#Blogtour The Ice Swimmer by Kjell Ola Dahl (Translated by Don Bartlett)

I am pleased to be on the Blog Tour for Kjell Ola Dahl’s book The Ice Swimmer, which was published by Orenda books on the 28th February 2018.

About the Book

thumbnail_The Ice Swimmer cover

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.

My Review

This is the first book written by Kjell Ola Dahl that I have read, but I have read lots of Noridc Noir books in the past and have loved them all.

The book follows Detective Lena and her team as she investigates the death of a man who is found in the icy waters of Oslo Harbour.

The story follows them as they investigate the death and move onto the fact that the man was murdered.  Whilst trying to find out who committed the murder the team have to investigate high powered politicians and fight against her boss during the case because of this.

There are enough twists, turns and high powered people blocking their way in this case to keep most people intrigued and made me want to keep reading through to the end.

I felt that the book was brilliantly written and, as far as I can tell, was translated well by Don Bartlett.

To purchase the book click here

About the Author


One 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 he lives in Oslo.


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