Outrage An Inspector Erlendur novel

Arnaldur Indriðason, 1961-

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Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : Minotaur Books 2012, c2011.
Edition
1st U.S. ed
Language
English
Icelandic
Item Description
Originally published: London : Harvill Secker, 2011.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
Physical Description
281 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN
9780312659110
0312659113
Main Author
Arnaldur Indriðason, 1961- (-)
Other Authors
Anna Yates, 1955- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Series protagonist Erlendur, the gloomy, tormented Icelandic cop (Hypothermia, 2010), neglects to tell his fellow detectives that he is taking a leave of absence to visit his boyhood home in the Eastern Fjords, and Elinborg, who assumes his duties, is confronted by a violent and bloody murder mystery made more complex by the likelihood that the victim was a serial rapist. The mother of three children, Elinborg bores into the investigation determined to find the killer, but she is pained by the long hours that keep her from her family. She's especially concerned by her eldest son's growing estrangement from her. Indridason again uses the police-procedural form to offer insights into Icelandic society and culture, but by featuring Elinborg, Outrage avoids the bleakness and emotional claustrophobia that Erlendur carries around with him. As fine and as psychologically astute as the Erlendur novels are, Elinborg's ability to manage her own emotional burdens is a tonic. Additionally, the details of Icelandic police procedure in a murder investigation—in a country that has only a handful of murders each year—are genuinely fascinating. The result is a deeply compelling procedural that should provide Indridason an even wider audience than he already has found. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

With Inspector Erlendur off on unknown personal business, detectives Sigurdor Óli and Elínborg are left in charge of the violent crimes unit in Reykjavik, Iceland. A generally sleepy department is shaken at the discovery of a hanging man drained of blood, his mouth stuffed with Rohypnol. Slowly, Elínborg unravels the dead man's horrific past, linking him to a series of vicious sexual assaults. Despite her lack of sympathy for the victim, Elínborg must track down the man's victims, sort through their psychological wreckage, and locate his killer. Indridason's novel bucks a current tendency toward narrative foreshadowing, its chapters instead following Elínborg and her bit-by-bit detection. Clues are uncovered gradually, red herrings appear, characters remain opaque, and frustration abounds. VERDICT Fans of old-school sleuthing and new-school crime thrillers alike will relish this terrific read with its modern heroine but old-fashioned, meticulous approach. ­Indridason has written several Inspector ­Erlendur novels (Silence of the Grave; Jar City) and is the recipient of numerous European crime novel awards. —J. Rogers, Reynolds Community Coll., Richmond (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Elínborg, Inspector Erlender's female detective colleague, takes charge of a case in Indridason's subpar seventh Icelandic thriller (after 2009's Hypothermia). When Elínborg and her team investigate the murder of Runólfur, an inoffensive young man whose half-dressed, butchered body was found in his Reykjavík flat, they find a date rape drug, Rohypnol, on his person and later, during the autopsy, stuffed down his throat. Elínborg's search for answers leads her to the victim's village, where she discovers that old sins can cast long shadows and outrage can induce a person to take extraordinary and uncharacteristic measures. While Indridason provides his usual insights into Icelandic society and culture, lucky breaks mark much of the plodding police work, and the meandering forays into Elínborg's personal life—the demands of raising three children, the pleasure she takes in cooking—may make her more human but don't add much of interest. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When Detective Erlender places her in charge during his leave of absence, Elinborg tackles a disturbing serial rapist case that has the local police racing against time to prevent another attack. By the award-wining author of Silence of the Grave.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When Detective Erlender places her in charge during his leave of absence, Elinborg tackles a disturbing serial rapist case that has the local police racing against time to prevent another attack.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Indridason fills the void that remains after you've read Stieg Larsson's novels." --USA TodayArnaldur Indridason has proven himself to be a master of the mystery genre with his critically acclaimed Inspector Erlunder series, which has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. Now, inOutrage, this superlative crime writer author has written his best book to date, with exceptional prose, heart pounding suspense, and a mystery that is not solved until the last page.Haunted by personal demons, Detective Erlunder decides to take a short leave of absence, putting a female detective, Elínborg, in charge while he is gone. When a troubling case lands on Elínborg's desk, she's quickly thrust into a violent and volatile situation with extremely high stakes. Soon, her investigation uncovers a twisted tale of double lives that may be connected to the unsolved disappearance of a young girl. The clock is ticking to solve the case before a serial rapist strikes again.Reviewers everywhere rave about Indridason's smart and fast-paced Reykjavík thrillers, which exemplify the very best in international crime fiction. Perfect for the many devoted fans of this series as well as for the reader who's never visited Iceland through Indridason's books, Outrage will lead you down a trail of hidden violence, psychological brutality, and wrongs that may never fully be righted.