The cover of Into Oblivion also calls the book "An Icelandic thriller."
Well, the two book are not thrillers by my account. They're Icelandic quizzicals. The last few chapters of Into Oblivion include some suspense and a bit of violence, but none of it is thrilling. But the rest of the book, like Reykjavik Nights plods along. They made me wonder if the long Icelandic nights left too much time for detailing minor plot points.
Inspector Erlander, the survivor of a childhood trauma that claimed his brother's life, is still in the irresistible clutches of mysterious disappearances. When a murder grasps his attention, an old case from his first years on the force also pulls him into a search for answers. Luckily, he has time to pursue the ancient case because he has help on the murder from a colleague and an American MP from the nearby US Army base.
I don't remember that books by Arnaldur that I read even longer ago (Jar City and The Draining Lake) were so plodding and unexciting. But my memory is faulty and I probably have different standards now. I seem to recall those novels had better and more complex plotting.
So, have you read Into Oblivion? What did you think of it? Was it different from earlier novels? Write. and tell this little bit of the world what you think.
- The publisher's web site
- Grant Nichol's review at Crime Watch
- Brief reviews at Good Reads
- Summary at Publishers Weekly
- Marilyn Brooks' review at Marilyn's Mystery Reads