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Young Erlendur series (book 211 Oblivion)

This book is included in The Icelanders Cometh crowdfunding campaign run by the Jolabokaflod Book Campaign to raise money for UK libraries to spend on titles translated into English by Icelandic authors to mark World Book Night and UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day


The Quick: 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.

The Dead: 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.

The Forgotten: Many years before, a schoolgirl went missing. The world has forgotten her. But Erlendur has not.

The Searcher: Erlendur Sveinsson is a newly promoted detective with a battered body, a rogue CIA operative and America’s troublesome presence in Iceland to contend with. In his spare time he investigates a cold case. He is only starting out but he is already up to his neck.


‘The prince of gloom.’ New York Times

‘One of the greats of modern crime fiction.’ Sunday Times

‘The king of Icelandic crime fiction.’ Financial Times

‘His novels are gripping, authentic, haunting and lyrical.’ Harlan Coben

‘Gripping.’ Mail on Sunday