chilly reception

Maxine Clark has high praise for Arnaldur Indridason’s Arctic Chill.

Is there such a thing as a perfect crime-fiction novel? Probably not, but if there were, this would surely be a strong contender. Arnaldur Indridason’s latest novel in the Inspector Erlendur series continues the upward trend in quality, confidence and storytelling that I have come to hope for, even dare to expect, with each new outing.

Meanwhile, the Icelandic film of Jar City is getting warm reviews in the UK. Uriah calls it “superb cinema with atmospheric Icelandic choir music, beautiful cinematography of the bleak scenery and compelling acting.” Those attending Bouchercon in Baltimore have a treat in storeJar City will be getting a screening there.

Michiko Kakutani, a reviewer for The New York Times has a chillier reception for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. While she loves the lead detective team – “but their peculiar chemistry is what fuels this novel, particularly as Mr. Larsson loses control of his messy, increasingly implausible plot.” She goes on to say:

In fact, it’s clear as the story progresses that Mr. Larsson has no idea how to create a credible villain, for the two people most responsible for Harriet’s disappearance turn out to be patched-together bad guys with none of the malevolent originality of Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Lecter or the manipulative perversion of Catherine Tramell in “Basic Instinct.”

It’s the detectives who are the stars of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” and the reader can only hope that Salander and Blomkvist put in return appearances in the two other novels Mr. Larsson completed before his death.

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  1. I can’t wait to meet Arnaldur Indridason. He’ll be on a panel I’m moderating at Bouchercon entitled Round the World: Around the globe with Janet and friends that will also include Charles Benoit, Jason Goodwin, and Michael Stanley. I didn’t know that Jar City would be screened at Bcon. Looking forward to it.

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