Arnaldur Indriðason

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Arnaldur.
Arnaldur Indriðason
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Arnaldur Indriðason at the Helsinki Book Fair, Finland, 2004
Born (1961-01-28) 28 January 1961 (age 55)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Genre crime fiction

Arnaldur Indriðason (pronounced [ˈartnaltʏr ˈɪntrɪðasɔn]; born 1961) is an Icelandic writer of crime fiction; most of his books feature the protagonist Detective Erlendur[fr].


Arnaldur was born in Reykjavík on 28 January 1961, the son of writer Indriði G. Þorsteinsson. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands) in 1996. He worked as a journalist for the newspaper Morgunblaðið from 1981 to 1982, and later as a freelance writer. From 1986 to 2001, he was a film critic for Morgunblaðið.

His first book, Sons of Dust (Synir duftsins) came out in 1997, the first in the series with Detective Erlendur. The first two novels in the series have not yet been translated into English.[1] As of 2013, the series included 14 novels. Arnaldur is considered one of the most popular writers in Iceland in recent years — topping bestseller lists time and again.[citation needed] In 2004, his books were 7 of the 10 most popular titles borrowed in Reykjavík City Library[citation needed]. In 2006, his Erlendur novel Mýrin was made into a film, known internationally as Jar City, by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur.

Arnaldur's books have been published in 26 countries and translated into at least 24 languages, including Russian, Polish, German, Greek, Danish, Catalan, English, Portuguese, Italian, Czech, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Hungarian, Chinese, Croatian, Romanian, Bulgarian, French, Serbian, Slovenian Turkish and Arabic .


Arnaldur received the Glass Key award, a literature prize for the best Nordic crime novel, in 2002 and 2003. He won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award in 2005 for his novel Silence of the Grave. He won the world's most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing worth €125,000, in 2013 for Shadow Alley (Skuggasund).[2][note 1]


Detective Erlendur series[edit]

Other novels[edit]

  • Napóleonsskjölin (Operation Napoleon, 1999)
  • Bettý (2003)
  • Konungsbók (The King's Book, 2006)
  • Skuggasund (Shadow Alley), 2013
  • Þýska húsið, 2015

Other writings[edit]



  1. ^ Incorrectly translated as Shadow Channel by Catalan News Agency in reference
  2. ^ Not yet translated into English
  3. ^ Not yet translated into English