Archive for December 1, 2009


Here is my contribution to this week’s Crime Fiction Alphabet meme at Kerrie’s Mysteries in Paradise.

I has to be for Indridason.

Arnaldur Indridason, the Icelandic writer, whose series of exceptional police procedurals has brought far more fictional crime to that small island nation than has ever occurred in real life.

Arnaldur Indridason, as of 2009, has written ten books featuring his enigmatic detective Erlendur of which only six have been translated into English. Bernard Scudder, the translator of the first four books sadly died in 2007, and Arctic Chill was finished by Victoria Cribb, who has since translated Hypothermia, which I haven’t read yet.

I read The Silence of the Grave [winner of the CWA Gold Dagger] and Jar City back before the start of Crime Scraps, both had won the Nordic Glass Key in successive years 2002 and 2003, and at the time Indridason was the only writer to have won the award twice.
Since then of course Stieg Larsson has won in 2006 and 2008.

Indridason’s Erlendur, Sigurdur Oli and Elinborg make a interesting trio of detectives. The tragedies in Erlendur’s past and his present day problems play a big part in his determination to resolve cases and bring closure and justice to victim’s families.

[Thanks to Ali Karim for the photograph of Arnaldur Indridason and Peter Rozovsky]