Nce to the absent Erlundur Sigurdur s relationship with his divorced parents and the despair of the police at the justice system which ails to keep repeat offenders off the streets As readers of Indridason will know these are themes that crop up again and again in his writing Like
other ans of Erlendur I was worried that a Erlendur mystery without Erlendur might If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song fall a littlelat fans of Erlendur I was worried that a Erlendur mystery without Erlendur might Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford fall a littlelat Erlendur s colleague Sigurdur li the protagonist of Black Skies is not a very likeable character Erlendur is endlessly morose and Ready for Summer fascinating That had not been my impression of boring Sigurdur li Ok I was wrong about all of this I should have trusted Indri ason Ostensibly about a murder that is the result of blackmail there are really three crimes two related and one unrelated But the characters are what set Indri ason mysteries apartrom the rest In Black Skies he offers a nuanced portrait Sigurdur li and completes the heartbreaking story of another character whom readers met in Arctic Chill Andres Indri ason departs Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech from his usual narrative toill in the complicated background of Sigurdur li His mother now an accountant has been divorced A coerência textual from hisather a plumber Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller for many years His mother seems to be cold and unforgiving Hisather tried everything he could to keep the marriage together he became a doormat And Sigurdur grew up determined that he would do his damnedest to avoid turning out like his ather 137 Sigurdur keeps asking the uestion What brought them together He admits that he s baffled by their relationship He s coming to grips with the collapse of his own long term relationship with Bergthora and wondering how his parents marriage may have affected him Sigurdur is definitely not my type Chilly and insensitive he s much like
his mother than his ather which hasn t helped his relationships with women No one including Bergthora is good mother than his First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who've Been There father which hasn t helped his relationships with women No one including Bergthora is goodor our Siggi according to his mother Ick Plus while studying at a police academy in the US he has become obsessed with American sports especially ootball and baseball Because of the time change he often stays up late at night watching ootball games on his satellite TV He has no interest in books the arts or anything cultural What a April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers fun guy He has no sympathyor any criminal even youthful offenders who may have experienced brutal and impoverished childhoods He basically loaths his job and thinks he may have been wrong to abandon the study of law to become a policeman But in the course of Black Skies Sigurdur evolves He inds himself sympathetic to criminals and the down and out people like Andres A chronic alcoholic introduced in Arctic Chill his story is told here through lashback We learn about his sexual abuse at the hands of his step ather and so does Sigurdur to whom Andres has reached out
Andres Has Found His Step has ound his step and plans to take revenge Or does he After seeing a short ilm clip of Andres at age 10 Sigurdur reflects he rarely elt any sympathy or the luckless individuals he came across in the line of dutybut there was something about the boy s wretchedness his anguish and defencelessness that moved him 189 At this point Sigurdur begins to ind his humanity and although I still miss Erlendur I kind of Space Kid fell in love with SigurdurThere s of course Murders to be solved Details about the strangely lenient criminal justice system in Iceland No one seems to go to jailor very long despite the seriousness of the crime The seemingly deficient social welfare system The crazy Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town financial situation that led to the collapse of their economy in 2008 Tidbits about life in Iceland City life vs country life And a death in the ice covered wilderness But the story of Andres is what will stay with you when you close this book It s horrifying and desperately sad. Nce leads to debt collectors extortionists swinging parties But when a chance link connects these enuiries to the activities of a group of young bankers Sigurður Óliinds himself investigating the very elite he had envied Moving rom the villas of Reykjavík's banking elite to a sordid basement lat Black Skies is a superb story of greed pride and murder rom one of Europe's most successful crime writers. ,
F the deaths we have ar sympathy with the
than the victim whose evil destroyed a young boy s life This is another recurrent theme of Arnaldur that sins of commission or omission towards children may have profoundly tragic effects or the rest of a person s lifeThus once Arnaldur has transcended the genre of mere crimeperpetrator than the victim whose evil destroyed a young boy s life This is another recurrent theme of Arnaldur
FICTION INTO A WORK OF FINE LITERARY MERIT WHATinto a work of ine literary merit What mess of a book I ve really enjoyed this series until this book In the course of the series Sigurdur Oli was the character I liked the least and this story didn t help He is a snob and a boring one at that There doesn t seem any other police officers working other than the one that tells him off As or the plot it is so thin you can read a newspaper through it and that would probably be a better use of your time The strands in which the two stories are intertwined are ridicously thin Honestly one or the other story would have been interesting but put together this way just doesn t work I m really disappointed in this Partly because I have enjoyed this series so much
and partly because the book is just not good The last book by Arnaldur Indridason Outragepartly because the book is just not good The last book by Arnaldur Indridason Outrage the usual protagonist of the series detective Erlunder disappear or an extended leave of absence and the investigation taken up by his Troubled Waters female colleague Elinborg I enjoyed the book but missed the character of Erlunder so was slightly apprehensive when I noticed he had not yet returnedor Black Skies This time the central police igure is Sigurdur li known in previous books mainly or his attempts to become a parent with his partner Bergth raAlthough written in 2009 the book is set in 2005 at the height of Icelandic economic boom Sigurdur li attends a high school reunion and notes with dismay that most of his contemporaries have become rich rom the country s economic success However the riend of one his classmates is being blackmailed after he and his wife were photographed at a swingers party Sigurdur li agrees to pay a visit to the blackmailer but before he can speak to her he surprises an attack on the woman by an unknown assailant Sigurdur is now in a difficult situation as he tries to remain involved in the police investigation without revealing the reasons or his presence at the murder sceneMeanwhile an elderly man has been taken prisoner and had placed over his head a leather mask ixed with a spike similar to those used by Icelandic armers to kill their animals It is clear that a disturbed individual is extracting revenge or past misdemeanoursSuch is Indridason s skill as a writer that the elevation of Sigurdur li as a central character worked very well Instead of once Owls: Birds of the Night focusing on the theertility problems experienced by him and Bergth ra we see instead the toll that it has taken on their relationship and the separate paths they are now Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, following The emphasis on the personal seemed to chime in with the plot Sigurdur is pressurised by a personal acuaintance to investigate a blackmail plot and when things start to disintegrate thisriend unfairly blames Sigurdur or coming to the attention of the policeAlthough the blackmail plot is related to husband and wife swapping parties thankfully this isn t at the centre of the book Instead the ocus is on the greed of bankers and those in associated professions at the height of the economic boom As the author makes clear it is not only the selfishness of the bankers that is to blame or the spiralling debt situation but the archaic Icelandic laws which ail to provide a legal structure to address inancial abuseThe book was as usual an engrossing read and although the relevance of the man with the mask wasn t initially clear the links are eventually made The book is ull of incidental detail including refere. Nd is enjoying an economic boom and young tycoons are busy partying with the international jet set In contrast Sigurður Óli's relationship is on the rocks and soon even his position in the CID is compromised when he agrees to visit a couple of blackmailers as a avour to a riend he walks in just as a woman is beaten unconscious When she dies Sigurður Óli has a murder investigation on his handsThe evide.