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Black Skies (Reykjavik Thriller Series #8)

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THE MOST GRIPPING ENTRY YET IN ARNALDUR INDRIDASON'S CELEBRATED INSPECTOR ERLENDUR SERIES.

Arnaldur Indriðason, whom The Sunday Times calls “one of the most brilliant crime writers of his generation,” has thrilled readers around the world with his series set in Reykjavík. In Black Skies, Indriðason further cements his position as one of today’s top international crime writers.

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Black Skies: An Inspector Erlendur Novel

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Overview

THE MOST GRIPPING ENTRY YET IN ARNALDUR INDRIDASON'S CELEBRATED INSPECTOR ERLENDUR SERIES.

Arnaldur Indriðason, whom The Sunday Times calls “one of the most brilliant crime writers of his generation,” has thrilled readers around the world with his series set in Reykjavík. In Black Skies, Indriðason further cements his position as one of today’s top international crime writers.

A man is making a leather mask with an iron spike fixed in the middle of his forehead. Meanwhile, a school reunion has left Inspector Erlendur’s colleague Sigurdur Óli unhappy with life in the police force. While Iceland is enjoying an economic boom, Óli’s relationship is on the rocks and soon even his position in the department is compromised. When a favor to a friend goes wrong and a woman dies before his eyes, Óli has a murder investigation on his hands.

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Insp. Sigurdur Óli takes center stage in Indridason’s solid eighth Inspector Erlendur novel (after 2012’s Outrage), providing all the Nordic bleakness and moral ambiguity of Reykjavik police colleague Erlendur Sveinsson, with a trace of stolid conservatism added to sour the mix. Sigurdur Óli’s great talent is to doggedly follow a trail, even at the expense of the relationships in his life and his own ethics. When someone fatally bludgeons Lína Thorgrímsdóttir with a baseball bat in her apartment, Lína, like most Indridason victims, turns out to be far from innocent; she has tried to blackmail friends of Sigurdur Óli with photos of group sex. Meanwhile, a Reykjavik bum with a shattered and nearly incoherent personality tries to tell the inspector about a terrible crime. Indridason may be guilty of gratuitous characterization in a search for nuance, but the pathos is often moving, and Sigurdur Óli proves a worthy detective, if not so great a human being. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
No good deed goes unpunished, and sometimes they entangle you in murder. Reykjavík detective Sigurdur Óli agrees reluctantly to help Hermann, a colleague of his old friend Patrekur and a victim of blackmail. Hermann and his wife, an aspiring politician, have until recently been swingers. Lína and Ebbi, another participating couple in their group, have filmed them and now demand money. Sigurdur agrees to talk to them sternly but regrets his decision almost immediately. Having recently split from his wife, Bergthóra, he's often out of sorts and preoccupied. His boss and mentor, Erlendur (Outrage, 2012, etc.), is still away on an unspecified leave of absence, and Sigurdur finds himself tangling regularly with his abrasive colleague Finnur. Visiting the home of the blackmailers, Sigurdur interrupts a masked intruder beating Lína. He chases the man for blocks but can't catch him. Lína is taken to the hospital, where she lingers for days before passing away. With virtually no leads, Sigurdur returns to Hermann and Patrekur in a fruitless attempt to gain traction as Finnur relentlessly needles him. Also in the mix is Andrés, a disturbed young man whose past involves scarring abuse at the hands of his stepfather and whose stream-of-consciousness chapters alternate with the main narrative. Ironically, Sigurdur also finds a need to revisit his parents for answers. Dogged police work leads inevitably to a surprising ripped-from-the-headlines solution. Series fans may miss the soulful, empathetic Erlendur, but Sigurdur, who could be a younger version of his boss, is at the center of a sophisticated and complex thriller.
From the Publisher

Praise for Arnaldur Indriðason:

“What’s Icelandic for ‘we have ourselves a winner’?”—Newsday

“Keeps readers guessing until the very last pages.”—The Washington Post Book World

“A superb series…Expertly handled.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“A remarkable series.”—The New York Times Book Review

Library Journal
★ 09/15/2013
Indridason's usual main character, Inspector Erlendur, is away, so his colleague Sigurdur Óli is running the show. A best friend asks Óli to help someone who is being blackmailed. Óli agrees to assist—but as a favor and not as a police matter. It quickly becomes a criminal case, however, as Óli walks in seconds after a vicious attack on the blackmailer. His police cohorts wonder why Óli was there, yet he convinces them that he should continue working on what has now become a murder case. He unravels a trail that involves Icelandic politics and banking prior to the financial crash that devastated the country's economy. Another case, involving a disturbing kidnapping, is also being investigated. VERDICT Óli is an intricate character plodding through life and his cases. He's an average guy, someone whom the reader can identify with, and will become a favorite. Readers who enjoy Henning Mankell and Ian Rankin will be intrigued by this character. Although this is the eighth novel (after Outrage) in this series, it's fine for newcomers to start here. [Library marketing.]—Frances Thorsen, Chronicles of Crime Bookshop, Victoria, BC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250000392
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Series: Reykjavik Thriller Series , #8
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 299,977
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Arnaldur Indridason won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave and is the only author to win the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel two years in a row. The film of Jar City was Iceland’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and the film Silence of the Grave is in production. The film Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg, was based on an Icelandic film written by Indriðason. He lives in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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  • Posted September 17, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    With Erlendur traveling and incommunicado and Elinborg away from

    With Erlendur traveling and incommunicado and Elinborg away from the Reykjavik police station, only Sigurdur Oli is left of the team to conduct police business. However, first he’s asked by his good friend Patrekur to do him a favor. It seems that his sister-in-law and her husband got involved in wife-swapping, and now are being threatened with exposure if they don’t pay blackmail money. Sigurdur Oli is asked to have a word with the female blackmailer, retrieve the pictures and get her off the couple’s back.

    When Sigurdur Oli goes to the blackmailer’s home, he finds the door unlocked. When he enters he discovers her body on the floor and determines that she’s been killed by a blow to the head. And then he’s hit with a baseball bat, and the perpetrator runs out of the house. The policeman chases but loses his quarry. Thus begins a long and complicated plot which ultimately also involves a banking scandal and another murder.

    The novel is pretty much a straightforward police procedural, and an intense look at Sigurdur Oli’s personal life. It is a departure from other of the author’s efforts, and certainly not as intense as “Jar City” or “Hypothermia.” This reader can’t tell whether it is the translation or the original prose which is different from the haunting style of the author’s previous works. In any event, it should not be missed, and is recommended.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    good series addition

    second book in a row featuring a secondary character in a lead role- an idea I like, to learn more about these characters. interesting story to boot.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Silly, pompous

    The unlikeable police detective becomes easier to like as the story progresses. That's a neat trick and a plus. On the other hand, the child abuse near the moral center of the work deserves better treatment than this silly, pompous novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Shadedsky

    -name-<br>
    *Shadedsky<br><br>

    -Looks-<br>
    *Sky blue eyes<br>
    *Black pelt with grey and silvery markings<br>
    *Scar on left leg<br><br>

    -Kin-<br>
    *Father: Ashfall<br>
    *Mother: Creek<br>
    *Brothers and sisters: Unknown<br<br>

    -Mate/crush-<br>
    *None<br><br>

    -History-<br>
    *Shadedsky was once known as Sky, until his uncle (Firetail) asked him to join his clan. Sky became Skykit. Skykit was trained to become a warrior, having no knoledge of his mother and father whom his uncle informed often of skykits life. At the age of six moons Skykit became Skypaw mentored to a traitor known as Shadedbracken. Shadedbracken taught Skypaw vicous ways of killing and fighting hoping that one day Skypaw would become evil and help him kill the clans leader... when Skypaw became a warrior he was named Skyshade, for he and his mentor cast a shadow over the forest... moons later Shadedbracken killed the leader, and tricked Skyshade into helping. When Skyshade betrayed him by telling the deputy Shadedbracken framed Skyshade for the murder... somehow Skyshades name turned to Shadedsky the scar on his leg was given to him during a training sesion with Shadedbracken...

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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