"Iceland is a very exciting place to set a crime novel. In the past 20 years it has opened up to all kinds of business and tourism and we have our own history to deal with. We've changed from being a very poor peasant society to a very rich modern society. Many people were left behind and aren't at all happy with the new situation. ... I made Erlendur part of this history of Iceland. I made him old fashioned, looking back at the past and hating modern times. Sigurður Óli doesn't care a bit about the history of Iceland or the Icelandic sagas, everything that Erlendur has so much feeling for."
Arnaldur Indriðason om sitt författarskap i The Times.
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