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.
- Eurocrime (2)
- The Guardian
- Ms Wordopolis
- Reviewing the Evidence
- Reviewing the Evidence (2)
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.
Born in Reykjavik in 1959, Hallgrímur is an artist, columnist, playwright, poet, and novelist. In 2008, he wrote his first novel in English, which was subsequently translated into Icelandic, about a Croatian hitman who flees to Icland and assumes a begnign identity. He has been nominated for many awards and received the Icelandic Prize for Literature in 2001.
A lawyer and law professor, Ragnar has translated a number of Agatha Christie’s mysteries into Icelandic and has also worked as a television journalist. His series set in Siglufjord, the northernmost town in Iceland, is being developed into an Icelandic television series.
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.
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.
Someone to Watch Over Me (Horfðu á mig) Iceland 2009; US 2015
translated by Philip Roughton
The Silence of the Sea (Brakio) Iceland 2011; UK 2015; US 2016
translated by Victoria Cribb