Joachim B. Schmidt
Translated by Jamie Lee Searle
A touching and very funny Nordic crime thriller with a difference. No gratuitous violence, no revenge porn. A tightly plotted suspense story based on a mentally challenged character described with empathy, humour and psychological tact. Forrest Gump meets Fargo.
Sjón: “Joachim B. Schmidt’s novels show a sensitivity to how the accumulation of seemingly small events makes up the drama of human life.”
This atmospheric crime thriller laced with humour is set in the village of Raufarhöfn in the far north of Iceland. Kalmann Odinsson is the self-appointed Sheriff of his town. He is 34, neurodiverse and hunts Arctic foxes and catches gigantic Greenland sharks for a living. He was brought up by his grandfather who taught him how to hunt and fish and “nearly everything else a man needs to know about life”.
Mocked--but also loved by some, one of his many dreams is to find a wife. But he must first extricate himself from the mess he gets into when he comes upon a frozen pool of human blood in the winter snow. When it becomes apparent that local bigwig Robert McKenzie has just gone missing, the hunt is on to find McKenzie’s body and his murderer. In a macabre turn of events, McKenzie’s hand is discovered in the belly of a shark that Kalmann brings in.