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Monday, April 16, 2018

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: The Ice Swimmer by Kjell Ola Dahl

The Ice Swimmer
by Kjell Ola Dahl

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour!
As Book 8 in the Oslo Detective series, this reads fantastically as a standalone. 

Come see the synopsis, about the author, my review and the tour stops below.

Publisher: Orenda Books
Publish Date:  April 30, 2018
276 pages
Series:  Oslo Detectives #8
Genres:  Police Procedural, Nordic Noir, Mystery

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.

One of the godfathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. 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 Frølich. 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 sold over two million copies. He lives in Oslo.

My Review:

Just last year I was introduced property to the Nordic Noir genre and have fallen greatly in love.  Despite my vast hunger to try and read all things in this genre, this is my first Kjell Ola Dahl.  I was a little hesitant like I always am, walking into a series without reading from book one... and this is 8th in the Oslo Detectives series.  No worries though! For those who may be hesitant, DON'T BE - this actually reads extremely well as a stand alone!

I actually am enthralled with Detective Lena's character.  Girl has a LOT going on - the synopsis pretty much sums it up - cancer scare, crazy ex, weird, unreliable current and now a possible conspiracy.  PHEW!  Girl needs some Calgon to take her away. 

I can most certainly see why this author is considered one of the godfathers of Nordic Noir.  He spins his tale with ease and keeps you guessing up until the very end.  Intricately plotted, this police procedural leaves no stone unturned and closes the case with a satisfying ending that leaves you satiated. 


1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your continued #TeamOrenda support x