Friday, December 06, 2013

Black Skies, by Arnaldur Indriđason

(hb; 2009, 2012: tenth book in the Reykjavik Thriller series. Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb)

From the inside flap:

"A man is making a leather mask with an iron spike fixed in the middle of the 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."


More of why-they-did-it than a whodunit, this is a good, solid police procedural from a consistently excellent, crisp-prose penning author.  Some readers, like myself, may pick up on who the killers are, but the writing and the characters - many of them ongoing - are (still) interesting and the story doesn't lag.

Black Skies is worth your time.  Check it out.

Followed by Strange Shores.

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