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Arctic Chill
by Arnaldur Indridason
mystery
From The Jacket:On an icy January day the Reykjavik 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 pedophile 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
(3.5 stars) Great who done it mystery with characters you really get to know and like. The translation from Icelandic missed the mark a little and needs some smoothing out. I will definitely look for this authors next book.
by-Lyn 2009/10/18, 12:32 PM
 
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