Hypothermia (Inspector Erlendur #8)
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Hypothermia (Inspector Erlendur #8)

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“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 ther...more
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2007)
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Cait
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
Jim
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....more
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
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
Snotchocheez
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
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
Ellie
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...more
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
Beth
Oct 02, 2010 Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Beth by: murderblog@yahoo.com

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...more
Lobstergirl
Jun 02, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
Nigel Bird
'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...more
Chris
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...more
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...more
Ellen

Hypothermia: A Thriller (An Inspector Erlendur Series)


5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply serious & Personal, January 18, 2014


This review is from: Hypothermia: A Thriller (An Inspector Erlendur Series)

"Hypothermia" is a book(CD) I came across while searching for an interesting and new mystery. This book/CD has been translated into English.
Inspector Erlunder is a seasoned detective with ghosts from his own past that still haunt him. Those ghosts include his brother who went missing years ago and wa...more
Cindy
It's pretty strange to pick up a series starting with the 8th book, especially one that hangs it's hat so heavily on the main character. I was really surprised, however that Arnaldur does an excellent job initiating the new without alienating the existing fans. (By the way, I'm using the naming conventions that Icelanders themselves would use.)

Erlendur is a somewhat morose and withdrawn criminal detective in Reykjavik, Iceland. He has a talent and fondness for cold cases, however his personal li...more
Karen
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...more
Chris
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
Antonomasia
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...more
Carol
This mystery was just as it should be. A woman commits suicide or did she? The detective must determine if it’s murder or not. The story is revealed a step at a time, a logical progression of deduction and you, the reader, gets to go along on the ride.

Hypothermia was satisfying from start to finish. I haven’t read any of the others in the series but like the character, Detective Erlendur. He’s just flawed and quirky enough to hold my interest. I could grow to really like him as he seems to have...more
J.R.
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...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Love/Hate?: Subtle love
Rating: 5/5
Did you finish?: Couldn't finish fast enough!

One-sentence summary: Icelandic police investigator is nagged by a suicide that doesn't seem right.

Why did you get this book?: Goodreads Giveaway

Do you like the cover?: Eh -- I don't hate it, but it doesn't stick out in my mind.

First line from book: Maria hardly registered what was happening during the funeral.

Review: Apparently this is the 6th book in a series, which I didn't know when I requested this book. (I likel...more
Lisa Sansone
I have nothing against Indriðason. He is a thoughtful writer (more so than most in this genre), and I like his protagonist (a slightly depressed, down-trodden detective) well enough. I will say that I found this particular book a little hard to get through. For one, I'm not particularly interested or caught up in the whole "other world" or "life after death" debate, so slogging through a novel written (thoughtfully) around this issue was a bit of a chore. Also, Indriason's books seem to be less...more
Doug Beatty
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...more
Jim Coughenour
Mar 30, 2010 Jim Coughenour rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Cheryl
Another taciturn repressed, and depressed Scandinavian detective. This one, without the drinking problem but with very serious issues from his past. Erlendur lost (literally) his brother when he was very young himself, and it has haunted him since and affects his daily life and his approach to his cases.
This time Erlandur investigates a suicide that somehow doesn't feel right to him. His investigation is 'off the books' because normally a suicide case is not pursued further. At the same time he...more
Laura Leaney
These Scandinavian/Icelandic police procedurals are a nice relief from my daily life. I like them. I feel fondly toward their melancholic coffee-swilling detectives, and I love the stark landscape.

Indridason captures something of the atmosphere that must haunt Iceland's cities and countrysides. It's eerie. Sometimes I google the visuals on the landscape to confirm my own imagination.

I never expect too much from murder mysteries, and this one was just fine.
Sharon
The first Arnaldur Indridason novel I have read and obviously even though I jumped into the middle of his Reykjavík Murder Mystery series, it didn't seem to matter, I still got the gist of the main characters. A more relaxing read than most of these type of books, and I enjoyed it although I thought the plotline tie-up's were a little too coincidental. I'm just about to start another in the series, "Voices", meanwhile
Hypothermia goes onto my 3.5 star shelf.
Robin
Indridason is, for my money, the best Nordic crime writer. No serial maniacs with ingenious methods of murder, no car chases, no forensics porn. Just the frozen Icelandic settings and the detective Erlandur's lonely obsession with his brother, who was lost in a winter storm. His neverending quest to make sense of this childhood tragedy marks him out, prodding his fixation with finding missing people, making sense of senseless crimes – often to the frustration of his uncomprehending colleagues an...more
Gulen
Eğer (view spoiler) izlemişseniz bu kitapta neler olduğunu anlamanız çok kısa sürüyor, her ikisini de izlemiş bir insan olarak bu sebeple hikayeden çok fazla zevk almadım. Diğer kayıpların hikayesi daha ilginçti (view spoiler).

Sonuç; bu kitapta Erlandur tek çalıştı, Elinborg ve Sigurdur Oli yoktu ve bundan sonraki 2 kitap boyunca da olmayacak.
Touchka
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
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Arnaldur was born in Reykjavík on 28 January 1961, the son of writer Indriði G. Þorsteinsson. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Iceland in 1996. He worked as a journalist for the newspaper Morgunblaðið from 1981 to 1982, and later as a freelance writer. From 1986 to 2001, he was a film critic for Morgunblaðið.

His first book, Synir duftsins (Sons of Dust) came out in 1997...more
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