»There shouldn’t be crime without punishment, I think. But violence comes in all kinds and shapes, it can be the typical psycho murderer or it can be a 12-year-old boy killing his father because of domestic violence. So what justice do we have there, what kind of justice does he deserve? What is justice, is it the punishment the judge gives to you, or is it something that you give yourself, like in Erlendur’s case?«
Icelandic crime: Jake Kerridge in conversation with writer Arnaldur Indriðason about his new novel, Strange Shores. Read the interview at The Telegraph.
»But as to the book itself, it is well worth ejecting five or six conventional thrillers from your holiday luggage and devoting yourself to The Kills for a few days. Like all the best thrillers, it takes you on a hell of a ride, even if by the end you’re not quite sure where exactly it is you’ve arrived at.«
Jake Kerridge is hugely impressed by a 1,000-page multimedia thriller nominated for the Man Booker Prize. His review of The Kills by Richard House you can read at The Telegraph.