By Jógvan Isaksen; translated by John Keithsson; reviewed by Jeannette Hartman
The paint is scarcely dry in Hannis Martinsson’s new attic office in the Faroes when he has a visitor.
Hannis is primarily a journalist who has been living in Denmark. He has a talent for finding out things. He plans to use that talent as a private investigator.
Hardly has Hannis agreed under duress to accept Robbins’ assignment than Robbins’ departing plane explodes. Hannis’ office and home are burglarized and he is shot at on several occasions.
About the Author: Jógvan Isaksen (1950 – )
Jógvan Isaksen is a Faroese writer and literary historian. His best known for his crime novels and a book about Faroese literature. He is the head of the Farose publiction house Mentunargrunnur Studentafelagsins, which publishes Faroese books and is the oldest Faroese publishing house (founded in 1910).
After graduating from high school in 1970, Isaksen moved to Denmark to study Nordic philology at Aarhus University. He earned a master’s degree in Scandinavian literartur science in 1982. He has taught Faroese language and literature at the University of Copenhagen since 1986. In 2000, he became the primary editor of the magazine Nordisk litteratur, put out by the Nordic Council.
He started working as a writer in 1978. In addition to his popular crime novels, he has written children’s books and books about Faroese writers and literature. His work has been honor with the Faroese Literature Prize in 1994 and a Faroese government prize in 2006.