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The Ice Swimmer

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Patricia C, Reviewer

Last updated on 17 Jul 2018

I Recommend This Book


The Ice Swimmer by Kjell Ola Dahl is everything I like about Nordic Noir. Great mystery, great characters, and I come away feeling like I was actually in Oslo, Norway. 

The main character, Detective Lena Stigersand, is going through personal health issues while trying to solve a drowning that appears to be much more than an accident. Also helping are Detectives Gunnarstranda and Frolich.

You get a good idea of what it's like to be a detective, both pros and cons. And for us Americans, we learn a few new words that are more common in British English. I love to widen my vocabulary. There is some well researched infornation on political matters.

Now granted I am extremely disposed to like K. O. Dahl's novels as he has been one of my favorite Nordic authors for a few years, but prejudice aside, this is a really good read. And as is usual for a book published by Orenda, the translation is impeccable.

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