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Svörtuloft

(Inspector Erlendur #10)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  4,258 ratings  ·  431 reviews
Kona sem sökuð er um fjárkúgun er barin til ólífis nánast fyrir augum lögreglunnar. Árásarmaðurinn kemst undan á hlaupum og allt bendir til þess að þar sé handrukkari á ferð. Rannsókn málsins fellur í óvæntan farveg en meðan á henni stendur reynir kunnur ógæfumaður ítrekað að ná sambandi við lögregluna með afar óljóst erindi.
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published 2009 by Vaka-Helgafell
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Barbara
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In this tenth book in the "Inspector Erldendur" series, a different member of the investigative team - Detective Óli - looks into the murder of a woman who engages in 'wife-swapping' activities. The book can be read as a standalone.

*****

Though nominally an Inspector Erlendur novel the detective in this book is his team member, Sigurdur Óli. In Reykjavík, Iceland, Detective Sigurdur Óli is approached for a favor by his friend Patrekur. It seems that Patrekur's sister-in-la
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Michael
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: harry roolaart
I appreciate the subtle art in the construction of this police procedural set in Iceland. The plot concerns the bludgeoning murder of a woman accountant known to be involved with her husband in wife swapping. The protagonist in this 10th novel in a series is Sigurdur Óli, a colleague of the usual lead detective, Erlendur, whom I encountered in “Jar City.” He is ordinary in many ways, not brilliant, notably courageous, or driven by ideals, but he doggedly works to get the job done. He discovers t ...more
Carolyn
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arnaldur was quoted in an interview recently as saying:
"I have no understanding of financial markets but I understand that people can be greedy."
For an author who claims little understanding, he has probably written a more lucid and accurate account of the reasons behind Iceland's 2008 crash than anything else I have read. Cheap off-shore credit, poor government oversight and regulation, shonky financial products and the whole neoliberal economic philosophy (even Milton Freidman is o
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Tanja Berg
Since I reserve 1* rating for books I hate, this gets 2. Huge disappointment and total waste of time. I bought this book before I had a falling out with the author's works and it took me a long time before I picked it up. I wish I hadn't. I wish I'd just let it go unread. It is bleak, depressing and boring from start to finish. There is not a likeable character in sight. There is nothing wrong with the plotting and the theme - child pornography - is important, but nothing of value is added. Ther ...more
Melissa
Sep 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a 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 for 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 th ...more
Carol
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arnaldur has a skill for developing characters, even though the characters are unlikable. Another thing I like about this writer is that the violence is off stage. (I am still kicking myself for reading Jo Nesbo, as I don't need his images in my head). Arnaldur's stories are gritty, but without graphic depictions of violence. He leaves it to the reader to fill in the blanks.

I was anxious to read a new “Inspector Erlendur novel” but he, himself, appeared nowhere. As a result, the enti
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Kristine Brancolini
Like other fans of Erlendur, I was worried that a Erlendur mystery without Erlendur might fall a little flat. Plus, Erlendur's colleague Sigurdur Óli, the protagonist of Black Skies is not a very likeable character. Erlendur is endlessly morose and fascinating. That had not been my impression of boring Sigurdur Óli. Ok, I was wrong about all of this. I should have trusted Indriðason. Ostensibly about a murder that is the result of blackmail, there are really three crimes, two related and one unrelate ...more
Sarah
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimepieces
The last book by Arnaldur Indridason, Outrage, saw the usual protagonist of the series, detective Erlunder disappear for an extended leave of absence and the investigation taken up by his female colleague, Elinborg. I enjoyed the book but missed the character of Erlunder so was slightly apprehensive when I noticed he had not yet returned for Black Skies. This time, the central police figure is Sigurdur Óli, known in previous books mainly for his attempts to become a parent with his partner Bergt ...more
Ed
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't impressed with "Jar City" mainly because I found the pace too slow for my taste but I could no longer continue to ignore Arnaldur Indridason's Inspector Erlandur's exceptionally good reviews by my GR Friends. Inspector Erlandur is otherwise occupied here so the action falls to Inspector Sigurdur Oli. Sigurdur is approached by an old school friend to help retrieve some pictures for a friend that is apparently a victim in a blackmail scheme. Sigurdur agrees to help but by not reporting th ...more
Aisling
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Indridason so far. There is something very readable about this series. One of the main plots is grim (the death mask) yet Indridason presents it in a new light and the reader will be deeply moved by the conclusion. Simultaneously the reader is presented with a cautionary tale of greed complicated by police force politics. A third light hearted plotline about someone stealing a newspaper and Sigurdur Oli's personal life round out a great read. Fans of this series will not be disappoin ...more
Frédéric
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, book-2018
Erlendur is still on vacation somewhere. So after Elinborg last book it's Sigurdur Oli's turn to star in this new book which takes place at the same time than Elinborg's.
Sigurdur has to investigate the agression of a libertine blackmailer and dig up the dirty secrets of an icelandic banking system that seems to have lost all sense of values. And reason as well. And then there's the pathetic case of Dresi-who appeared in Arctic chill-who never could get over with what happened to him as a k
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Kim Cl
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is written from the point of view of Sigurdur oli. I like this. He is a fun character, someone with both normal and strange views of the world. He is very real to me.

At the beginning of the story we learn that he has just had a love break. He doesn't feel good about this. And is very much in dubio about it. He has to perform an unwanted task for his mother, and gets a case thrown from his best friend to resolve.

When he tries to solve it, he ends up in different
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Anna
I won a ARC for this book from Goodreads.
Awesome, a new Erlendur novel... Wait, it actually does say "an Inspector Erlendur novel" on the back cover (and "an Icelandic thriller" on the front). But there is no Erlendur here - other than his daughter searching for him in the beginning, and then Sigurdur and Finnur wondering where he is. Without Erlendur, how can this be "an Erlendur novel"?
What we have as the inspector is one of his colleagues instead, Sigurdur Oli. And while I had grown to
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Chris
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-iceland
No Erlendur here, it's all Sigurdur Oli in this tale in which the moral of the story is: as a cop never do a favor for a friend. Siggi goes to talk to a woman who is blackmailing one of his friends with sexual pictures. He walks in on the woman lying on the floor and just misses becoming a victim himself. This plot line is the heart of the book and it goes along many twists and turns until it culminates. There are also some "unrelated" plot lines that end up leaving you wondering about the valid ...more
Jeffrey
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He's amazing, Indridason - sweet and soulful - I don't know another mystery writer except perhaps for Camilleri who is able to weave you so artfully into the lives of his characters, the setting, their moral dilemmas, the angst of being police detectives and, of course, the crimes themselves - here he takes us into the world of Sigurdur Oli, as Outrage took us into the world of Elinborg (this book more or less takes place in the same moment as Outrage!) - the breakup of his marriage, his to the ...more
Kerry
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second novel in the series in which Inspector Erlendur is absent, and to me, it felt a bit as though the author was on sabbatical as well. I just couldn't relate to or care much about the cynical misanthropic detective Sigurdur Oli. He's a deliberately unlikeable character, and that normally creates an amusing dynamic on the investigative team, but I had a tough time wading through this particular volume. A passable mystery story despite this.
Berit Lundqvist
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Erlendur is still on vacation in Eastern Iceland, and his co-worker Sigurdur Olí gets his fifteen minutes of fame.

A man, a suspected blackmailer, has been found killed in a shabby Reykjavík apartment. In parallel to this, Sigurdur Olí makes a police rookie mistake. He Gives a personal favour to a friend, and walks just right into another murder case.

The latter directs him directly into Icelands financial world of the mid 80’s, just before the devastating bank crash.
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Nick Davies
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
If half-stars existed, I might've given this three and a half.. but in truth it didn't quite do enough to merit a four. A well-plotted Nordic Noir novel set in Iceland, grumpy cop tracking down who killed a woman suspected of blackmailing folk involved in swinging, a side-plot about a man taking revenge on his abuser.

It - like the only other Indriðason novel I read - felt a bit like it was missing something in the translation, parts nicely written and evocative, parts a little plain
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Dorothy
If Sigurður Óli lived in 2016 America, he'd be a yuge Donald Trump supporter. He would attend the rallies (probably wearing a tee shirt with the Confederate flag emblazoned on it) and would happily participate in the evicting and maybe roughing up of any protesters or Muslims who dare to show up. He is an angry right-winger who is dissatisfied with the way Icelandic society is going. It's letting in too many immigrants. It's providing too strong a safety net. It's too soft on crime.

That
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Tom Donaghey
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, mystery, nordic
BLACK SKIES by Arnaldur Indrioason is his ninth Nordic noir mystery set in Reykjavik, Iceland. It is part of the Inspector Erlendur series but this time out the Inspector is on holiday. In his place is Sigurdur Oli, another detective. When Oli is asked by a long time friend to help a third party with a minor problem, Oli reluctantly agrees.
It seems the friend and his wife are something of a swinging couple who managed to hook up with the wrong pair. The result is a blackmail threat via p
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Richard
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another very readable crime mystery by the great storyteller Arnaldur Indridason.Where other authors quickly return to their familiar and popular crime detectives to lead their stories, often bringing them back from the dead, Indridason leaves Erlunder literally in the wilderness, the back and beyond of Iceland, finding himself. So we have the quality of his writing to carry the book. In the previous one set at the set time Elinborg takes the lead, while here it falls upon Sigurdur Oli carri ...more
Joel Brown
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compared to the Jonathan Kellerman book I just reviewed, where he seemed to be going through the motions, this was a joy to read. Well, except for the violence and perversion. But murder mystery fans know what I mean. Arnaldur Indriðason is just about the best thing going now in procedural mysteries, with the bonus of exploring the unfamiliar Icelandic setting.

This is the second book in a row where his main detective, the brooding Erlendur, is offstage on some sort of mysterious "vac
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Robin
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why this is called An Inspector Erlendur novel is hard to fathom. Like the previous novel in this series, Outrage, Erlendur does not appear, but one of his lieutenants, Sigurdur Oli, takes centre stage (it was Elinborg in the last book).

At first, Erlendur fans may feel let down, and these two novels for me are not as compelling as Erlendur's story. But this is still well worth reading. Oli is the least sympathetic of the trio of detectives, and at first I wondered how Indidason was g
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Mary


This novel concerns several "mysteries"--the murder of slutty Lina, the agony of Andres, and the disappearance of Thorfinnur. Oh, and in a humorous little side-story, the thievery of Gudmunda's newspaper. Sigurdur Oli grumbles his way through the investigation(s) while coming to terms with his split from Bergthora. (Don't you just love these Icelandic names?) I found the story of Andres very compelling and sad and would've liked to read a bit more about him and less about the financial shenaniga
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Nancy Oakes
For the long review, click on through. With Black Skies, as usual, Indridason gives his readers a novel that is well worth the wait since the last one. In the previous novel, Outrage, Elinborg was the star of the show; this time it's Sigurdur Oli in the limelight as he tries to figure out who is behind the very savage beating of a blackmailer. Even without Erlendur (who I'm really missing now), it's a really good read, one I can definitely recommend to readers of Scandinavian crime fiction. A word of advice: don't le ...more
Mary
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This latest of the series, is quite good and Sigurdur Oli heads up this investigation. When a friend of his asks him to help his wifes brother in-law and sister, who are being blackmailed as a result of a Swingers group they were involved in, against his better judgement he agrees to call on the blackmailing couple in question to have a word and arrives to find the lady in question, in a pool of blood in her home. The attacker is still in the house and he hits Sigurdur with a baseball bat and es ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Love these books - but I miss Erlendur
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. In this novel he shows total integrity and dedication. Besides, he encounters some gross injustices in this book that teach him a measure of compassion.
The story in this novel starts when Sigurdur does a favour for a friend and it turns into his being a
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Elizabeth Sulzby
Black Skies is an Inspector Erlandur novel without the Inspector. Instead, his colleague Sigundur Oli goes pretty much rogue in following some wishes of his personal friends. Novel starts with a statement that does not seem to be of much importance about how Sigundur Oli does not have any regard for those in the "lower strata" of society in Iceland in his days. Since Sigunder himself has slipped from his original aims, this increases the reader's distain for him and wish for Erlandur to come bac ...more
Linda Prieskorn
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the last of the series that has been released in the states. The book featured Sigudur Oli, Erlendur is still on leave. Sigundur is the least affable of the three detectives on the team. He is arrogant and classist. His wife has left him because of his callous feelings about her inability to conceive. Inspite of his unfeeling characteristics, one of Icelands homeless finds him a great confidante, this is the basis for solving one of the dark crimes in the book. Another of the crimes he m ...more
Barbpie
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic
Erlendur is on leave in Eastern Iceland and never appears at all in Black Skies although he is mentioned from time to time by his colleagues. Sigurdur Oli is left to try and solve a case of blackmail and murder among the members of a swingers club, some of whom are old school friends of his. Meanwhile, Siggi (he hates to be called that!) has heard from his dad that he is in a risk group for prostate cancer. Bad things happen in threes and to add insult to injury, his ex Bergthora is seeing someo ...more
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Arnaldur Indriðason has the rare distinction of having won the Nordic Crime Novel Prize two years running. He is also the winner of the highly respected and world famous CWA Gold Dagger Award for the top crime novel of the year in the English language, Silence of the Grave.

Arnaldur’s novels have sold over 14 million copies worldwide, in 40 languages, and have won numerous well-respected prizes an
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“It was not like the old days and they both knew it. They were weighed down by the awareness of their failed relationship, of the wasted years, of the feelings that were no more, of the shared life that had unravelled. They were like weary receivers winding up a bankruptcy; all that remained was to tie up the loose ends and settle the final claims." (Black Skies)” 3 likes
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