Thursday, May 07, 2009

Iceland: "Hypothermia" by Arnaldur Indriðason - September 2009

More details of the next Inspector Erlendur novel by Arnaldur Indridason. As revealed in my earlier blog, the title of the book is Hypothermia, and Amazon is now showing a release date of 3rd September in the UK (October 27th in the US). The translation is by Victoria Cribb, who competed the work on his previous novel, Arctic Chill, after the death of Bernard Scudder.

The blurb states:

One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam in her summer cottage by Lake Thingvellir. At first sight it appears to be a straightforward case of suicide; the woman, Maria, had never recovered from the loss of her mother two years earlier and had a history of depression. But when Karen, the friend who found her body, approaches Erlendur and gives him the tape of a seance that Maria had attended, his curiosity is aroused.

Driven by a need to find answers that even he does not fully understand, Erlendur embarks on an unofficial investigation to find out why the woman's life ended in such an abrupt and tragic manner. At the same time he is haunted by the unresolved cases of two young people who went missing thirty years before, and, inevitably, his discoveries raise ghosts from his own past.


Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. Þingvellir National Park was founded in 1930 to protect the remains of the parliament site and was later expanded to protect natural phenomena in the surrounding area. The first parliament or Althing was established at Þingvellir in 930 and remained there until 1789. Þingvellir is the site of a rift valley and home to Lake Thingvellir, the largest natural lake in Iceland.

I'm looking forward to this book, and finding out more about Erlendur's past.

2 comments:

R. T. said...

Thanks for your preview of Indridason's new release, and I enjoyed your commentary on Iceland. I lived there for a about a year-and-a-half (thirty years ago), and--as I recall--Thinvellir was not only the most popular tourist destination, it was nearly the only tourist destination (with the others being Skoggarfoss--a spectacular waterfall--and the capital city of Rejkyavik). Let me amend the last statement: the other tourist destination was simply the Icelandic terrain; driving around Iceland (never across since roads did not penetrate the interior) was always a spectacular adventure.

Anonymous said...

Rather nice blog you've got here. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything connected to this matter. I would like to read more on that blog soon.