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Outrage : an Inspector Erlendur novel
Arnaldur Indridason
Adult Fiction ARNALDU

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Elinborg, Inspector Erlender's female detective colleague, takes charge of a case in Indridason's subpar seventh Icelandic thriller (after 2009's Hypothermia). When Elinborg and her team investigate the murder of Runolfur, an inoffensive young man whose half-dressed, butchered body was found in his Reykjavik flat, they find a date rape drug, Rohypnol, on his person and later, during the autopsy, stuffed down his throat. Elinborg'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 Elinborg'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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

With Inspector Erlendur off on unknown personal business, detectives Sigurdor Oli and Elinborg 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, Elinborg unravels the dead man's horrific past, linking him to a series of vicious sexual assaults. Despite her lack of sympathy for the victim, Elinborg 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 insteadÅfollowingÅElinborg 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 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Erlendur Sveinsson
Male
Age: 50's
Divorced
Obsessed with missing persons cases since the death of his younger brother years ago; on vacation in the East Fjords.
Detective inspector

Elinborg
Female
Married
Raising two rebellious teenage sons and a prodigy daughter; investigating a murder while her boss, Erlendur is on vacation.
Detective inspector

Sigurdur Oli
Male
Erlandur's partner.
Detective inspector



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