Into Oblivion: An Icelandic Thriller (An Inspector Erlendur Series)

Loyal readers of Arnaldur Indridason’s Erlendur series will be thrilled by Into Oblivion, the mesmerizing follow-up to the gritty prequel Reykjavik Nights. Here devoted fans will get another glimpse of Erlendur in his early days as a young, budding detective, while also absorbing plenty about Iceland and what makes the place tick.

It’s 1979. A woman swims in a remote, milky-blue lagoon. Steam rises from the water and as it clears, a body is revealed in the ghostly light. Miles away, a vast aircraft hangar rises behind the perimeter fence of the US military base. A sickening thud is heard as a man’s body falls from a high platform.

Many years before, a schoolgirl went missing, and the world has forgotten her. But Erlendur has not. Erlendur is a newly promoted detective, and he is contending with a battered dead body, a rogue CIA operative, and America’s troublesome presence in Iceland. In his spare time he investigates a cold case. He is only starting out, but he is already deeply involved in his work.

The writer whose work The New York Times describes as “having the sweep and consequence of epic storytelling,” has outdone himself in this multi-layered and masterful novel of suspense.

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  1. Mainly for Arnaldur fans If you are an Inspector Erlendur fan, then you will definitely want to read this book. It’s the second prequel in the series, set in 1978 (although there are a few references to things from 1979). In the first prequel , set in 1974, Erlendur joins the detectives. In this book he is a junior detective, sometimes working with his shadow mentor and superior, Marion, and working another case alone and without…

  2. Erlendur, In The Beginning UOne of the first notions I came to realize in the Erlendur mystery novels based in Reykjavik, Iceland, is that everyone is on a first name basis. That is part of the Icelandic culture. You won’t hear last names very often. Introducing Erlendur, for the first and last time, Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson. ‘Oblivion’ is the 11th book written by Arnaldur Indridason. In the first nine we were introduced to the mature Erlendur, and when that series ended, the author started over with the beginning of…

  3. A young girl vanishes into oblivion, a young man is dispatched into oblivion by a killer… The Icelandic police investigate two cases simultaneously in this book. One case is new. A body is found floating on the milky waters of a lagoon among lava fields. The young man was clearly killed elsewhere and his body brought to this eerie, isolated place to disappear. 

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