Review: Tainted Blood by Arnaldur Indridason (Vintage)

Title: Tainted Blood
Author: Arnaldur Indridason
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 7 December 2006
Own Copy

After reading The Draining Lake I thought I’d go back to the beginning of the series, well the beginning from what’s been published in the UK. Tainted Blood lives up to its title. Detective Erlendur is called to the murder of a man of about 70. As he delves into the man’s past it seems that this case is more than a random act.

The strength of the character of Erlendur is that he follows his nose. He finds clues and connections that aren’t obvious, and most of the time even tangible, but he follows them regardless of the reservations of his colleagues.

This isn’t a fast paced thriller. It’s an unfolding of family and how connections that are hidden have come to the surface by the strangest of means.

Indridason it seems likes to let us follow the train of thought even if we don’t understand where it’s leading until the threads slowly nit together.

It might not be the neatest or best plotted crime novel I’ve read but its stregnths are that it gets to the heart of people and their relationships.

I’ll definitely be reading the next one, Silence of the Grave.

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