Arnaldur Indriğason (born 28 January 1961) is an Icelandic writer of crime fiction. He has repeatedly proved to be the most popular writer in Iceland in recent years - topping bestseller lists year after year. In the year 2004 his books were seven of the ten most popular titles borrowed in Reykjavík City Library.
Arnaldur was born in Reykjavík, the son of writer Indriği G. Şorsteinsson. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Iceland in 1996. He worked as journalist for the newspaper Morgunblağiğ in 1981-1982, and later freelanced. From 1986 to 2001, he was a film critic for Morgunblağiğ.
He published his first book, Sons of Dust (Synir duftsins) in 1997, the first in the series of Detective Erlendur. The series includes ten novels as of 2010.
Arnaldur's books have been published in twenty-six countries and have been translated into Russian, Polish, German, Greek, Danish, English, Italian, Czech, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Chinese and French. 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 the novel Silence of the Grave.
He lives in Reykjavík with his wife and three children.