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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker (July 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846555817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846555817
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,819,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

With series favorite Detective Erlendur away on leave (as in Outrage, 2012), Indridason again spotlights Erlendur’s Reykjavik police colleagues, offering a strong series entry infused with his trademark emotional turmoil and psychological insight. Detective Sigurdur Óli is questioning his life’s direction after learning that Iceland’s recent prosperity (soon to disappear following the debt-crisis-fueled collapse) has made several of his schoolmates wealthy, and his long-term relationship becomes a casualty of the emotional distance his job requires. When his friend Patrekur asks him to unofficially discourage a blackmailer, he’s uncomfortable with violating regulations but reluctantly agrees. Unfortunately, when his visit interrupts a murder attempt on the extortionist, there’s no chance of hiding his involvement from the department. Suspicion falls on Patrekur, and Sigurdur scrambles to restore his unblemished record by proving he’s not an unwitting alibi. At the same time, a lost soul from a past case claims he has found his childhood abuser, hinting to Sigurdur that he’s ended his preying on children. Black Skies continues the series’ exploration of Iceland’s social ills, this time exploring how national prosperity has brought with it a different kind trickle-down effect: greed and malignant power working their way throughout society. --Christine Tran --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Review

 • "An international literary phenomenon -- and it's easy to see why. His novels are gripping, authentic, haunting and lyrical." --Harlan Coben

 • "Black Skies is one of, if not the best, of Indridason's books." -- Michael Carlson, Crime Time

Customer Reviews

In this book we learn more about Sigurdur Oli, the inspector's colleague.
orangeblossom
I love the character development that is always present and integral to the unfolding of the plot.
morag baird
If you want to read the series then you must start at the begining and read the first book.
FleurH

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By K on July 27, 2012
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In Indridason's previous book, Outrage, the focus was on Elinborg and it was good to get to know more about her, BUT we were left wondering if Erlender would return. In this novel, the focus is on Sigurdur Oli whose marriage is falling apart and his personal life is in a bit of turmoil. We get a bit more perspective on this man who is known for his detachment. Elinborg is only mentioned a few times and Erlender is still on some quest and everyone seems quite worried about him. The novel itself is excellent-- I expect nothing less from Indridason. The Kindle price is back down to $9.99-- good news after the sticker shock of $17.99 (Canadian prices)for Outrage. I do hope the next book resolves this business regarding Erlender. Indridason has taken both Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli for a test run. If the mantle is passed, so be it, but don't leave us hanging.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 20, 2012
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The thing I found intriguing about this book was the somewhat repellant personality of the detective.

Sigurdur Oli is offensive and intimidating in interrogations. His politics are unattractive. His long-term girlfriend has just left him for being so cold and uncaring. He scarcely reads a book a year, prefers watching American football and baseball on TV. He looks down on "lowlife criminals" and takes a certain pleasure in haranguing them. And he's a wine snob, just like his awful mother.

And yet I followed his doings with great interest, because on the job Sigurdur Oli shows total integrity and dedication. Besides, he encounters some gross injustices in this book that teach him a measure of compassion.

So character development is a strong point in Black Skies, but so is the involving quality of the crime writing. One murder victim is an attractive woman who's into swinging and blackmailing. Another is a disgusting old pedophile. Then there's the suspicious death of a banker who dies on holiday on a glacier. Victims and murderers come from all classes of Icelandic society.

The plotting is masterful and complex. Child pornography is a theme. But so is the irresponsible behavior of banks and greedy individuals. Sigurdur Oli's unrelenting attention to all these goings-on is the one unifying factor. One case involves some friends of Sigurdur Oli's, and it's fun watching the self-righteous cop cope with a conflict of interest.

If you're a fan of Indridason like me, you may be wondering why this book is about Sigurdur Oli and not Inspector Erlandur. Well, Erlandur is still off somewhere in the East Fjords all by himself, and his daughter and colleagues are worried about him. But as Black Skies demonstrates, crime goes on, and an Icelandic crime novel can be superlative even without Erlandur.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By FleurH on October 16, 2012
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I am comletely hooked on this author and on the books in the series. Erlendur and his team are the most addictive team of detectives that I have ever read so far. Erlendur is a deep, brilliant, complex and flawed human being. The other two members of the team are also complex and gifted in their own right. Where is Erlendur? Is he finally dealing with the demons of the past? If you want to read the series then you must start at the begining and read the first book. Then you will be caught up and not be able to stop. Just like Harry Hole of Jo Nesbo's books, Erlendur of Indridason's books is a man who is as complicated as he is brilliant. The central story moves along and plays itself out, and each story is interwoven with the lives of the three detectives. I have grown so fond of these three detectives. Each murder mystery is slowly unpacked and systematically solved through plodding detective work. But these are no ordinary detectives. They make the mundane seem interesting. Each story has touched a cord in me and this story is no exception. Where is Erlendur, please find him.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ruth777 on October 8, 2012
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This book runs parallel with Outrage which features Elinborg as the investigating officer in charge of a homicide/date rape case. In Black Skies, Sigurdur Oli is in charge of a number of random situations and cases. A favour for a friend turns into being a (reluctant) witness to a deadly assault. He is also being plagued by regrets of a past relationship as well meetings with a past criminal with serious mental issues. He-Sigurdur Oli is not a very likeable character as he is so very unsympathetic, extremely snobbish and just plain rude most of the time. It is nearly right at the end of the book that I started warming up to him. The book is fine, not really Indridason at his best as it DOES NOT have Erlendur as the main character, whom I might have a minor obsession with. For die-hard Indridason fans it should be a good read, but do not expect the usual Erlendur fare.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Abeel on March 17, 2014
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If you like Indridason and you have read his other novels, you will be disappointed. This is not up to par.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BAC RN on October 19, 2013
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The late, great Bernard Scudder could translate an Icelandic book that would read like your favorite British writer wrote it. The nuance, the wry wit, the deeper pauses that I'd grown to love with Indridason are just not here! This book also suffer from the abscence of Erlandur. His partners are shallow and not well enough developed so a translation like this has me looking all over the place for raison d'tre and I ain't finding it here!
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Arnaldur Indridason is the author of Jar City, Silence of the Grave, Voices, The Draining Lake, and Arctic Chill. He won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave and is the only author to win the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel two years in a row, for Jar City and Silence of the Grave. The film of Jar City, now available on DVD from Blockbuster, was Iceland's entry for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and the film of his next book, Silence of the Grave, is currently in production with the same director. His thrillers have sold more than five million copies in over 25 countries around the world. He lives in Iceland.

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