It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Ice Swimmer by Kjell Ola Dahl. I’d like to thanks Anne Cater for inviting me in to the tour and to Orenda Books for providing an ARC. Let’s check it out……
I must confess, this was the first of the Oslo Detectives series that I had read, and shame on me for not discovering the series before now!! With all that said, The Ice Swimmer can definitely be read as a standalone, as it was an introduction to Detective Lena Stigersand, rather than a continuation of the Gunnarstranda and Frolich storyline.
I’m fast becoming a fan of what is generally termed as ‘Nordic Noir’, as there is just something about the setting and extreme cold that strikes a chord with me. It’s the sort of book that makes me want to get my butt over to Oslo for a visit (although I’ll maybe buy a nice warm jacket before I go ❄️☃️).
The Ice Swimmer is based around the death of a civil servant, but throws a number of other deaths into the mix to form an intricately woven tale of murder and political intrigue. It was one of those books that was gliding along quite nicely and then all of a sudden ……. BAM….things really get ramped up a notch!! I’m a big fan of great characters in books and, with Lena, I got a character that I could really buy into. A fine mixture of her struggles at work and some personal health issues really brought her story to the fore, and I would hope that Dahl had some plans to write more of Lena in the future.
The political element of the book works really well here and reminded me a little of some of Rankin’s Rebus novels. While I love a bit of escapism in the books that I read, there was just something realistic about this one that made it all the more believable. Before long I found myself burning through the pages and racing my way through the pages to its highly satisfying conclusion.
There were also a number of great characters in this book, but I don’t want to give too much away on certain individuals for fear of ruining the story for you all. Suffice to say, not everybody should be taken at face value and may have motives that aren’t immediately clear.
Anyway, I absolutely loved this book. Definitely one for all you police procedural lovers out there, and those of you who love your Nordic Noir. There were absolutely no spoilers for the previous books in the series, so I will definitely be making a point of working my way through them in the very near future.
The Oslo Detectives are back in another slice of gripping, dark Nordic Noir…
Introducing Detective Lena Stigersand.
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.