Arnaldur Indriï¿½ason was born in Reykjavï¿½k January 28, 1961 and writes crime fiction. He is the son of writer Indriï¿½i G. ï¿½orsteinsson. Arnaldur graduated with a degree in history from the University of Iceland in 1996. Arnaldur's first published book, Sons of Dust (Synir duftsins) in 1997, is the first in the Detective Erlendur series. Arnaldur's books have been published in twenty-six countries and have been translated into Russian, Polish, German, Greek, Danish, Catalan, English, Italian, Czech, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Chinese, Croatian, Romanian and French. He won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award in 2005 for the novel Silence of the Grave. Arnaldur lives in Reykjavï¿½k with his wife and three children.