by Joachim B. Schmidt

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LoveReading Expert Review of Kalmann

This affectionately comical yet beautiful and unique Icelandic mystery ensures the reader sits on the edge of a precipice before understanding strikes.

Thoroughly provocative, punchy, thoughtful and empathetic, I found this novel and its narrator to be an unforgettable reading experience. While his thoughts often put him on a different track to others, Kalmann is a hunter. His discovery of blood in the snow lead the police to believe a missing businessman has been murdered, even though there is no body. Kalmann has the most wonderfully distinctive voice, it feels open and trusting, and he appears to see the small almost inconsequential things that actually really matter. The plot hums along, the connection to Kalmanm grows, and Joachim B Schmidt encouraged the suspense to hover over me as I read. I found myself waiting, ready to tip one way or the other as my thoughts tripped and twisted. Translator Jamie Lee Searle does a cracking job, I felt as though I belonged, even while exclaiming at the differences. The impact of Kalmann shouldn’t be underestimated, he creeps under your skin and sits there quite contentedly waiting for your reaction. A worthy LoveReading Star Book, Kalmann is strikingly vivid, surprising, and incredibly powerful too. Loved it!

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Kalmann Synopsis

Kalmann is the self-appointed Sheriff of Raufarhöfn. Day by day, he treks the wide plains which surround the almost deserted village, hunts Arctic foxes and lays bait in the sea ? to catch the gigantic Greenland sharks he turns into the Icelandic fermented delicacy, hákarl. There is nothing anyone need worry about. Kalmann has everything under control. Inside his head, however, the wheels sometimes spin backwards. One winter, after he discovers a pool of blood in the snow, the swiftly unfolding events threaten to overwhelm him. But he knows that his native wisdom and pure-hearted courage will see him through. There really is no need to worry. How can anything go wrong with Kalmann in charge? He knows everything a man needs to know about life – well almost.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781913394684
Publication date: 19th May 2022
Author: Joachim B. Schmidt
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Primary Genre Crime and Mystery
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Joachim B. Schmidt Press Reviews

"Schmidt's novels show sensitivity to how the accumulation of seemingly small events makes up the drama of human life. " Sjo?n, Icelandic novelist, poet and frequent lyricist for Björk

"A Swiss author writes a book that takes place in Raufarho?fn and creates characters that are more Icelandic than anything Icelandic. What kind of magician is this?" Hallgri?mur Helgason ( author of 101 Reykjavi?k

"Schmidt reveals himself to be an incredibly empathetic and skilled narrator with a strong sense for light humour"--Tages-Anzeiger, Zurich

"That a Swiss author could write the best Iceland mystery novel of the year is something you deem improbable only until you read this book."--Krimibestenliste, Hamburg

"A novel that reads like an Icelandic Fargo. Crude, droll, bloody, very funny and with a multitude of surprising twists". - Radio O?1, Vienna

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