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A suspected blackmailer is found murdered in this gripping crime story from the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger winner Arnaldur Indridason Detective Sigurdur Oli is in trouble After a school reunion exposes the chasm between his life and those of his much successful con I appreciate the subtle art in the construction of this police procedural set in Iceland The plot concerns the bludgeoning murder of a woman accountant known to be involved with her husband in wife swapping The protagonist in this 10th novel in a series is Sigurdur li a colleague of the usual lead detective Erlendur whom I encountered in Jar City He is ordinary in many ways not brilliant notably courageous or driven by ideals but he doggedly works to get the job done He discovers the victim while acting on behalf of a friends reuest to discourage a blackmail attempt involving a family member who participated in the wife swapping That would be an obvious motive for murder but the woman s association with a group of bankers involved in financial shenanigans deserves exploration as well The case leads li down pathways that bring him into the lives of both the poor downtrodden and the financial high fliers of this liberal society As a conservative working class member of this culture he is disgusted by the apparently laziness and excuses of the criminals of the lower classes and by the corruption and greed among the upper classes Here is a bit on his mindset on the former type If there was one thing that deeply pissed him off about his job it was having to be matey with little jerks like Kristjan having to suck up to people he despised and stoop to their level even pretend to be one of them try to put himself in their shoes His colleague Erlendur found it easy because he understood these losers but Elinborg could call on some sort of feminine intuition when forced to consort with criminal lowlifes But the way Sigurdur li saw it there was an unbridgeable gulf between him and a delinuent like Kristjan From Sigurdur Oli s point of view the little shit had forfeited the right to stand up and be counted to be listened to or treated as a member of societyThe evolution of Oli s sensibilities and insights regarding the lives of these sorts of transgressors represents the hidden core of this novel His own experience of his parent s divorce and inability to keep his relationship with his wife from falling apart begins to undermine the certainty of his judgment of other people Throughout the story a troubled mentally ill man he knows to have suffered terrible abuse from a stepfather as a child keeps trying to communicate with him hinting he has found his abuser The reader knows from the first pages he is seeking revenge li begins to have sympathy for the damage many people bear Will he be able to take effective action to intervene for this person or others in his cases whom the system has failed This book begins to open my eyes a bit about what the renaissance of Nordic or Scandanavian Noir is all about As Goodread s reviewer Harry Roolaart has been telling us so elouently the themes involve a special sort of realism distinct from the other traditional detective and crime novels of the West We do not get told what to feel and we don t usually get the thrill of an exaggerated cat and mouse game with a fiendish villain or the blatant drama of classic noir with a lonely jaded hero struggling with pervasive corruption or organized crime Instead what we get here is almost a sociological approach to portraying the fate of lowly figures from the failed welfare system or of well to do people lured to illegal financial schemes The lead female characters in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Smylla s Sense of Snow were effective in finding pathways to retributive action contributing to the broad success of these particular novels Mankell and his predecessor from decades earlier Sj wall and Wahl gained wide appeal from the uirky brilliance of their detectives Indri ason and apparently other writers in this new subgenre do not grab these tickets for widespread bestseller appeal I suspect many will feel depressed by this particular story and suffer from the low level of conventional action or personality pizzazz If you don t expect these conventional entertainments maybe like me you will be satisfied with the subtleties in this tale The book was provided by the publisher through the Goodreads Giveaway program

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Temporaries leaving him bitter and resentful one of his old friends asks him to pay an unofficial visit to a couple of blackmailers He readily agrees only to arrive to find one of the pair lying in a pool of blood When the victim dies in hospital Sigurdur Oli is faced with inv Since I reserve 1 rating for books I hate this gets 2 Huge disappointment and total waste of time I bought this book before I had a falling out with the author s works and it took me a long time before I picked it up I wish I hadn t I wish I d just let it go unread It is bleak depressing and boring from start to finish There is not a likeable character in sight There is nothing wrong with the plotting and the theme child pornography is important but nothing of value is added There is nothing new here and nothing to hang on to About as cheerful as suicide note Not recommended

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Estigating a murder without revealing his own reasons for being present at the murder scene Moving from the villas of Reykjavik's banking elite to a sordid basement flat Black Skies is a superb story of greed pride and murder from one of Europe's most successful crime writers My favorite Indridason so far There is something very readable about this series One of the main plots is grim the death mask yet Indridason presents it in a new light and the reader will be deeply moved by the conclusion Simultaneously the reader is presented with a cautionary tale of greed complicated by police force politics A third light hearted plotline about someone stealing a newspaper and Sigurdur Oli s personal life round out a great read Fans of this series will not be disappointed


10 thoughts on “Svörtuloft

  1. says:

    In this tenth book in the Inspector Erldendur series a different member of the investigative team Detective Óli looks into the murder of a woman who engages in 'wife swapping' activities The book can be read as a standaloneThough nominally an Inspector Erlendur novel the detective in this book is his team member Sigurdur ÓliIn Reykjavík Iceland Detective Sigurdur Óli is approached for a favor by his friend

  2. says:

    I appreciate the subtle art in the construction of this police procedural set in Iceland The plot concerns the bludgeoning murder of a woman accountant known to be involved with her husband in wife swapping The protagonist in this 10th novel

  3. says:

    Arnaldur was uoted in an interview recently as sayingI have no understanding of financial markets but I understa

  4. says:

    Since I reserve 1 rating for books I hate this gets 2 Huge disappointment and total waste of time I bought this b

  5. says:

    What a mess of a book I've really enjoyed this series until this book In the course of the series Sigurdur Oli was the character I liked the least and this story didn't help He is a snob and a boring one at that There doesn't seem any other police officers working other than the one that tells him off As for the plot it is so thin you can read a newspaper through it and that would probably be a better use of your time The strands in whic

  6. says:

    Arnaldur has a skill for developing characters even though the characters are unlikable Another thing I like about this writer is that the viol

  7. says:

    The last book by Arnaldur Indridason Outrage saw the usual protagonist of the series detective Erlunder disappear for an extended leave of absence and the investigation taken up by his female colleague Elinborg I enjoyed the book but missed the character of Erlunder so was slightly apprehensive when I noticed he had not yet returned for Black

  8. says:

    My favorite Indridason so far There is something very readable about this series One of the main plots is grim the death mask yet Indridason presents it in a new light and the reader will be deeply moved by the conclusion Simultaneously the reader is presented with a cautionary tale of greed complicated by police force politics A t

  9. says:

    Like other fans of Erlendur I was worried that a Erlendur mystery without Erlendur might fall a little flat Plus Erlendur's colleague Sigurdur Óli the protagonist of Black Skies is not a very likeable character

  10. says:

    I wasn't impressed with Jar City mainly because I found the pace too slow for my taste but I could no longer continue to ign