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Arnaldur Indridason

Arnaldur turned to writing crime fiction in part because of his interest in film. “I like suspense. Hitchcock is my guy. I wanted to write a book like that.” A film based on Jar City was released this fall in Iceland; though Arnaldur chose not to be involved in the script, he was pleased that the top talent in Iceland’s film industry was involved, including the director and the actor chosen to play Erlendur. Arnaldur’s other influences include the Martin Beck series by Swedish authors Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, who “write in the style of social realism, like I do” and the 87th Precinct series by Ed McBain. “He’s a very fine writer, with a very simple style, never a big, big plot, just plain, simple police work. They knock on doors, telephone people, and they get to know what happened.”

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