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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 co. In this tenth book in the Inspector Erldendur series a different member of the investigative team Detective li 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 liIn Reykjav k Iceland Detective Sigurdur li is approached for a favor by his friend Patrekur It seems that Patrekur s sister in law and her husband have engaged in a spot of wife swappingand are being blackmailed by another swinger couple Lina and Ebbi Patrekur asks Sigurdar li to pressure the blackmailers to back off and to get the incriminating photos of his relativesSigurdur li goes to the blackmailing couple s house at the exact moment Lina is being viciously attacked with a baseball bat and fatally injured The attacker runs past Sigurdur li and escapes Despite his personal involvement in the case Sigurdur li joins the investigative team He soon discovers that Lina and Ebbi owe a large amount of money and freuently engage in extramarital trysts Thus the detective team looks for suspects among Reykjav k s debt collectors as well as men who have received sexual favors from LinaMeanwhile Sigurdur li is repeatedly contacted by an elderly alcoholic tramp Andr s who has has taken an old man hostage and tied him up in a basementAndr s is incoherent however and can t make Sigurdur li understand his situationSigurdur li has to dig through layers of intrigue to discover who attacked Lina and why He also looks into Andr s difficulties and uncovers some shocking secretsThe book has an array of interesting characters including Sigurdar li s girlfriend and mother fellow detectives local thugs and shady bankers The story has an engaging plot that leads to a satisfying resolution Very good mysteryYou can follow my reviews at

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Nvestigating 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 write. Like other fans of Erlendur I was worried that a Erlendur mystery without Erlendur might fall a little flat Plus Erlendur s colleague Sigurdur li the protagonist of Black Skies is not a very likeable character Erlendur is endlessly morose and fascinating That had not been my impression of boring Sigurdur li Ok I was wrong about all of this I should have trusted Indri ason Ostensibly about a murder that is the result of blackmail there are really three crimes two related and one unrelated But the characters are what set Indri ason mysteries apart from the rest In Black Skies he offers a nuanced portrait Sigurdur li and completes the heartbreaking story of another character whom readers met in Arctic Chill Andres Indri ason departs from his usual narrative to fill in the complicated background of Sigurdur li His mother now an accountant has been divorced from his father a plumber for many years His mother seems to be cold and unforgiving His father tried everything he could to keep the marriage together he became a doormat And Sigurdur grew up determined that he would do his damnedest to avoid turning out like his father 137 Sigurdur keeps asking the uestion What brought them together He admits that he s baffled by their relationship He s coming to grips with the collapse of his own long term relationship with Bergthora and wondering how his parents marriage may have affected him Sigurdur is definitely not my type Chilly and insensitive he s much like his mother than his father which hasn t helped his relationships with women No one including Bergthora is good enough for our Siggi according to his mother Ick Plus while studying at a police academy in the US he has become obsessed with American sports especially football and baseball Because of the time change he often stays up late at night watching football games on his satellite TV He has no interest in books the arts or anything cultural What a fun guy He has no sympathy for any criminal even youthful offenders who may have experienced brutal and impoverished childhoods He basically loaths his job and thinks he may have been wrong to abandon the study of law to become a policeman But in the course of Black Skies Sigurdur evolves He finds himself sympathetic to criminals and the down and out people like Andres A chronic alcoholic introduced in Arctic Chill his story is told here through flashback We learn about his sexual abuse at the hands of his step father and so does Sigurdur to whom Andres has reached out Andres has found his step father and plans to take revenge Or does he After seeing a short film clip of Andres at age 10 Sigurdur reflects he rarely felt any sympathy for the luckless individuals he came across in the line of dutybut there was something about the boy s wretchedness his anguish and defencelessness that moved him 189 At this point Sigurdur begins to find his humanity and although I still miss Erlendur I kind of fell in love with SigurdurThere s of course Murders to be solved Details about the strangely lenient criminal justice system in Iceland No one seems to go to jail for very long despite the seriousness of the crime The seemingly deficient social welfare system The crazy financial situation that led to the collapse of their economy in 2008 Tidbits about life in Iceland City life vs country life And a death in the ice covered wilderness But the story of Andres is what will stay with you when you close this book It s horrifying and desperately sad

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Ntemporaries 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 i. 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


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

  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 a

  3. says:

    Arnaldur was uoted in an interview recently as sayingI have no understanding of financial markets but I understand that people can be greedyFor an author who claims little understanding he has probably written a lucid and accurate account of the reasons behind Iceland's 2008 crash than anything else I have read Cheap off shore credit poor government oversight and regulation shonky financial products and the whole neoliberal eco

  4. says:

    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

  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 does

  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 violence is off stage I am still kicking myself for reading Jo Nesbo as I don't need his images in my head Arnaldur's stories are gritty but without graphic depictions of violence He leaves it to the reader to fill in the blanksI was anxious to read a new “Inspector Erle

  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 Skies This time the central police figure is Sigurdur Óli known in previous bo

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    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 p

  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 Erlendur is endlessly morose and fascinating That had not been my impression of boring Sigurdur Óli Ok I was wrong about all of

  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 con