"Indridason fills the void that remains after you've read Stieg Larsson's novels." —USA Today
Arnaldur 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, in Outrage, 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.
El nborg, Inspector Erlender's female detective colleague, takes charge of a case in Indridason's subpar seventh Icelandic thriller (after 2009's Hypothermia). When El nborg and her team investigate the murder of Run lfur, an inoffensive young man whose half-dressed, butchered body was found in his Reykjav k flat, they find a date rape drug, Rohypnol, on his person and later, during the autopsy, stuffed down his throat. El nborg'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 El nborg'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.
Great book, especially for those of us who have read others by the author, however, I was disappointed Erlendur, usually the main character, was absent in this book. Still a great police procedural.
Different perspective, still great
I understand that some of Indridason's regular readers miss Erlundur as the main protagonist. But that Indridason can write such a fine story focused on Elinborg shows what a great writer he is.
Really Great Writer
I always look forward to Indridason's books. They are more that run of the mill detective stories. True, this book is a nearly perfect police procedural without all the sensationalism of some recent Scandinavian writers, but it is so much more. It's steeped in Icelandic geography, customs, & behavior, warts and all. Characters are wonderfully low key, even the bad guys. The ending leaves the door open for the next book...I'm waiting...