Hypothermia: An Icelandic Thriller
by Arnaldur Indridason
Translated by Victoria Cribb;
Review by Verna Suit
Picador Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312610593
Date: 27 September 2011 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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Reunion with loved ones is a theme running through the story. Besides looking into Maria's death, Erlendur dredges up two missing person cases from 30 years ago. In both instances, a young person disappeared suddenly and inexplicably. The parents never ceased hoping their children would return or their disappearance would be explained.
In a situation closer to home and more delicate, Erlendur's daughter wants her parents to reunite for at least some civil conversation. Erlendur and his ex-wife Halldora have barely spoken for many years and he doubts any good will come from doing so again.
Erlendur himself is a wonderful character, a perfect representative of frozen, bankrupt Iceland. He typically goes his own gloomy way, happiest in his own company. At work, he chooses the cases he wants to work on and then meticulously tracks down everyone remotely connected to the subject, inevitably arriving at the obscure and usually ironic solution to the mystery. Then he goes home to a solitary supper of jellied sheep's head.
Hypothermia will be a perverse delight to Indridason's many fans.