Sunday, January 24, 2016

Into Oblivion by Arnaldur Indriđason

(hb; 2014, 2015: fourteenth book in the Reykjavik Thriller series. Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb)

From the inside flap:

"It is 1979, a few years after Reykjavik Nights closed, and Erlendur is now a detective, already divorced, and is working for the shadowy Marion Briem. A body of a man has been found in the blue lagoon, which has not yet become the tourist spot it is today. Apparently the victim fell from a great height, and at first the police investigate the possibility that he has been thrown out of an airplane.

". . .Erlendur is also asked to investigate the cold case of a young girl who vanished into thin air on her way to school forty years earlier. . ."


Oblivion is an excellent novel, one worth owning. As a police procedural, the true villains of the book and their motives are easy to spot (given the milieu-reflective sparseness of characters), but this is not a criticism of Oblivion: rather it is the journey, tinged with political intrigue, the haunted emotional resonance of the characters and masterful writing and editing, that made Oblivion difficult to set down. Like the rest of the Reykjavik Thriller series, this is worth your time and cash.

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