Black Skies (Inspector Erlendur Series #8)

Black Skies (Inspector Erlendur Series #8)

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Black Skies 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
chasVA More than 1 year ago
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.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Prologue: Tana French is one of my favorite writers. She's created a little universe of interesting characters that solve crimes in Dublin. Not only can she tell a fantastic tale, BUT she realizes that the supporting characters in one story have their OWN stories to tell and their OWN set of interesting supporting characters. The Review: Arnaldur Indridason is also one of my favorite writers. He's created a little universe of interesting characters that collaborate to solve crimes in Iceland. However, the comparsion stops there. A large part of what I like about Indridason's police procedurals is how the characters interact with each other, and how their off-duty lives provide a little side color to enhance the main story of each novel. Either Indridason disagrees with that assessment (which would be his right; it IS, after all, his universe!), or he does not see a problem with deviating from it. Unfortunately, after having read “Outrage” (Elínborg's star turn) and now, “Black Skies”, in which Sigurdur Óli  claims the spotlight, I take issue with it. Indridison's strength is the interaction of his protagonists. Focusing on one at a time detracts from his universe, rather than heightening it. I enjoyed this book more than the previous “Outrage”, as Sigurdur's backstory was more interesting to me than was Elinborg's. As usual, the culprit's identity eluded me until near (or in this case, at) the reveal. Mr. Indridison, I encourage you to remember that you are writing an ensemble cast. It may be cliché, but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Please keep the entire squad together in future books. (And since there are at least 3 more that I haven't read yet, including one not yet translated into English, I can only hope that you've reached a similar conclusion on your own.) RATING: 3 1/2 stars, rounded down to 3 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read them all and still look forward to every new book in this well-written series about Icelandic detectives. The characters are not only interesting but also believable.
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