Hardcover è Hypothermia eBook Þ

Hardcover è Hypothermia eBook Þ


Hypothermia ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Hypothermia By Arnaldur Indriðason ✸ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Indridason fills the void that remains after you ve read Stieg Larsson s novels USA Today on HypothermiaInspector Erlunder has spent his entire career struggling to evade the ghosts of his past But gh Indridason fills the void that remains after you ve read Stieg Larsson s novels USA Today on HypothermiaInspector 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 s ance attended by a dead woman and also in the reemerging puzzle of two young people who went missingyears ago And there s the ghost of the detective s disastrous marriage, which, despite the pleas of his drug addled daughter, he is unwilling to confront In addition, he s still obsessed with the disappearance of his brother, who vanished without a trace when they were boysHe can only run from his ghosts for so long, and, when they finally catch up with him, Erlunder is forced to face the heart shattering truth of his pastOne of the most haunting crime novels readers are likely to encounter this year or any other, this is classic story that belongs on the shelf of every serious reader of suspense fiction Hypothermia will chill you to the bone.

    Hardcover è Hypothermia eBook Þ finally catch up with him, Erlunder is forced to face the heart shattering truth of his pastOne of the most haunting crime novels readers are likely to encounter this year or any other, this is classic story that belongs on the shelf of every serious reader of suspense fiction Hypothermia will chill you to the bone."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 314 pages
  • Hypothermia
  • Arnaldur Indriðason
  • English
  • 23 July 2017
  • 0312569912

About the Author: Arnaldur Indriðason

Arnaldur Indri ason 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 Arnaldur s novels have sold over million copies worldwide, in languages, and have won numerous well respected prizes and received rave reviews all over the world.



10 thoughts on “Hypothermia

  1. Frances Frances says:

    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 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 friends and soon discovers Maria was obsessed with the afterlife, the loss of her father, and quite recently her mother Hypothermia is an easy read without any violence as Detective Erlendur eventually ties it all together rather neatly Several things were quite interesting in this book, but other areas could have been elaborated on a bitArnaldur Indri ason has received the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award for his Reykjavik Murder Mystery series and perhaps the first book would be a good place to start

  2. Jim Jim says:

    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 Indri ason is probably my favorite living mystery novel, and Hypothermia is one of his best novels 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 Indri ason is probably my favorite living mystery novel, and Hypothermia is one of his best novels There is a very clever theme of literally and figuratively freezing to death figuratively, in his relationship with his ex wife Halldora, who loved him, only to find it was not reciprocated by the detective and literally in the death of the suicide s father, the suicide herself, and of a young couple who drove off the road to their deaths in a frozen lake north of Reykjavik And most significant of all, years back, as a 10 year old boy, he accidentally let go of his brother Bergur s hand in the middle of a fierce blizzard in the Eastfjords Erlendur was found Bergur disappeared as if from the face of the eart and has haunted the detective all his life At the end, he takes time off to go to the Eastfjords and look for his long lost brother, or at least to confront himself in the shadow of Mount Hardskafi where it is suspected Bergur was driven by the blizzrd.I feel a bit of a chill as I write these words, having just finished another fine novel by the Icelander

  3. Cait Poytress Cait Poytress says:

    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 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 pretty cool Guess what Arnaldur came through This book is actually the 8th in a series, but I didn t feel out of the loop by having not read the previous books some of which I don t think are translated to english yet The central mystery of this story is interesting the victim is a suicide Inspector Erlendur embarks on an unofficial investigation in the hopes of understanding just what drove this woman to such an end Erlendur himself has a back story that s just as compelling, if notI used to read a lot of crime fiction when I was younger Not the hardboiled variety,the CSI Law Order kind I attribute that to the dream I had of one day becoming a criminal profiler for the FBI until I realized I was to chickenshit to become a cop John E Douglas is still one of my personal heroes My aspirations have since turned to medicine primarily pathology but it all boils down to the same interests I like the puzzle The helping people part is cool and all, and a really great bonus, but the assembling of clues and seemingly random bits of information into one coherent story is what really pumps my nads Arnaldur does this well in Hypothermia Even when I knew where all of the puzzle pieces would go and I fully believe it was not due to my stellar deductive reasoning, but because it was Arnaldur s intention all along I was still just as interested in seeing them fall into place I think what I liked most, though, was the atmosphere Arnuldur evoked If I had synesthesia, I would probably describe this book as gray I began to gravitate away from genre fiction years ago , but books like this remind me of how moronic it is to disregard entire classes of books rather than judge them individually on their own merit Arnaldur has not only induced me to readof his work, but he has also managed to renew my desire to read some of the other similar books on my shelves Faceless Killers, Echoes from the Dead, The Unit, to name a few So yeah, regarding Stieg Larsson I guess I m just weird like that Embarrassing confession I remember the moment this gravitation began I was at the library in 1999, looking for a Patricia Cornwell book shut up when, due to the alphabetical vicinity, I came across Douglas Coupland s Girlfriend in a Coma The rest is history

  4. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    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 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 are no signs to indicate anything other than suicide, but her friend Karen isn t so sure Karen brings Erlendur a cassette tape of the dead woman s previous session with a medium and gets his attention Working on his own, with no official police involvement, Erlendur works to find out why this woman took her own life In a brief phone chat with Sigurdur Oli, when Erlendur notes that he wants to know why she committed suicide, Erlendur explains why Sigurdur Oli asks What s it to you Nothing, Erlendur said Absolutely nothing I thought you were only interested in missing person cases Suicide is a missing person case too, Erlendur said and hung up on him Given Erlendur s background with the brother who was lost in a blinding snowstorm, his interest in the lost is no surprise And it s no surprise that he identifies with the ones left behind, for example, the grieving father who has checked in with Erlendur every year since his son vanished For this man, time is running out because he s dying, and Erlendur wants him to go with answers There s another missing persons case Erlendur goes back to as well that of a young woman who vanished one day, car and all But it s the suicide that takes most of his time, as he gets into the head of the dead woman, just trying to figure out why.Hypothermia is an excellent novel, and will give you pause to consider the nature of grieving and loss as you follow Erlendur throughout Probablythan any of the previous novels in the series, place is itself a character, especially the cold and lonely lakes of Iceland I loved this book and cannot recommend it highly enough fyi do NOT expect major action in this novel

  5. Snotchocheez Snotchocheez says:

    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 Nesb 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 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 Nesb 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 The did she or didn t she kill herself question is central to the plot, and the lengths that the inspector must go to to find the answers including re examining a couple of 30 year old missing persons cases that on the surface bear no relevance whatsoever to the suicide are components of a very eerie and suspenseful thriller.And the bad news having to endure some really creaky segues, super convoluted leaps of logic, and countless Icelandic travelogue descriptions like the paragraph below I culled at random from page 229 They began with a small circuit of the city He had studied detailed maps of Reykjavik and its vicinity, and was surprised at the vast number of lakes that were to be found in a relatively small area They were almost uncountable He and Eva Lind started at Lake Ellidavatn where a new suburb had sprung up, then did a circuit of Raudavatn on a decent road, before continuing to Reynisvatn which had now disappeared behind the new suburb of Grafarholt From there they drove past Langavatn and had a view of numerous little lakes on Middalsheidi Moor before slowly proceeding to Mosfellheidi They inspected Leirvogsvatn beside the road to Thingvellir, followed by Stiflisdalvatn and Mj avatn It was late by the time they descended to Thingvellir, turned north and passed Sandkluftavatn which lay beside the road north of Hofmannafl t on the route over the pass at Uxahryggir and down the Lundarreykjadalur valley They picnicked beside Litla Brunnavatn, just off the road to Biskupsbrekka.Really

  6. Linda Prieskorn Linda Prieskorn says:

    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 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 me on some other topic I am hooked on this series because I like the lead character and his depressed life, I like that occasionally he will go somewhere, to solve a crime, that I have visited and I will have a strong image of place I like that I close the book having gleaned a little of criminal science, geography, geology or cultural history Yes the murders are cruel and gruesome but they do not dwell on the sadistic aspect There are clues and red herring throughout that I must sift through to come to logical conclusion Bear with me, I have 4books to go The last has not been published in the states but the rumor is it is the end of the series

  7. Mike Mike says:

    While reading this novel 8 in the series I told my wife If you want to read something where there is hardly any action but the main character is interesting nonetheless, this is it Erlunder, our Icelandic detective, is looking at a couple of cold cases, missing persons who disappeared years ago He s also picked up a suicide that rubs him the wrong way Throw in a suspicious doctor, a couple of mediums who hold seances, and a group of people who actively investigate whether there is life af While reading this novel 8 in the series I told my wife If you want to read something where there is hardly any action but the main character is interesting nonetheless, this is it Erlunder, our Icelandic detective, is looking at a couple of cold cases, missing persons who disappeared years ago He s also picked up a suicide that rubs him the wrong way Throw in a suspicious doctor, a couple of mediums who hold seances, and a group of people who actively investigate whether there is life after death, and it s a chilling good time

  8. Berit Lundqvist Berit Lundqvist says:

    This book deals with suicide and mental health issues Maria, the rich but unstable wife of a doctor, has seemingly committed suicide by hanging herself in her summer house outside Reykjavik She was suffering from a severe depression after her mother s death.But detective Erlendur isn t fully convinced the tragic death really is a suicide Shortly therafter, he gets his hands on a tape, containing a record of a seance Maria has attended earlier to get in contact with her dead mother His suspic This book deals with suicide and mental health issues Maria, the rich but unstable wife of a doctor, has seemingly committed suicide by hanging herself in her summer house outside Reykjavik She was suffering from a severe depression after her mother s death.But detective Erlendur isn t fully convinced the tragic death really is a suicide Shortly therafter, he gets his hands on a tape, containing a record of a seance Maria has attended earlier to get in contact with her dead mother His suspicions start to rise Step by step the secrets in Maria s life unfold A picture of a confused and manipulated woman appears.Another sad book from Arnaldur Even sadder than the previous one in the series Nevertheless, I liked this one better Both the plot and the language are better And sadly, it seems like no country has an efficient system to deal with mental health issues Not so fun facts During 2017, 32 Icelandic men, two Icelandic women, and six foreigners of undisclosed gender committed suicide in Iceland.Many of the deaths were related to alcoholism.Suicides are most common in the Far Westfj rds

  9. Beth Beth says:

    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 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 Maria was afraid to move beyond the boundaries established by Leonora Not deeply involved in this life, she is obsessed by the next one.Inspector Erlendur is given the task of meeting with Baldvin after he has been notified of his wife s death The doctor maintains there was nothing in his wife s behavior or attitude that suggested that she was contemplating suicide He acknowledges that Maria was still consumed by her mother s death but he thought she was improving But Erlendur is approached by Maria s best friend, Karen, the woman who found the body at the summer cottage She gives Erlendur a tape that was made during a seance and she tells the inspector that Maria believed in dreams and that Leonora was going to send her a sign if there was, indeed, life in the next world.The old man was back to see Erlendur, a visit he has made, first with his wife, for nearly thirty years His son, David, had disappeared without a trace but the old man is convinced beyond question that he did not commit suicide Erlendur has kept the case open for the sake of the father now the old man tells Erlendur that this will be his last visit He is dying and is living in a nursing home and he is resigned to dying without ever knowing what happened to his son.There are two other missing persons cases that have a hold on Erlendur A woman and another young man disappeated at the same time as David The woman, Gudrun, was a student who disappeared while her parents were traveling in China and Japan Reliable phone contact wasn t a given and calls over such a long distance had to be booked in advance They didn t realize their daughter was missing until they returned to Europe, two months after Gudrun had last been seen They blamed themselves for being out of touch but they, too, insisted that she would never have committed suicide.Erlendur is convinced that the third missing person was the victim of weather and bad choices The young man had left to take a short walk to the next village but he was considerably underdressed for the weather He was considerably intoxicated and a blizzart blew in suddenly, confusing him, and he likely took the wrong direction and went into the sea There had been a significant effort to find him, but Erlendur accepted that the water had claimed this one.Erlendur has no reasonsable excuse for continuing to investigate Maria s suicide He has no reasonable expectation of being able to solve the missing persons cases after nearly thirty years, but Erlendur is compelled to keep searching just as he his compelled to continue searching for his brother, lost in a blizzard when Erlendur was ten and his brother only eight He has always felt guilty that he survived and his brother did not.Erlendur is surrounded by ghosts Maria, her father, Magnus, her mother, Leonora, David, Gudrun, the man lost in the blizzard and his brother, Bergur But there are living ghosts that haunt him, too His son and daughter have made contact with him Eva Lind wants desperately to have Erlendur and his ex wife, Halldora, meet to have a reconciliation that she thinks will change her life for the better, bring everyone together as the family they never were.But it is the living that torment Erlendur s psyche What drove Maria to believe that life beyond the grave was her immediate destiny Why did she commit suicide The causes of a suicide are not a police investigator s responsibility Why can he not let Maria s death go HYPOTHERMIA causes the heart to stop pumping warm blood through a cold body Sometimes it is the heart that is cold even though the body still lives There isthan one way to be killed by the cold.Arnaldur Indridason is a master of psychological manipulation It is characters that move the story, not events Events are stage managed by those whose purpose is nefarious His characters are perfectly ordinary, and often, perfectly evil

  10. Nigel Bird Nigel Bird says:

    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 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 rational, obsessive mind with cold blood passing through the veins and you have a fictional detective of a very high calibre to enjoy.Here s one of the skills he s learned over the years The rule was always to accept coffee if it was offered It s a tip he passes on to the younger detectives, a small measure as to their capacity to do the job Elinburg had been quick to learn this Sigurdur Oli still hadn t grasped the concept It s the kind of subtlety that helps to make a book worth reading Hypothermia opens with a suicide It s an open and shut conclusion as far as the police are concerned, yet Erlendur is uneasy with the case He wants to know why the tragedy happened, needs to explore the story behind the death As he does unpeels layers, he uncovers ghosts There are the ghosts in the mind of the victim, the haunting tones of a series of unsolved missing persons investigations from decades earlier and there s the ever present spectre of his dead brother Through visits trawling the stories of the past and the lakes of Iceland, after mystics are consulted and evidence unearthed, the plot lines are sewn together skilfully so that they have a symbiotic relationship which offers a hugely satisfying read.If I were to have a minor gripe, it would be to suggest that the translation does not always run smoothly I can t be sure on this as my Icelandic is non existent, but I have a feeling that the translation requires onelight edit to present it at its best It didn t detract too much from the pleasure of my reading, but some paragraphs were a little wordy and slightly tangled when simpler language or use of a pronoun might just have streamlined things.There s also a fair amount of one of my least favourite styles in the writing of speech, that of the to represent pauses or hesitancy It s a small thing that possibly reflects natural conversation, but natural conversation and good written dialogue often bear little relation Those three dots might have a place, but when they re overused they do irritate me.Translation and dots aside, this is a tremendous read The characters and plot are fully formed and each time I put the book down I started looking forward to the next instalment I ll definitely be getting to know Erlendur better in the future and I m certainly recommending this to any fans of the police procedural who enjoy a touch of class

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10 thoughts on “Hypothermia

  1. Frances Frances says:

    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 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 friends and soon discovers Maria was obsessed with the afterlife, the loss of her father, and quite recently her mother Hypothermia is an easy read without any violence as Detective Erlendur eventually ties it all together rather neatly Several things were quite interesting in this book, but other areas could have been elaborated on a bitArnaldur Indri ason has received the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award for his Reykjavik Murder Mystery series and perhaps the first book would be a good place to start

  2. Jim Jim says:

    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 Indri ason is probably my favorite living mystery novel, and Hypothermia is one of his best novels 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 Indri ason is probably my favorite living mystery novel, and Hypothermia is one of his best novels There is a very clever theme of literally and figuratively freezing to death figuratively, in his relationship with his ex wife Halldora, who loved him, only to find it was not reciprocated by the detective and literally in the death of the suicide s father, the suicide herself, and of a young couple who drove off the road to their deaths in a frozen lake north of Reykjavik And most significant of all, years back, as a 10 year old boy, he accidentally let go of his brother Bergur s hand in the middle of a fierce blizzard in the Eastfjords Erlendur was found Bergur disappeared as if from the face of the eart and has haunted the detective all his life At the end, he takes time off to go to the Eastfjords and look for his long lost brother, or at least to confront himself in the shadow of Mount Hardskafi where it is suspected Bergur was driven by the blizzrd.I feel a bit of a chill as I write these words, having just finished another fine novel by the Icelander

  3. Cait Poytress Cait Poytress says:

    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 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 pretty cool Guess what Arnaldur came through This book is actually the 8th in a series, but I didn t feel out of the loop by having not read the previous books some of which I don t think are translated to english yet The central mystery of this story is interesting the victim is a suicide Inspector Erlendur embarks on an unofficial investigation in the hopes of understanding just what drove this woman to such an end Erlendur himself has a back story that s just as compelling, if notI used to read a lot of crime fiction when I was younger Not the hardboiled variety,the CSI Law Order kind I attribute that to the dream I had of one day becoming a criminal profiler for the FBI until I realized I was to chickenshit to become a cop John E Douglas is still one of my personal heroes My aspirations have since turned to medicine primarily pathology but it all boils down to the same interests I like the puzzle The helping people part is cool and all, and a really great bonus, but the assembling of clues and seemingly random bits of information into one coherent story is what really pumps my nads Arnaldur does this well in Hypothermia Even when I knew where all of the puzzle pieces would go and I fully believe it was not due to my stellar deductive reasoning, but because it was Arnaldur s intention all along I was still just as interested in seeing them fall into place I think what I liked most, though, was the atmosphere Arnuldur evoked If I had synesthesia, I would probably describe this book as gray I began to gravitate away from genre fiction years ago , but books like this remind me of how moronic it is to disregard entire classes of books rather than judge them individually on their own merit Arnaldur has not only induced me to readof his work, but he has also managed to renew my desire to read some of the other similar books on my shelves Faceless Killers, Echoes from the Dead, The Unit, to name a few So yeah, regarding Stieg Larsson I guess I m just weird like that Embarrassing confession I remember the moment this gravitation began I was at the library in 1999, looking for a Patricia Cornwell book shut up when, due to the alphabetical vicinity, I came across Douglas Coupland s Girlfriend in a Coma The rest is history

  4. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    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 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 are no signs to indicate anything other than suicide, but her friend Karen isn t so sure Karen brings Erlendur a cassette tape of the dead woman s previous session with a medium and gets his attention Working on his own, with no official police involvement, Erlendur works to find out why this woman took her own life In a brief phone chat with Sigurdur Oli, when Erlendur notes that he wants to know why she committed suicide, Erlendur explains why Sigurdur Oli asks What s it to you Nothing, Erlendur said Absolutely nothing I thought you were only interested in missing person cases Suicide is a missing person case too, Erlendur said and hung up on him Given Erlendur s background with the brother who was lost in a blinding snowstorm, his interest in the lost is no surprise And it s no surprise that he identifies with the ones left behind, for example, the grieving father who has checked in with Erlendur every year since his son vanished For this man, time is running out because he s dying, and Erlendur wants him to go with answers There s another missing persons case Erlendur goes back to as well that of a young woman who vanished one day, car and all But it s the suicide that takes most of his time, as he gets into the head of the dead woman, just trying to figure out why.Hypothermia is an excellent novel, and will give you pause to consider the nature of grieving and loss as you follow Erlendur throughout Probablythan any of the previous novels in the series, place is itself a character, especially the cold and lonely lakes of Iceland I loved this book and cannot recommend it highly enough fyi do NOT expect major action in this novel

  5. Snotchocheez Snotchocheez says:

    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 Nesb 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 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 Nesb 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 The did she or didn t she kill herself question is central to the plot, and the lengths that the inspector must go to to find the answers including re examining a couple of 30 year old missing persons cases that on the surface bear no relevance whatsoever to the suicide are components of a very eerie and suspenseful thriller.And the bad news having to endure some really creaky segues, super convoluted leaps of logic, and countless Icelandic travelogue descriptions like the paragraph below I culled at random from page 229 They began with a small circuit of the city He had studied detailed maps of Reykjavik and its vicinity, and was surprised at the vast number of lakes that were to be found in a relatively small area They were almost uncountable He and Eva Lind started at Lake Ellidavatn where a new suburb had sprung up, then did a circuit of Raudavatn on a decent road, before continuing to Reynisvatn which had now disappeared behind the new suburb of Grafarholt From there they drove past Langavatn and had a view of numerous little lakes on Middalsheidi Moor before slowly proceeding to Mosfellheidi They inspected Leirvogsvatn beside the road to Thingvellir, followed by Stiflisdalvatn and Mj avatn It was late by the time they descended to Thingvellir, turned north and passed Sandkluftavatn which lay beside the road north of Hofmannafl t on the route over the pass at Uxahryggir and down the Lundarreykjadalur valley They picnicked beside Litla Brunnavatn, just off the road to Biskupsbrekka.Really

  6. Linda Prieskorn Linda Prieskorn says:

    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 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 me on some other topic I am hooked on this series because I like the lead character and his depressed life, I like that occasionally he will go somewhere, to solve a crime, that I have visited and I will have a strong image of place I like that I close the book having gleaned a little of criminal science, geography, geology or cultural history Yes the murders are cruel and gruesome but they do not dwell on the sadistic aspect There are clues and red herring throughout that I must sift through to come to logical conclusion Bear with me, I have 4books to go The last has not been published in the states but the rumor is it is the end of the series

  7. Mike Mike says:

    While reading this novel 8 in the series I told my wife If you want to read something where there is hardly any action but the main character is interesting nonetheless, this is it Erlunder, our Icelandic detective, is looking at a couple of cold cases, missing persons who disappeared years ago He s also picked up a suicide that rubs him the wrong way Throw in a suspicious doctor, a couple of mediums who hold seances, and a group of people who actively investigate whether there is life af While reading this novel 8 in the series I told my wife If you want to read something where there is hardly any action but the main character is interesting nonetheless, this is it Erlunder, our Icelandic detective, is looking at a couple of cold cases, missing persons who disappeared years ago He s also picked up a suicide that rubs him the wrong way Throw in a suspicious doctor, a couple of mediums who hold seances, and a group of people who actively investigate whether there is life after death, and it s a chilling good time

  8. Berit Lundqvist Berit Lundqvist says:

    This book deals with suicide and mental health issues Maria, the rich but unstable wife of a doctor, has seemingly committed suicide by hanging herself in her summer house outside Reykjavik She was suffering from a severe depression after her mother s death.But detective Erlendur isn t fully convinced the tragic death really is a suicide Shortly therafter, he gets his hands on a tape, containing a record of a seance Maria has attended earlier to get in contact with her dead mother His suspic This book deals with suicide and mental health issues Maria, the rich but unstable wife of a doctor, has seemingly committed suicide by hanging herself in her summer house outside Reykjavik She was suffering from a severe depression after her mother s death.But detective Erlendur isn t fully convinced the tragic death really is a suicide Shortly therafter, he gets his hands on a tape, containing a record of a seance Maria has attended earlier to get in contact with her dead mother His suspicions start to rise Step by step the secrets in Maria s life unfold A picture of a confused and manipulated woman appears.Another sad book from Arnaldur Even sadder than the previous one in the series Nevertheless, I liked this one better Both the plot and the language are better And sadly, it seems like no country has an efficient system to deal with mental health issues Not so fun facts During 2017, 32 Icelandic men, two Icelandic women, and six foreigners of undisclosed gender committed suicide in Iceland.Many of the deaths were related to alcoholism.Suicides are most common in the Far Westfj rds

  9. Beth Beth says:

    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 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 Maria was afraid to move beyond the boundaries established by Leonora Not deeply involved in this life, she is obsessed by the next one.Inspector Erlendur is given the task of meeting with Baldvin after he has been notified of his wife s death The doctor maintains there was nothing in his wife s behavior or attitude that suggested that she was contemplating suicide He acknowledges that Maria was still consumed by her mother s death but he thought she was improving But Erlendur is approached by Maria s best friend, Karen, the woman who found the body at the summer cottage She gives Erlendur a tape that was made during a seance and she tells the inspector that Maria believed in dreams and that Leonora was going to send her a sign if there was, indeed, life in the next world.The old man was back to see Erlendur, a visit he has made, first with his wife, for nearly thirty years His son, David, had disappeared without a trace but the old man is convinced beyond question that he did not commit suicide Erlendur has kept the case open for the sake of the father now the old man tells Erlendur that this will be his last visit He is dying and is living in a nursing home and he is resigned to dying without ever knowing what happened to his son.There are two other missing persons cases that have a hold on Erlendur A woman and another young man disappeated at the same time as David The woman, Gudrun, was a student who disappeared while her parents were traveling in China and Japan Reliable phone contact wasn t a given and calls over such a long distance had to be booked in advance They didn t realize their daughter was missing until they returned to Europe, two months after Gudrun had last been seen They blamed themselves for being out of touch but they, too, insisted that she would never have committed suicide.Erlendur is convinced that the third missing person was the victim of weather and bad choices The young man had left to take a short walk to the next village but he was considerably underdressed for the weather He was considerably intoxicated and a blizzart blew in suddenly, confusing him, and he likely took the wrong direction and went into the sea There had been a significant effort to find him, but Erlendur accepted that the water had claimed this one.Erlendur has no reasonsable excuse for continuing to investigate Maria s suicide He has no reasonable expectation of being able to solve the missing persons cases after nearly thirty years, but Erlendur is compelled to keep searching just as he his compelled to continue searching for his brother, lost in a blizzard when Erlendur was ten and his brother only eight He has always felt guilty that he survived and his brother did not.Erlendur is surrounded by ghosts Maria, her father, Magnus, her mother, Leonora, David, Gudrun, the man lost in the blizzard and his brother, Bergur But there are living ghosts that haunt him, too His son and daughter have made contact with him Eva Lind wants desperately to have Erlendur and his ex wife, Halldora, meet to have a reconciliation that she thinks will change her life for the better, bring everyone together as the family they never were.But it is the living that torment Erlendur s psyche What drove Maria to believe that life beyond the grave was her immediate destiny Why did she commit suicide The causes of a suicide are not a police investigator s responsibility Why can he not let Maria s death go HYPOTHERMIA causes the heart to stop pumping warm blood through a cold body Sometimes it is the heart that is cold even though the body still lives There isthan one way to be killed by the cold.Arnaldur Indridason is a master of psychological manipulation It is characters that move the story, not events Events are stage managed by those whose purpose is nefarious His characters are perfectly ordinary, and often, perfectly evil

  10. Nigel Bird Nigel Bird says:

    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 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 rational, obsessive mind with cold blood passing through the veins and you have a fictional detective of a very high calibre to enjoy.Here s one of the skills he s learned over the years The rule was always to accept coffee if it was offered It s a tip he passes on to the younger detectives, a small measure as to their capacity to do the job Elinburg had been quick to learn this Sigurdur Oli still hadn t grasped the concept It s the kind of subtlety that helps to make a book worth reading Hypothermia opens with a suicide It s an open and shut conclusion as far as the police are concerned, yet Erlendur is uneasy with the case He wants to know why the tragedy happened, needs to explore the story behind the death As he does unpeels layers, he uncovers ghosts There are the ghosts in the mind of the victim, the haunting tones of a series of unsolved missing persons investigations from decades earlier and there s the ever present spectre of his dead brother Through visits trawling the stories of the past and the lakes of Iceland, after mystics are consulted and evidence unearthed, the plot lines are sewn together skilfully so that they have a symbiotic relationship which offers a hugely satisfying read.If I were to have a minor gripe, it would be to suggest that the translation does not always run smoothly I can t be sure on this as my Icelandic is non existent, but I have a feeling that the translation requires onelight edit to present it at its best It didn t detract too much from the pleasure of my reading, but some paragraphs were a little wordy and slightly tangled when simpler language or use of a pronoun might just have streamlined things.There s also a fair amount of one of my least favourite styles in the writing of speech, that of the to represent pauses or hesitancy It s a small thing that possibly reflects natural conversation, but natural conversation and good written dialogue often bear little relation Those three dots might have a place, but when they re overused they do irritate me.Translation and dots aside, this is a tremendous read The characters and plot are fully formed and each time I put the book down I started looking forward to the next instalment I ll definitely be getting to know Erlendur better in the future and I m certainly recommending this to any fans of the police procedural who enjoy a touch of class

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