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Strange Shores (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Arnaldur Indridason
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"A fascinating story and the resolution of Mattildur's disappearance feels authentic and believable. Readers who like retribution in their crime novels may find Erlunder's balanced, free-from-judgemental approach difficult to comprehend, but to me this was one of the most appealing aspects of the novel. I couldn't think of a more perfect way to say goodbye to one of my favourite fictional characters" Reading Matters "Black Skies is one of, if not the best, of Indridason's books" -- Michael Carlson Crime Time "Indridason is perhaps the best crime writer alive... Masterful as ever" Sydney Sun Herald "Essential Scandi-fiction" Sunday Express "An international literary phenomenon - and it's easy to see why. His novels are gripping, authentic, haunting and lyrical" HARLAN COBEN

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A missing woman. A missing boy. Detective Erlendur returns - for the last time

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1364 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846557119
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (15 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099563347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099563341
  • ASIN: B00CQ1D30U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Arnaldur Indridason worked for many years as a journalist and critic before he began writing novels. Outside Iceland, he is best known for his crime novels featuring Erlendur and Sigurdur Óli, which are consistent bestsellers across Europe. The series has won numerous awards, including the Nordic Glass Key and the CWA Gold Dagger.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erlandur Redux? 20 Aug 2013
By James
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Or perhaps not. It is, in all likelihood, the last. Beautifully and simply written, gloomy and gruesome and tender. Of all the Nordic noir writers, Indridason is the most soulful and the most spare. Not all the books in the series are as effective - they dip when Erlandur is not the main protagonist - nor are they always similar in mood or intent, but this, the seeming last of them, is one of the best and the most moving - a quality all the books have.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end for Erlendur? 15 Aug 2013
By Raven TOP 500 REVIEWER
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And so the end is near, and Detective Erlendur faces his final curtain. Billed as the last book of the superlative Murder In Reykavik series to feature Erlendur, I will of course endeavour not to give anything away in terms of how likely he is to return or not, not wishing to mar your own journey across the frozen wastes with our long established Icelandic detective...

From the initial epigraph, taken from a poem by Icelandic poet Snorri Hjartarson, the novel carries a strange ethereal air, compounded by Erlendur's involvement in two missing person cases, firmly rooted in the distant past. Indridason uses the conceit of Erlendur being on vacation to facilitate this, and crucially camping out in the ruins of his childhood home, neatly casting the pall of past events over the novel. From the haunting echoes of his past life that Erlendur experiences, as he revisits his brother's disappearance when they were young boys, to the case of a missing woman, Matthildur, from many years previously that piques his interest as a detective, the associated guilt and the sense of unfinished business looms large throughout. Erlendur doggedly tracks the course of events leading to the woman's disappearance, stirring up some uncomfortable truths and uncovering the wounds of the past in a controlled and slow burning, but eminently satisfactory central plot. Indridason employs his characteristic sublime pacing neatly reflecting the slow march of time, but also how incidental this is for those whose lives are so defined by events of the past.

The more elderly and curmudgeonly characters Indridason employs in this storyline are a joy, providing a wonderful mirror image of Erlendur's own tendencies towards these darker and introspective moods.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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A new Arnaldur novel is always an event, but this book confirms that he is in the very first rank of contemporary novelists. This seems to me the most Icelandic of the Reykjavik series, but you don't have to be aware of its literary hinterland to be drawn into both the central emotional trajectory and the unfolding events that fuel it. The Nobel-winning Nobel author Halldor Laxness would have been proud of the ending, and there is no higher praise. Although part of a terrific series, this stands on its own merits. The translation is superb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This was another simply brilliant novel by Arnaldur Indridason. Erlendur, the protagonist in all the other Reykjavik series books, returns to the moors of Iceland to investigate a 60 year old case, and search for his brother Beggi out on the moors, an ongoing side event in the previous novels. The descriptions by Indridason are once again fantastic, and like all Icelandic authors I have read, Indridason once again manages to create a tale full of melancholy and mystery. This is an absolutely brilliant novel, easily his best yet, but you need to read the other novels in the series first to truly appreciate this gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I think I have read in translation most of his novels. He is an outstanding contemporary writer who deals with modern themes in an emotional depth unmatched for me by any other at present. This novel seems to be cobbled together It takes themes used in previous novels which were hinted at and occupied a subsidiary role in other plot lines( and were all the more powerful for that) to a conclusion. Unfortunately it did not involve me in the way the preceding novels did. I think it is lightweight in comparison to them but compared to other present novelists writing in the same genre it is superior.I have such respect for this writer that I will still buy if possible all future novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant Nordic melancholia 7 Aug 2014
By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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With "Strange Shores", Arnaldur Indrišason finally wraps up a story thread which he has been dangling tantalisingly under readers' noses for the previous two books in this series of 'Reykjavik Murder Mysteries', "Outrage" and "Black Skies". In the process, he also completes a story arc that has been running pretty much through the entire series and almost certainly closes the series for good.

For English-language readers, "Strange Shores" is the ninth volume in this series of books, whilst anyone able to read them in the original Icelandic, "Furšustrandir" clocks in as the eleventh. Victoria Cribb's beautifully idiomatic translation is as masterful as ever, The book is a complete change of scene from all others in the series, being set in the eastern fjord region of Iceland rather than in or around its capital, Reykjavik. It also involves no contemporary murder mystery nor even, it would appear, a crime of any sort. Instead we find Erlendur spending a period of leave from his job in the capital pursuing his increasing obsession with historical disappearances including, in this case, a highly personal one. None of the regular extras -- neither Erlendur's work colleagues nor any of his somewhat dysfunctional offspring -- feature in the book at all but I suspect most readers will not miss them as the storyline here is so riveting, any distraction from its unfolding would be irritating in the extreme.

This is an essential read for those who have been following the series through the earlier volumes. The story does stand on its own but cannot be recommended to anyone with any intention of reading others in the series -- and after reading this, you will want to read the rest!
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