Arnaldur Indridason – An Icelandic Writer of Crime Fiction

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Arnaldur Indridason
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A certified public accountant with an MBA from Stanford University, Timothy “Tim” Shields manages programs and program portfolios for UBS in Chicago. In his free time outside of UBS, Tim Shields enjoys running, biking, and reading. He lists Arnaldur Indridason among his favorite authors of all time.

Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1961, Arnaldur Indridason is a Nordic writer of crime fiction who published his first book, Sons of Earth, in 1997. Most of Indridason’s books feature the protagonist Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson, an enigmatic and antisocial character who spends his time investigating cases and obsessing over stories and legends about people who have gone missing in the wilds of Iceland.

Through Erlendur’s investigations and struggles with personal turmoil, Indridason provides readers with insight into Icelandic culture and history. His novels touch on a range of topics, including criminal justice, racism, immigration, and corporate greed. Indridason’s books also feature themes that pay homage to the Icelandic literary tradition of the saga.

Indridason’s Erlendur series comprises over a dozen books, including the recent Into Oblivion, which was released in February 2016. Over the years, Indridason has received the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Silence award, the Glass Key Award, and other literary prizes. His novels, which are available in 25 countries, have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

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