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Arnaldur Indrišason /  Įrni žórarinsson / Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson / Yrsa Siguršardóttir

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Arnaldur Indrišason

Born in 1961, Arnaldur is the son of the well-respected Icelandic novelist, Indridi Thorsteinsson. After working as a journalist and film critic, he wrote his first crime novel, in country with a very low crime rate and no crime fiction tradition. His third novel, Jar City, became a sensation at the Frankfurt Book Fair and has been translated into several languages and made into a film. He was awarded the CWA Golden Dagger in 2005, after which the British Crime Writers Association restricted the award to books originally written in English. So far all of the books translated into English, save Operation Napoleon, are part of a police procedural series featuring Erlendur Sveinsson and his team of detectives.
     Article excerpt
     Interview
     Interview

Books
Operation Napoleon (Napóleonsskjölin) Iceland 1999; UK 2010; US 2011
     translated by Victoria Cribb
     Eurocrime
     Eurocrime (2)
     The Independent
     Reactions to Reading
Jar City / apa Tainted Blood (
Mýrin) Iceland 2000; UK 2006; US 2005
     translated by Bernard Scudder
     Mystery Scene
     Reviewing the Evidence
     Reviewing the Evidence (2)
Silence of the Grave (Grafaržögn) Iceland 2001; UK 2005; US 2006
     translated by Bernard Scudder
     Eurocrime
     Reviewing the Evidence
Voices (Röddin) Iceland 2002; UK 2006; US 2007
     translated by Bernard Scudder
     Eurocrime
     Eurocrime (2)
     Eurocrime (3)
     Reviewing the Evidence
     Reviewing the Evidence (2)
The Draining Lake (Kleifarvatn) Iceland 2004; UK 2007
     translated by Bernard Scudder
     Eurocrime
     Eurocrime (2)
     The Guardian
     Reviewing the Evidence
     Reviewing the Evidence (2)
Arctic Chill (Vetrarborgin) Iceland 2005; UK 2008
     translated by Bernard Scudder
     Eurocrime
     International Noir
     Reviewing the Evidence
     The Telegraph
Hypothermia (Haršskafi) Iceland 2007; UK 2009; US 2011
     translated by Victoria Cribb 
     Eurocrime
     The Independent
     Reviewing the Evidence
Outrage (Myrka) Iceland 2008; UK 2011; US 2012   
     translated by Anna Yates
     Crime Segments 
     Eurocrime
     The Independent
Black Skies (Svortuloft) Iceland 2009; UK 2012; US 2013
     translated by Victoria Cribb
     Crime Scraps
     Critics at Large
     Eurocrime
Strange Shores
(Furšustrandir) Iceland 2010; UK 2013
     translated by Victoria Cribb
     Bibliojunkie
     

Įrni  žórarinsson
Spelled Arni Thorarinsson in English, this author, born in 1950, worked as a journalist in both print and broadcast before publishing his first work of crime fiction in 1998. He has also written screeplays for film and television and books for children.
     profile

Books
Season of the Witch (Tími nornarinnar) Iceland 2006; US 2012
     translated by Anna Yates
     International Crime Fiction
     Petrona
     Reading in Reykjavik


Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson
Born in 1955, Viktor Arnar is both an author and a civil engineer who works for the Icelandic roads administration. Two of his novels have been nominated for the Glass Key award.

Books
House of Evidence (Engin spor) Iceland 1998; US 2012
     translated by Björg Árnadóttir and Andrew Cauthery
The Flatey Enigma (Flateyjargáta) Iceland 2002 ; US 2012
     translated by Brian Fitzgibbon
     Mysteries in Paradise
     Petrona


Yrsa Siguršardóttir
A civil engineer by training, Yrsa wrote award-winning children's books before turning to crime fiction. Like Arnaldur Indridason, rights to her first thriller were sold to many countries. Her series features attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir and is somewhat lighter in tone than Arnaldur's books. She has also published a stand-alone thriller with supernatural overtones.
     profile
 
Books
Thora Gudmundsdottir series
Last Rituals (Žrišja tákniš) Iceland 2005; UK 2008; US 2007
     translated by Bernard Scudder
     Eurocrime 
     It's a Crime 
     Mystery Scene
     Reviewing the Evidence
My Soul to Take (Sér grefur gröf) Iceland 2006; US 2009
     translated by Bernard Scudder and Anna Yates
     Guardian
     IcelandReview
     International Crime Fiction
     Reviewing the Evidence
     Spectator    
Ashes to Dust (Aska) Iceland 2007; UK 2010; US 2012
     translated by Philip Roughton 
     Eurocrime
     Scandinavian Books
The Day is Dark (Aušnin) Iceland 2008; UK 2011
     translated by Philip Roughton 
     Eurocrime
     The Independent

Other
I remember You (Ég man žig) Iceland 2010; UK 2012
     translated by Philip Roughton
     The Independent
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