Arctic Chill

Publisher: Vintage Canada
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. The boy’s murder forces Erlendur to confront a tragedy in his own past. Soon, facts are emerging from the snow-filled darkness that are more chilling even than the Arctic night.

From the Hardcover edition.


They were able to guess his age, but had more trouble determining which part of the world he came from.

They thought he was about ten years old. He was wearing a grey anorak, unzipped, with a hood, and military-style camouflage trousers. His school bag was on his back. One of his boots had come off and there was a...
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“Highly recommended to those who like their crime fiction dark and remorseless.”
Toronto Star

“Icily exciting.”
The Daily Telegraph

Praise for Arnaldur Indridason:

“An international literary phenomenon – and it’s easy to see why. His novels are gripping, authentic, haunting and lyrical.” — Harlan Coben

From the Hardcover edition.