Freezing

3 06 2011

Hypothermia by Arnuldar Indridason

One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam at her holiday cottage. At first sight, it appears like a straightforward case of suicide; María had never recovered from the death of her mother two years previously and she had a history of depression. But then the friend who found her body approaches Detective Erlendur with a tape of a séance that María attended before her death and his curiosity is aroused…

Driven by a need to find answers, Erlendur begins an unofficial investigation into María’s death. But he is also haunted by another unsolved mystery – the disappearance of two young people thirty years ago – and by his own quest to find the body of his brother, who died in a blizzard when he was a boy.

It’s not at all straightforward for Erlendur who remains a fascinating lead character. This series of admittedly often bleak Icelandic crime novels just seems to get better and better.





More dark Norwegian nights

17 03 2011

Nemesis by Jo Nesbo

Grainy CCTV footage shows a man walking into a bank and putting a gun to a cashier’s head. He tells her to count to twenty-five. When he doesn’t get his money in time, she is executed. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case.While Harry’s girlfriend is away in Russia, an old flame gets in touch. He goes to dinner at her house and wakes up at home with no memory of the past twelve hours. The same morning the girl is found shot dead in her bed. Then Harry begins to receive threatening e-mails. Is someone trying to frame him for this unexplained death? Meanwhile the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery.Gripping and surprising, Nemesis is a thriller by one of the biggest stars of Scandinavian crime fiction.

Intricate plotting. Very impressive. I think these books are getting better and Hole is becoming a really interesting character.





No business like snow business

21 01 2011

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Beware the falling snow… The first snowfall in Oslo brings a series of gruesome murders, and Harry Hole is pitted against a brutal killer who will drive him to the edge. The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.

Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier. As Harry and his team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears Harry’s suspicions are confirmed: he is a pawn in a deadly game. For the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his turf, a killer who will drive him to the brink of insanity.

A nice cheap buy for the ipad this one and first one of Jo Nesbo’s that I’ve read. Have to say that I thought it was really pretty good. Hole is an interesting character and the plot is quite gripping and a bit gory at times. But, overall, another worthy addition to the stable of Scandinavian crime fiction translated into English. Look forward to catching up with the others.

read on ipad








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