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Arctic Chill (Reykjavík Murder Mystery #7)

Arctic Chill - Arnaldur Indriðason, Bernard Scudder, Victoria Cribb

bookshelves: summer-2013, published-2005, series, mystery-thriller, e-book, iceland, translation

Read from June 21 to 22, 2013


'ð'is a 'th' sound, much the same a dd in Welsh!

5* Jar City
3* Hypothermia
CR Arctic Chill


On an icy January day the Reykjavík police are called to a block of flats where a body has been found in the garden: a young, dark-skinned boy, frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood. The discovery of a stab wound in his stomach extinguishes any hope that this was a tragic accident. Erlendur and his team embark on their investigation with little to go on but the news that the boy's Thai half-brother is missing. Is he implicated, or simply afraid for his own life? The investigation soon unearths tensions simmering beneath the surface of Iceland's outwardly liberal, multicultural society. A teacher at the boy's school makes no secret of his anti-immigration stance; incidents are reported between Icelandic pupils and the disaffected children of incomers; and, to confuse matters further, a suspected paedophile has been spotted in the area. Meanwhile, the boy's murder forces Erlendur to confront the tragedy in his own past. Soon, facts are emerging from the snow-filled darkness that are more chilling even than the Arctic night.