers und seiner inhärenten Tragik. Faszinierend und deprimierend zugleich. Sehr melancholisch. Ganz à la Büchner: "Der Mensch ist ein Abgrund. Es schwindelt einem, wenn man hinab sieht."
Ahmad Sharabiani
Hypothermia (Inspector Erlendur #8), Arnaldur Indriðason
PennsyLady (Bev)
Apr 28, 2016 PennsyLady (Bev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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detective-Erlendur Sveinsson, iceland, scanda-crime-fiction
Dimitris Passas
Jan 11, 2017 Dimitris Passas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Είναι σίγουρα το καλύτερο από τα μόλις τρία βιβλία του Arnaldur Indridason που έχω διαβάσει μέχρι στιγμής. Τα δύο προηγούμενα ( ''Jar City''- ή αλλιώς ''Myrin''- και ''Silence of the Grave''), αν και μου άρεσαν πολύ, τα βρήκα εξαιρετικά μελαγχολικά και μου προκάλεσαν ψυχοπλάκωμα, ιδιαίτερα το ''Silence of the Grave''. To ''Hypothermia'' όμως διαφέρει σε αρκετά μεγάλο βαθμό σε σχέση με τα 2 προαναφερθέντα βιβλία του Indridason, τοσο ως πρός το ύφος όσο και στον ρυθμό της αφήγησης. Εδώ έχουμε μια ...more
Mar 19, 2011 harryknuckles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hypothermia ~ Arnaldur Indridason
Arnaldur Indridason is a writer who eschews melodrama, keeps his cast of characters concise and tightly drawn and suffuses all of his writing with a slightly doleful understatement. Like Karin Fossum, he has a real sense of compassion for quite lives lived unexceptionally but ended tragically. His psychological insight and his willingness to work without the safety net of big plot, big action or supporting cast of big characters, but instead keeping the reader gl
Nov 10, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-nordic
Full disclosure: I won this via Firstreads giveaway. I haven't read much Icelandic literature except for the odd short story.

One of the really good things about Goodreads and the giveaway program is that you are exposed to wrkt hat you wouldn't otherwise read or, at the very least, exposes you to such work faster. This is yet another case of Goodreads fulfilling that function one.

Hypothermia is one of those books where the author trusts the reader. Any person who has seen at least two films (one
Ingrid Verschelling
Apr 11, 2013 Ingrid Verschelling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, scandie, thriller
In Þingvellir wordt in een zomerhuis het lichaam gevonden van Maria door een vriendin Karen. Zij zou het huisje huren voor het weekend en vindt Maria hangend aan de balken. De politie gaat uit van zelfmoord. Karen vertrouwt het eigenlijk niet, want ze had pas nog geïnformeerd naar een kapper. Dan ga je toch geen zelfmoord plegen? Karen neemt contact op met Erlendur en laat hem een cassettebandje horen met een gesprek van Maria met een medium. Maria was heel erg geïnteresseerd in een leven na de ...more
Jul 27, 2010 J.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
A routine (and largely unofficial) investigation of a suicide leads a relentless detective closer to resolution of a tragedy in his own life.

A young woman, disconsolate over the cancer death of her mother and equally obsessed by the drowning of her father when she was a child, has apparently hanged herself at a summer cottage. It appears a clear case of suicide.

The case wasn’t even Erlendur’s. His initial involvement was to notify the victim’s husband, who lived in the inspector’s district. The
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I absolutely loved this book
This mystery is full of ghosts, ghosts from the past as well as the recently deceased. In this mystery we learn much more about Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson of Reykjavik, we also learn about Iceland and the approach to life of the people there. The sad and introverted ... and also insightful... inspector works on his own in an unofficial capacity, curious about the suicide of a woman at her holiday cottage. As a child, Maria, saw her father drown in the icy lake near
Doug Beatty
Oct 07, 2010 Doug Beatty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Arnaldur Indrisaon has done it again.

Hypothermia follows his flawed detective Erlendur through another investigation, but this time, the crime (or possible suicide) is not clear cut, and he is not authorized to continue the investigation. A woman named Maria has hanged herself in a family home at the edge of a lake, and the evidence is clear that it was a suicide, but when her friend Karen comes to Erlendur with questions, he begins to dig a little deeper into Maria's life. What is Maria's fasc
Mal Warwick
Here’s an author — from Iceland, no less — who has sold more than five million copies of his thrillers and won several prizes along the way. So, sucker that I am for mysteries written in or about exotic times and places, I made a beeline for Hypothermia. After all, the crime novel maven at the New York Times had recommended it.

Unfortunately, this novel — literally subtitled “A Thriller,” like most of Indridason’s previous books — isn’t especially thrilling. I persisted to the end more out of mil
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