A Roundup of Reviews

Tom Nolan of The Wall Street Journal thinks highly of Arndaldur Indridason’s The Draining Lake, “a book as subtle and moving as it is suspenseful.” But his opening reminds me of how jarring it is to have this series tagged as “”Reykjavik Thrillers.” Though I find the books exhileratingly good, it seems silly to classify them as thrillers, given their sublte structure, well-developed characters, and unapologetic realism.

Peter Rozovsky considers the same book, commenting on the way the Icelandic setting plays into the book, as well as the propensity of Scandinavian crime fiction writers to delve into the past for their mysteries.

Uriah, meanwhile, praises the lasting power of Sjowall and Wahloo’s Martin Beck series, give a thumb’s up to Paradise by Liza Marklund. And he notes a peculiarity of one of her photoshopped covers.

And catching up belatedly with posts at International Noir Fiction, Glen Harper reviews Henning Mankell’s collection of short stories, The Pyramid, “a fitting sequel or prequel, depending on whether you think of it as the first or last of the series.”

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  1. Thanks for the mention. I found reason to invoke Icelandic crime novels tonight at my latest Noir at the Bar reading. The author, Jonathan Maberry, was reading from his new bio-terrorism thriller, but the guy crosses genre boundaries like nobody’s businesses. He’s an author about and a student of zombies, for instance, and he endorses the proposition that zombie films increase in number in times of social unrest.

    Since I’d asked Yrsa Sigurðardóttir how she thought Iceland’s current financial crisis might affect its crime fiction, I naturally raised the prospect that Iceland might produce the world’s first financial zombie films.
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