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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
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2007)
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May 24, 2016 Frances rated it liked it
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
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
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
May 07, 2012 Snotchocheez rated it liked it
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
Oct 19, 2014 Jeanette rated it really liked it
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
Nigel Bird
Feb 08, 2012 Nigel Bird rated it it was amazing
'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
Sep 06, 2012 Kristine Brancolini rated it really liked it
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
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 22, 2011 Ellie rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 12, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
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
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
Oct 02, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Beth by:

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
Jun 02, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it did not like it
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
Jul 03, 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."
PennsyLady (Bev)
Apr 28, 2016 PennsyLady (Bev) rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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detective-Erlendur Sveinsson, iceland, scanda-crime-fiction
Lukasz Pruski
Feb 16, 2015 Lukasz Pruski rated it it was ok
Before I started writing reviews for Goodreads, I had read six books by the Icelandic crime author, Arnaldur Indriðason. Of those six, I would rate "The Draining Lake" very highly, likely with four stars, and "Silence of the Grave" would get a strong, almost four-star rating. Unfortunately, in my view, "Hypothermia" is not a novel of that caliber; it is possible that had I not had a bout of insomnia, I would not have finished it.

The novel weaves three main threads: a woman, who in her youth expe
Apr 16, 2016 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
I am so happy that I discovered Arnaldur Indridason's writing. He is one of the best Nordic writers as he proves in Hypothermia. Inspector Erlendur has spent his entire career struggling to evade the ghosts of his past. He and his brother were caught in a freak snowstorm that killed many British solders out for a hike when the storm hit. Erlendur and his father and brother were also caught in the storm, but his brother was never found. Now, he is called in to try and solve the puzzle of two teen ...more
Julie Mestdagh
Nov 01, 2015 Julie Mestdagh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Onderkoeld" is het derde, en meteen het beste boek dat ik las van Arnaldur Indridason. Opnieuw ontmoeten we de Ijslandse rechercheur Erlendur, die deze keer de hoofdrol helemaal alleen op zich neemt en die niet hoeft te delen met zijn collega's. Het onderzoek dat hij voert gebeurt namelijk volledig in zijn vrije tijd zonder dat zijn collega's er weet van hebben. Erlendur vindt immers geen rust bij het overlijden van Maria, die opgehangen aan een balk in een zomerhuisje werd teruggevonden. Een z ...more
Lisa Hall
Aug 24, 2015 Lisa Hall rated it really liked it
Inspector Erlendur has been called to the scene of a suicide. A wealthy woman has hanged herself. It looks straight forward, but Erlendur becomes intrigued with knowing why, as this case has some uncomfortable parallels with his own life. And once he begins asking questions, what appears to be suicide, starts looking like something else entirely.

One of the psychics the victim went to see, doesn't exist. But the psychic's name happens to be the same as a character played by actress the dead woma
Sep 24, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
Detective Erlandur investigates a suicide of a woman depressed by the recent death of her mother and convinced she will contact her from the grave. The case is an quickly ruled an open and shut suicide but Erlandur has nagging doubts and becomes obsessed with following them up on his own time. At the same time, he investigates the long forgotten cold cases of two young people who disappeared around the same time years ago without a trace. The father of the young man is in ill health and desperat ...more
Jun 22, 2016 Katri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Arnaldurin dekkareista on tainnut tulla itselleni melkein pahe! Laadukkaita kirjoja on kesken, mutta kesäaivot kaipaavat jotain tällaista tuttua ja helppolukuista. Kevyestä nyt ei ehkä voi puhua, kun edellinenkin teos (Talvikaupunki) oli niin lohduton, mutta no, jollain tasolla kevyempää kuitenkin.

Edellisen dekkarin kohdalla taisin mainita, että en osannut yhtään arvata loppuratkaisua, mutta tässä kirjassa arvasin sen jo hyvin varhaisessa vaiheessa. Vähän jotenkin harmittikin kirjan taittaminen
Ahmad Sharabiani
Hypothermia (Inspector Erlendur #8), Arnaldur Indriðason
Toni Osborne
Jan 18, 2010 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 6, in the Reykjavik Murder Mystery series.

This is a fantastic book; its plot is solid, simple with no dramatic and thrilling climaxes, but it is masterfully written giving it depth without any frills. The straightforward writing evokes sentiments while weaving smoothly from one event to another. True to the author's style there is a link between the past and the present with a mix of reality and the supernatural that is gradually blended into the story as we follow a thoughtful, compassion
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
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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
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