The Oslo Detectives are back in another slice of gripping, dark Nordic Noir, and their new colleague has more at stake than she’s prepared to reveal…
When a dead man is lifted from the freezing waters of Oslo Harbour just before Christmas, Detective Lena Stigersand’s stressful life suddenly becomes even more complicated. Not only is she dealing with a cancer scare, a stalker and an untrustworthy boyfriend, but it seems both a politician and Norway’s security services might be involved in the murder.
With her trusted colleagues, Gunnarstranda and Frølich, at her side, Lena digs deep into the case and finds that it not only goes to the heart of the Norwegian establishment, but it might be rather to close to her personal life for comfort. Dark, complex and nail-bitingly tense, The Ice Swimmer is the latest and most unforgettable instalment in the critically acclaimed Oslo Detective series, by the godfather of Nordic Noir.
The Ice Swimmer is available in ebook now and paperback on the 30th April. You can purchase or pre-order your copy here.
The Ice Swimmer is a fantastic, intriguing book that I thoroughly enjoyed! I’ve long been a fan of Nordic Noir, especially the fabulous authors published by Orenda Books, and this was no exception. The story gripped me from the start with two cases for the Oslo Detectives to solve, of two suspected suicides. I was immediately intrigued, especially when it soon becomes apparent that everything is not as it first seems.
The author’s style of writing and pace is very easy to read. I enjoyed how the author tells the story from various points of view. This really helped add to the tension, particularly when something was discovered in one story that could impact on another character’s investigation. The facts of the case are gradually revealed with lots of twists and turns that helped increase my enjoyment and kept me turning the pages. I particularly loved the setting of the Oslo underground and the descriptions of what it’s like underground. I’ve never read much about how an underground railway works so I enjoyed that part of the story.
Gunnarstranda and Lena were my favourite characters in this book. I though their relationship was brilliant, particularly the banter and easy conversations that they have with one another. They seem to care about the investigation and want to find out the truth regardless of pressure from the top to do otherwise. The author cleverly adds in details of their personal lives away from the investigation which makes the reader believe you know them intimately and hope that they will have a good result.
This is the first book by Kjell Ola Dahl I have read and I so look forward to reading more from him. If you are a fan of Nordic Noir or like intriguing crime mysteries then you will love this book.
Huge thanks to Karen from Orenda publishers for my copy of this book and to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour.
About The Author:
One of the godfathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjovik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frolich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.
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