Sagas and crime fiction: A witness for the prosecution
Imagine the tingle of recognition when I read this, from the introduction:
"Saga heroes occupy a social space on the edges of society. The heroes of three of the sagas, The Saga of Grettir the Strong, Gisli Sursson's Saga and The Saga of Hord and the People of Holm, are in fact outlaws. Gunnar Hamundarson of Hlidarendi in Njal's Saga is also technically a criminal when he is killed. Most of the saga heroes are just barely on one side of the other of the law, but it also seems to be true that the law itself is being tested along with the finest men."Substitute shorter American names for the long Nordic ones, and Raymond Chandler could have written that.
© Peter Rozovsky 2009