An Inspector Erlendur Novel
Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9781250000392, 330pp.
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Arnaldur Indridason, 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 Reykjavik. In "Black Skies, " Indridason further cements his position as one of today's top international crime writers.
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. While Iceland is enjoying an economic boom, Oli'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, Oli has a murder investigation on his hands.
From the villas of Reykjavik'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.
"A sophisticated and complex thriller."
Victoria Cribb has translated several works of modern Icelandic literature, notably novels by Arnaldur Indrioason, Sjon, and Gyroir Eliasson.
Praise for Arnaldur Indridason:
“What’s Icelandic for ‘we have ourselves a winner?’” —Newsday
"A commanding new voice . . . Puts Iceland on the map as a major destination for enthusiasts of Nordic crime fiction." —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Keeps readers guessing until the very last pages." —Washington Post Book World
"Indridason and Stieg Larsson have produced two of the best crime novels of the year." —The Independent (UK)
"Everyone one of these writers is good [Hakan Nesser, Kjell Eriksson, Ake Edwardson, Helen Tursten, Karin Fossum], but in my book, Arnaldur Indridason is even better."
—Joe Queenan, Los Angeles Times