Hypothermia – by Arnaldur Indridason
A Reykjavik Murder Mystery
It is a cold Autumn night, the ice has already formed in chunks on Lake Thingvellirvatn… In a holiday cottage a Doctor’s wife is found hanging. She has a history of depression and her Mother recently died of a terminal illness. But is it suicide… Erlender the gloomy and withdrawn Rejkjavik detective must decide. This case is unofficial, it won’t change the outcome of the case and everything is clear cut. Yet Erlender pursues it like a murder case with a drive to find out why the woman’s life ended in such an abrupt manner. As he begins to collects information, he again faces his own personal demons and confronts cold missing persons cases that have laid dormant for years with some suprising results….
The Good: A wonderfully written Scandinavian crime mystery; a delight for continuing readers of Indridason as the character continue their own personal story; atmosphere plus in descriptions of Glacial lakes, blizzards and cold desolate landscapes..
The Bad: Hard to find fault… but I am partial to this genre…
The Ugly: Predictable in parts, but not boring…. No happy ending…. but this is not ugly either…
Other titles by Indridason: ( these have been translated to English)
Jar city ( aka Tainted Blood)
Silence of the Grave (to be read soon I hope)
The Draining Lake