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Into Oblivion by Arnaldur Indriðason
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This is the second book I have read by this author and I quite like them. ( )
  TGPistole | Aug 14, 2017 |
A body is found in a shallow lake in the middle of a lava field, the man has dies from injuries consistent with a fall from a great height. Sent to investigate Detectives Erlendur and Marion quickly discover that the man was a civilian worker at the US base in Keflavik. Joining forces with a determined female US Army policewoman they uncover a tangled case of smuggling, cannabis trades and infidelities but they also may have stumbled on something a little more significant involving the placing of nuclear arms on Icelandic soil. Meanwhile Erlendur is also trying to solve a twenty-five year old mystery - what happened to a young schoolgirl who just disappeared one morning.

This is a very carefully constructed book set in the 1970s. The two cases are not linked at all but each is engrossing and beautifully plotted. The layers of prejudice in the murder story are clever - black and white, US and Icelandic. The fact that the resolution of the closed case is so startlingly obvious is its strength, it's not who did it, it's proving that fact. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
This police procedural involving a US army base in Iceland is interesting for the different-country scenes, issues and attitudes. It lacks the magic spark for a rating of 4 but is well executed. ( )
  BridgitDavis | Apr 27, 2017 |
Iceland in the 70s: "Oblivion" by Arnaldur Indridason Published 2015.
 
Who’s Marion? I wasn’t able to determine whether Marion was male or female.  All indications of gender are absent, and because of that, the developing relationship between Marion and Caroline became more interesting than it might otherwise have been. The dynamics of the two characters don’t really shed light on it. Do they bond as they do because both are women in a largely male society (the time is the late 70s)? If one assumes Marion to be male, are we to see him as unusually devoid of the patronizing attitude toward women typical of the time? There seems to be little flirting between them if Marion is male, but quite a bit more if female. It's all interesting enough to make me nostalgic at never having learned Icelandic.
 
You won’t find car chases, hanky-panky, and drunk detectives. Sorry. I know I shouldn't drop all these spoilers, but sometimes I can't help myself… ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
I've read at least one other by this author, and his work fits well in the 'scandicrime' subgenre. This one takes us toward the beginning of his detective Erlander's career, and into his obsession with people who have been lost, the way his brother was lost in a blizzard many years before. It intertwines an old case with a new one dealing with an American airbase in Iceland.

Well-written with interesting characters and conflicts. ( )
  ffortsa | Nov 25, 2016 |
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Wat zijn we in hun ogen nou helemaal? Eén grote barakkenbuurt. Eén groot Kamp Knox.

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In Oblivion Erlendur is a recently promoted detective. His world is dominated by drug-dealers, a cold case involving a missing schoolgirl, a CIA operative and the murky history of America's presence in Iceland.
In the windswept volcanic landscape of south-west Iceland, a vast aircraft hangar rises behind the perimeter fence of the US naval air base. It is night. Inside the hangar, colossal scaffolding reaches to the roof where contractors have been working. There is a clang and a length of piping falls to the ground from a high platform, followed almost immediately by a dull thud as a man's body falls after it.
Several miles away, a woman is swimming in the milky-blue lagoon formed from waste water pumped out by a geothermal power station. It is an eerie, remote spot but the waters have healing properties. Steam rises from the blue-white lagoon and the moss-grown lava. In the background towers the floodlit bulk of the power station. The ghostly light reveals a shoe sticking out of the water, attached to a body.
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