The Ice Swimmer by Kjell Ola Dahl @orendaBooks @ko_dahl @AnneCater#TheIceSwimmer #BookReview #BlogTour

img_5332Published April 2018 Orenda Books

Book Description

The Oslo Detectives are back in another slice of gripping, dark Nordic Noir, and their new colleague has more at stake than she’s prepared to reveal…

The return of Gunnarstranda and Frolich, with young female detective, Lena Stigersand, taking a leading role

SIXTH in the bestselling Oslo Detectives series

From the pen of the godfather of Nordic Noir, winner of the Brage and Riverton Prizes 

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.

With her trusted colleagues, Gunnarstranda and Frolich, 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 too  close to her personal life for comfort.

Dark, complex and nail – bitingly tense, The Ice Swimmer is the latest in the critically acclaimed Oslo Detective series.

Translated by Don Bartlett

My Thoughts

Wow! Yes Orenda Books have done it again, another superb piece of Scandi Noir…another great crime series that seems to have passed me by, until now.

Dark, complex and nail – bitingly tense, it is all those, with a terrific female detective leading up this investigation in the form of Lena Stigersand, focused and driven, cool and collected, determined, but also vulnerable and somehow alone.  A well rounded character, very much focussed on the investigation in this book but with some references to family and some trouble ahead due to health problems, Lena struck me as very pragmatic, getting the job done and not allowing herself to be distracted by anything else.  The author struck a fine balance between the investigation, at the heart of the plot but developing the characters, particularly Lena to engage the reader.  I found myself really feeling sorry for Lena when she was played – you’ll need to read the book to find out how, but I was impressed by her inner strength to carry on when really thinks were pretty messed up for her on a number of levels.

The plot was intricate in classic Scandi Noir style, with a number of characters and sub plots, however in the vein of The Millenium Trilogy this flowed well, I was able to comfortably keep track of what was going on and who was who, with very little referring back.  As a book it had me gripped, the chapters were chronologically set by day with sub chapters detailing different characters actions on that particular day, the chapters were pretty short and it was very easy to read just one more… Crime and conspiracy, secrets and lies in the biting cold of Oslo.  Perfect!

Author Bio

img_5251One of the godfathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjovik.  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 Frolich.  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.


This is a blog tour so do check out what others have to say about this great book.  Special thanks to Anne Cater for arranging and inviting me to be part of this and to Orenda Books for providing me with a review copy.



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