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Black Skies by Arnaldur Indriðason
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What fascinates me again and again in [[Arnaldur Indriðason]] is that he can pack an Icelandic topicality into an exciting thriller. Also this time he succeeded. It's about dubious money laundering. but you realize this only over time, since everything begins with a blackmail attempt that ends in a murder. Sigurdur Óli tries to help a friend and unfortunately has to realize that he does not tell him the whole truth.
The story is fast paced and told exciting. It also shows the problem of the Icelandic financial market, which was in trouble for a long time. ( )
  Ameise1 | Nov 24, 2018 |
Number 8 in the English-language version of the Inspector Erlendur series set in Iceland, and this one focuses on one member of the 3-person group in which Erlendur usually works. The story takes place during the same time as "Outrage", the previous book in the series, and directly following a particularly nasty case the trio had solved in the excellent "Hypothermia", the sixth in the series. Although the main character is less likable, the book is quite good and concerns three events Sigurdur Óli is investigating: the bludgeoning death of a would-be blackmailer in her home, the disappearance and subsequent death of a banker during a tour of the glaciers with some co-workers, and the decades-old abuse of a young boy and his attempts to come to terms with it when he spots his abuser while living on the streets of Reykjavik. ( )
  auntmarge64 | Aug 6, 2018 |
Not as good as some of the earliest books in the series, this one is still worth reading, if only because Oli is kind of an ass. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Despite unlikeable characters this was a really gripping read, I didn't want to put it down. ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
Arnaldur's writing seems to improve with each addition to the Erlender series. While all of the books in the series are atmospheric with very strong characters, this one is perhaps the most poignant yet. It definitely has some of the most well-written character development. Arnaldur also continues to improve his plot lines, never settling for a single murder mystery formula. ( )
  jellyfishjones | Mar 20, 2016 |
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As the latest book in Indridason’s absorbing Icelandic series gets under way, the year is 2008, and Erlendur, the dour but resourceful senior homicide detective in Reykjavik’s CID, is still out of action. That means the case of a young woman’s murder by bludgeoning falls to the dyspeptic Inspector Sigurdur Oli.

Familiar as the second banana in past books, Sigurdur Oli is abrupt and cranky by nature. He expresses his right wing political views in language that is about as nuanced as Rush Limbaugh’s. Nevertheless, he is reliably dogged, and he tracks the bludgeoning case through a tangle that includes wife-swapping, child pornography and murderous debt collectors.

When Sigurdur Oli’s sleuthing gains momentum, he frequently brushes against Iceland’s financial community. He finds himself put off by the incredible extravagance he sees among the country’s bankers. “The problem,” Sigurdur Oli realizes, “is that few of the people involved in this new big-bucks business have much experience in finance, and some of them aren’t all that bright.”

Bearing in mind it’s 2008, Sigurdur Oli’s observations have particular resonance. Unrealized by him and by almost everybody else, he has touched on the causes behind the economic recession that would crush Iceland’s economy later that year and soon spread around the world. Throughout Black Skies, while Sigurdur Oli gets on with the immediate business of solving a murder case, the message that pounds in the book’s background is all about the greed and stupidity of bankers.
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He took the leather mask from the plastic bag. It had not turned out as he had intended; in fact, it was a bit of a botched job. But it would serve its purpose.
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A man is making a crude leather mask with an iron spike fixed in the middle of the forehead. It is a 'death mask', once used by Icelandic farmers to slaughter calves, and he has revenge in mind.

Meanwhile, a school reunion has left Sigurdur Óli unhappy with life in the police force. While Iceland is enjoying an economic boom, his relationship is on the rocks and soon even his position in the CID is compromised after he agrees to visit a couple of blackmailers as a favour to a friend, and walks in just as a woman is beaten unconscious. When she dies, Sigurdur Óli has a murder investigation on his hands.

Moving from the villas of Reykjavík'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.
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A man is making a crude leather mask with an iron spike fixed in the middle of the forehead. It is a "death mask," once used by Icelandic farmers to slaughter calves, and he has revenge in mind. Meanwhile, a school reunion has left Inspector Erlendur's colleague Sigurdur Oli unhappy with life in the police force. When a favor to a friend goes wrong and a woman dies before his eyes, Oli has a murder investigation on his hands.… (more)

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