When a dead man is lifted from the freezing waters of Oslo Harbour just before Christmas, Detective Lena Stigersands stressful life suddenly becomes even complicated Not only is she dealing with a cancer scare, a stalker and an untrustworthy boyfriend, but it seems both a politician and Norways security services might be involved in the murderWith her trusted colleagues, Gunnarstranda and Frlich, 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 comfortDark, 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 NoirIf you want your worst fears about what goes on inside a cops mind confirmed, meet KO Dahls Oslo sleuths, Gunnarstranda and Frlich impossible to put down GuardianUtterly convincing Publishers WeeklyA masterclass in plotting, atmosphere and character that finely balances shocking twists with the coppers complicated personal lives The Times Crime ClubA chilling novel about betrayal Sunday TimesIf you have never sampled Dahl, now is the time to try Daily MailMore than gripping European Literature NetworkThe perfect example of why Nordic Noir has become such a popular genre Readers DigestDramatic, fast paced and character focused Crime ReviewSkilful blend of police procedural and psychological insight Crime Fiction LoverFiercely powerful and convincing LoveReading

14 thoughts on “The Ice Swimmer (Oslo Detectives Book 6) (English Edition)

  1. Spicewalker Spicewalker says:

    The Ice Swimmer sees Detective Lena Stigersand in the spotlight leading the investigation into the suspicious death of a young man found floating in the harbour It initially seems as though the man may have fallen accidentally, under the influence of alcohol it being so close to Christmas and all But things are never as straightforward as they may seem, and with the young man in question having had dinner with a key political figure just prior to his death, certain questions begin to arise This leads Lena into a very complicated investigation, often constrained by the political clout of one of the key witnesses, an investigation which ultimately puts her in grave danger In contrast to Lena s apparent case, Gunnarstranda is faced with an altogether messier but seemingly open and shut case that of a junkie who was killed after stepping in front of a train Again, this looks like at worst an accident, at best, a case of suicide but Gannarstranda has an itch he needs to scratch, a sort of doubt about the ins and out of the case itself The facts he uncovers lead to some very surprising conclusions What I loved about this book is the way in which Kjell Ola Dahl creates such a sense of authenticity in setting and character Oslo is painted clearly for the reader, the sights, sounds and senses, as well as providing a vibrant picture of the political and environmental concerns informing this story All of the nuances in the writing style feed into the narrative perfectly and create an atmospheric backdrop for an intriguing and thrilling mystery Character wise, Lena would be considered a formidable opponent for any foe Typically tenacious and determined, she is also slightly off kilter in this book, her normal common sense approach sidetracked by her fears for her own personal health we see her questioning her own future, the priorities she thought she had, and in her need for security and routine against a backdrop of uncertainty, she makes choices that are uncharacteristically at odds with her sense of duty Gunnarstranda is another fascinating character Methodical and thorough in approach, he is a strong character who doesn t suffer fools and is struggling with the incompetence and apparent lackadaisical attitude of new kid on the block, Axel Rise It is hard to get the measure of Rise as a character in the early days, distracted as he is by an over long commute and a lack of understanding of the local team Where Lena and Gunnarstranda make a great team, bouncing off and supporting each other, Rise is very much on his own and not a team player The man who is missing from their team, noticeable by his absence but otherwise occupied, or not, following the events at the end of Faithless, is Fr lich He makes an appearance or two in the book, albeit brief, but is still a key part of the investigation on an unofficial level I do like the trio as a team they work perfectly together and it is a relief to see that Fr lich still had a part to play Pacing is not always fast, I wouldn t expect it of this kind of novel and it is highly typical of the genre to be fair There are moments when it picks up, when the stakes are significantly raised for than one character, but the rest of the novel is steady and measured, exactly as it needs to be The case itself is twisty, the facts being slowly uncovered even as the tension gradually mounts There are moments which will give you chills, and not just as you imagine the cold pre Christmas climate around Oslo There is an ongoing sense of menace which pervades the text, an unnerving undercurrent of mystery and a sense that the truth is right there under your nose if only you could sniff it out Altogether it combines to form a compelling and complex case which will have you chomping down on your nails, waiting to see what happens and if our intrepid team will eventually come good Take nothing at face value as all is not quite as it seems Brilliant stuff.

  2. Susan Hampson Susan Hampson says:

    I cannot think of anything terrifying than someone chasing me through the underground on and off trains, while the world just went about its business, either oblivious to what is happening or choosing to be Well the chase was well and truly on when I opened this book but unfortunately not for long In the freezing cold outside the body of a young man is being pulled from the icy water of the harbour This wasn t going to be any ordinary day for Detective Lena Stigersand or her colleagues Gunnarstranda and Fr lich.I have fallen in love with Nordic Noir and still finding these gems just thrills me every time I loved how the chapters were set out as the story branched from what seemed like random acts of suicide to murder and so much , then seamless connected one after another as the very different cases collided.Now I love an independent strong willed detective, be it a man or woman and here was a sassy lady that was pretty head strong Detective Lena Stigersand has to work for every ounce of happiness in her life but both in her professional and private lives she has been thrown a few curve balls Impulsive decisions put her in jeopardy throughout the story This is a no holds barred lady who isn t afraid of pushing past the big wigs but she steps on some mighty big shoes It makes for hair raising reading.I really loved how Dahl made these characters breathe as each one really came to life in my imagination From the intense fear felt by Stigersand that literally turned my hands cold while I was reading, to my loathing for some characters that really made my skin crawl The translation flowed perfectly with only the characters names being new to me This is really a domino effect story that brings together very different people from all walks of life making them all part of one event Very clever A terrific read

  3. Malcolm R Malcolm R says:

    Meticulously plotted cross between a police procedural and the soap opera of police lives, mainly that of Lena our lead detective but the solution is teamwork with the usuals Gunnarstranda and Fr lich Marred only by several monologues to expand and explain the plot this is a top notch thriller from the less flashy end of the spectrum of Nordic Noir Lutefisk may be a Christmas delicacy but it sounds disgusting white fish, fresh or salted, soaked in lye sodium hydroxide It is up to you to identify who actually is the ice swimmer.

  4. banehawi banehawi says:

    I different twist to the usual police procedural It held my interest all the way throught, a real nail biter at times.

  5. PianoGuyFromSC PianoGuyFromSC says:

    I read this because it was a Kindle deal I ve read and watched many Nordic cop books series and this is an average entry in that genre Even though this was part of a series it wasn t hard to jump in with the characters, who each have their quirks as in the classic Ed McBain cop novels It has the usual Scandinavian paranoia about the government and corporations doing evil deeds and getting away with them I am tempted to read if the price comes down, or I can get them from my library.

  6. Readalot Readalot says:

    Loved what I heard so far about 15 pages However that was the first book read by Aleca The voice, for reading, grated on your nerves, there was no voice modulation Will probably have to buy the e book by itself Will write again when when I m through with reading this book, This husband and wife team, do some really good writing.

  7. SEE SEE says:

    This book was the first in the series and I confess that I may not have been reading them in order where I ve found myself actually caring at all about the primary characters.

  8. reader reader says:

    So packed with personalities Interesting to watch the different investigative approaches Even some of the stable personalities were in growth mode Plot line intrigue was complex and fascinating Highly recommend.

  9. biorganicenergy.co Customer biorganicenergy.co Customer says:

    The series by K O Dahl creates a memorable protagonist and intricate plots with lots of local atmosphere.

  10. Philly Reader Philly Reader says:

    Good storyexcellent writing.worth the money

  11. Rich Rich says:

    Read from my tablet Good bedtime reading.

  12. bern carey bern carey says:

    Writing is excellent as usual but plotting is weak and Lena s is behavior is just stupid Need Frank back much .

  13. Karen Taylor Karen Taylor says:

    A very good police procedural novel with an interesting plot The only criticism I have is that the female characters in the book are not well developed.

  14. J. H. james J. H. james says:

    Big fan of K O Dahl but The Ice Swimmer was a disappointment