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Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriðason
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Jun 22, 2011

really liked it
Read in June, 2011

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 and loved ones. Here, his need to know sends him into digging about a woman's suicide and privately reopening a couple of missing persons cases from the 1970s. What the hell is his playing at? No crime seems to have occurred, the missing persons have no new developments. Slowly, Erlendur picks away and uncovers lies and a tragedy. Another haunting story from this terrific writer.
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