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A man is making a crude leather mask with slits for eyes and mouth, and an iron spike fixed in the middle of the forehead. It is a 'death mask', once used by Icelandic farmers to slaughter calves. He has revenge in mind. Meanwhile, with Detective Erlendur absent, his baseball-loving colleague Sigurdur Óli is in the spotlight. A school reunion has left Sigurdur Óli dissatisfied with life in the police force. Iceland is enjoying an economic boom and young tycoons are busy partying with the international jet set. In contrast, Sigurdur 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 favour to a friend he walks in just as a woman is beaten unconscious. When she dies, Sigurdur Óli has a murder investigation on his hands. The evidence leads to debt collectors, extortionists, swinging parties. But when a chance link connects these enquiries to the activities of a group of young bankers, Sigurdur Óli finds himself investigating the very elite he had envied.
Moving from the villas of Reykjavík'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.
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By EileenT on 05-15-17
a sad one
I knew indridason would find a way to make me feel for sigurdur oli. I was so glad when I realized that we would get to learn more about andres, though of all the sad stories in this series so far, his has been the saddest. It was hard to spend time with him, even as a reader, with the option to press pause. his story stays with you. I love the respect indridason gives to each character. there are no disposable people in this world, and it is always a joy to read an author who is aware of that.
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By Leonard on 12-30-13
I read one of Indridason's quite a while ago and found the plot to be very farfetched. Luckily, when I selected Black Skies for download, I did not remember the previous novel. The characters in this novel are well developed and all very believeable. Having visited Iceland for an extended period, I could picture many of the places the author uses. Guidall's narration was first rate. I look forward to checking out the novels in this series.
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