has been crime writing’s best-kept secret … until now.
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
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 favor 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, and 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. Download and start listening now!