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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another atmospheric Icelandic crime tale
Outrage is the latest in the series of Icelandic crime novels that follow Reykjavik detective Erlendur. In this, the seventh novel, Erlendur's female colleague Elinborg leads an investigation into the brutal murder of a young man, who is found with date-rape drugs in his flat.

This book is typical of the other novels in the series, depicting the claustrophobic...
Published on 24 July 2011 by AR

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3.0 out of 5 stars "It does no one any good to go stirring up the past."
(3.5 stars) The cover description of this novel as "An Inspector Erlendur Novel" is misleading, since Erlendur, in fact, does not appear at all. At the end of Hypothermia, the previous novel in the Erlendur series, he has gone hiking in the sparsely populated East Fjords and no one has heard from him in almost two weeks. Elinborg, now in charge of the office, is quite...
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another atmospheric Icelandic crime tale, 24 July 2011
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Outrage is the latest in the series of Icelandic crime novels that follow Reykjavik detective Erlendur. In this, the seventh novel, Erlendur's female colleague Elinborg leads an investigation into the brutal murder of a young man, who is found with date-rape drugs in his flat.

This book is typical of the other novels in the series, depicting the claustrophobic nature of life in Iceland, which is influenced by the landscape and the often bleak weather conditions. Unusually, Erlendur is not present in this story, having taken leave from his job after the events of the previous novel. Elinborg is normally a peripheral character in the series, but she carries this novel well, and it is interesting to find out more about her home life and family problems.

Indridason manages to infuse his novels with a deeper meaning, as both Erlendur and Elinborg question human nature and the meaning of life after the crimes they witness, although this doesn't weigh heavily on the story.

As with some of his other stories, there isn't an easy solution to the crime, and the story isn't tied up in a nice, satisfactory bow at the end. This novel presents something of a cliffhanger, as it raises concerns for Erlendur and just what he is doing on his time away from work. As always, I look forward to the next book in the series.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Icelandic Gem, 21 Jun 2011
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lovemurakami "tooty2" (uk) - See all my reviews
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Set immediately after the previous novel Hypothermia, we find Elinborg taking the front seat in a date/rape murder investigation. Does it work with Erlendur taking a back seat, and the resounding answer is yes it does!

I would recommend that you read the other books in the sequence first, as with each novel we learn more about the man and his team, Outrage is the 7th novel in the series, the rest are as follows:
1. Jar City (orignally Tainted Blood), 2.Silence of the Grave, 3.Voices, 4.The Draining Lake,5.Arctic Chill, 6.Hypothermia. I really can't recommend him enough, and they do just keep improving with each novel.

Indridasson has produced another beautifully, crafted Icelandic gem of a crime novel. Over the series we discover more and more about Erlendur and his team, it's like peeling layers of wallpaper in a house and discovering it's hidden history, this is what you get when you read the Rekjavik murder series. Marvellous! What more can I say, apart from if you haven't tried Indridason, and you love Scandinavian crime fiction or just great writing read this, he's a must read author.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrage --Arnaldur Indridason, 6 July 2011
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A man is found murdered in a flat in Reykjavik wearing
a woman's T-shirt and with Rohypnol(the date-rape drug)
in his mouth and in his pocket.
The inward-looking,solitary Detective Erlendur has taken
himself off to the desolate East of Iceland,so instead ,we
have the female Detective Elinborg leading the investigations.
This brings a different perspective to other Indridason
novels. Elinborg is a likeable competent detective ,very
keen on cooking ,and with a difficult teenaged son.
There are no immediate leads to the killer ,so Elinborg
endeavours to piece together details of the victim's life,
both in Reykjavik and in a remote rural part of Iceland
where he grew up.
As the intriguing novel reaches its conclusion,we are
shown how the crime influences,in varying ways,many
people other than the victim and the perpetrator.
An enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Which Ever Way The Wind Blows, 1 Sep 2013
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prisrob "pris," (New England USA) - See all my reviews
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Like many readers I enjoy Detective Erlendur's exploits in the novels written by Amaldurm Indridason. He is a loner and we don't know much about him, but we do know he is an excellent detective. Now, we have a muder being led by Elinborg, a member of his team. In fact we get to know her as a person, and we see how her mind works. She has learned well from her master.

A young man is found with his throat slit and his mouth full of Rohypnol, the date rape drug,usually given to women. Upon further investigation, it is found that indeed a woman had been in the premises, and this murder investigation now takes a different turn. Elinborg turns out to be an excellent investigator. She knows her team well, leads them with expertise, and her intricate method of investigation turns up clues others may miss.

Elinborg has another life beside that of a detective. She has a happy life with her partner, and four children. We are led through her life, learn of a previous marriage, and her first meeting with Teddi, her partner. After her disastrous first marriage, they have decided not to go through the legalities of a marriage. Her children are growing, they love her, and respect her profession, but she is not home enough. Elinborg balances the difficult stress of her job with cooking. She has written a book on desserts, and she is in the process of writing another. At the moment, Elinborg is into Indian cooking, and her knowledge of this cooking brings a new clue within this murder.

Elinborg goes to the family home of the murdered man and finds only the mother, who, it seems, knows nothing about her son. The townspeople are very quiet, and only one young woman gives a sign that there is more to know. Elinborg finds herself in situations where it might be best to have a partner, but she shows no fear. Is this a good thing? Elinborg is relentless in her pursuit of the murderer, and her determination and skill bring her in good stead.

I like Elinborg, she has tried to balance her life, so that her children and partner play a big part. But, she also realizes her children are growing older and time is slipping away. She worries about them, and she wonders why she is still in this police work. There is a great deal of introspection on her part. The contrast between Erlendur's and Elinborg are quite apparent, one a loner, grumpy, with no life outsideof his work, the other a happy home life, with outside interests, and showing signs of growth and maturity.

Is this the end of Erlendur, and the beginning of a new series with Elinborg? It is difficult to tell, we only know Erlendur has not been seen in awhile. Whichever way the wind blows, I will follow.

Recommended. prisrob 09-01-13
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3.0 out of 5 stars "It does no one any good to go stirring up the past.", 26 Aug 2013
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Mary Whipple (New England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Outrage (Paperback)
(3.5 stars) The cover description of this novel as "An Inspector Erlendur Novel" is misleading, since Erlendur, in fact, does not appear at all. At the end of Hypothermia, the previous novel in the Erlendur series, he has gone hiking in the sparsely populated East Fjords and no one has heard from him in almost two weeks. Elinborg, now in charge of the office, is quite different from Erlendur. Living with the supportive Teddi and their two children, Elinborg is a cookbook author, specializing in desserts and working on her second cookbook. Despite her family responsibilities, she is a fine investigator, often tracking down criminals who have been protected within the small, closed communities in which they have spent their lives.

The twisted and often macabre aspects of life seen in the book (and film) of Indridason's most famous Erlendur novel, Jar City, have been softened here, reflecting the more feminine, intuitive approach of Elinborg and her efforts to communicate wherever possible with both victims and perpetrators, as she works to solve crimes. As a result, this novel is more thoughtful, and, frankly, "tamer," than the acknowledged noir prize-winners of Jar City and Silence of the Grave, though Outrage, with its different style, has its own charms and will appeal to many newer readers.

Within the first dozen pages, Elinborg has already been called out to investigate a murder scene, a stabbing so bloody that the victim, a young, single man named Runolfur, is almost ex-sanguinated. Evidence in the apartment suggests that a woman shared his bed just before the murder. A shawl is found under the bed, and Elinborg, a chef, is intrigued by the fact that the shawl smells of tandoori, an Indian food rare in Iceland (not the kind of clue that Erlendur would ever notice). Surprisingly, the victim had ingested a large amount of rohypnol, and his connection to drug dealers is quickly determined. Old cases of rape using rohypnol are reopened, and information about this strange murder begins to come forth. The conclusion is typically "Elinborgian" - brought about not by physical action but by her ability to communicate with the murderer.

Though Indridason dots all the I's and crosses all the T's regarding this mystery, the novel ultimately feels more "domestic" than noir, more human and less grotesque than what one expects of an Erlendur mystery. Even the bitter cold which permeates the atmosphere of so many Erlendur novels feels somehow less cold here. Elinborg, a warmer, more caring soul, feels the pain of the victims and their families, and is able to show it in ways that Erlendur cannot, allowing her an entrée into their feelings and even their secrets. A couple of scenes feel hollow, however: One in which Elinborg is interviewing a rape victim gets a bit preachy and "over-explanatory" regarding the victim's reactions to the crime, and another, in which she talks with her daughter about the uninspired menus her mother used to serve the family adds nothing new to the story. Outrage, with Elinborg, is a unique creation by Indridason, and while it is interesting to see such a novel with a female protagonist, Elinborg's character lacks the both the charm and the powerful personality which would have made her an intriguing "heroine" for me.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curry On, Viking, 23 Jun 2011
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Scandinavian crime writers have conquered the earth, just as their ancestors did. Back in the day, of course, few Vikings relied on words to win over the masses. And even fewer on curry recipes. So having a hard-pressed female Icelandic cop mixing spices as a hobby adds a tasty new dimension and a splash of colour to the generally bleak oeuvre of frozen corpses.
Detective Elinborg finds cookery takes her mind off the day-to-day grind of pressures at home and hunting killers of rapists, a job she does with measured and thoughtful efficiency. As she goes about her business, which naturally includes curry clues, we tag along making judgement calls on each character as she probes them, searching for justice that most think has already been served.
This is good, honest, clever cop work served up in comfortable chronological dishes which you can, and probably will, devour in one sitting. The structure is classic. There's plenty of plod work but the plot never plods. Not once. And the dialogue is terrific, truly masterful.
A satisfying read. A very satisfying read indeed. Burp!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something of a departure from the norm, 15 April 2014
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This review is from: Outrage (Paperback)
"Outrage" is the seventh of Arnaldur Indrišason's series of 'Reykjavik Murder Mysteries' to be translated into English. First published in Icelandic in 2008, this 2011 English rendition is by Anna Yates, and provides a wonderfully idiomatic translation of the author's original sparse, almost minimalist prose. The original title, "Myrká" ("Blackout") is actually a much more subtle and suitable title for this tale of murder, date rape and the closed, self-policing, exclusionist attitudes of small, isolated communities.

This volume in the series marks a major departure from its predecessors by placing Detective Elínborg in the spotlight, with not only her colleague Sigurdur Óli noticeable for his absence throughout much of the book but also the laconic Inspector Erlendur missing as well. Erlendur's absence provides something of a shift in mood from the normal grey melancholia of this series and allows both author and reader to take a break from the perennial familial tensions and traumas which usually permeate these stories. It also allows us to get to know another of the characters in the series rather better than has been afforded to us before, which anyone who has worked through the series will almost certainly welcome.

Many may also find the change a discomforting shift from the series' norm -- does this signal an underlying new direction for these novels? -- even though the book's overall feel and flavour is undoubtedly in keeping with earlier volumes. Whatever the longer term implications, here the author takes the opportunity to explore in more detail than previously the nature of remote Icelandic communities and how they sit in the modern world -- a very welcome addition for those of us interested in more than just the tourist views of Iceland, which some Icelandic authors seem wont to dwell on. Some readers may find Elínborg to have been drawn in just a tad too soft a tone but, as this is entirely in keeping with the way she has been portrayed in earlier volumes, there is nothing out of keeping here. Indeed, it is good to see that not all fictional police officers need to have an entirely dysfunctional family life in order to convince readers of the vulnerable and fallible aspects of their natures. There is something very refreshing about Elínborg's down-to-earth approach to tracking down the murderer of a suspected multiple rapist, against a personal backdrop of entirely mundane off-duty worries. It is nice too to find her naturally empathic style at the fore in the investigative process rather than Erlendur's more intuitive but essentially awkward approach -- one can't help but feel that he really would have been out of his depth in this case.

Another of the author's departures from his usual practice in this tale is the setting up something of a mystery for the reader as well as the police; this is one of the few books in this series to have the reader puzzling to see how all the pieces will fit together as well as just who actually dunnit! The result is a highly engaging and intriguing police procedural that stands somewhat apart from the earlier books in this series and yet is very much of their ilk. The biggest irony is that Inspector Erlendur himself is essentially missing from one of the very best of the books in a series that so many readers name for him!

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good story maintained interest throughout, 18 Feb 2014
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If you have read and liked Stig Larsons books you will like these. Being set in Iceland the plots can get a bit doom & gloom sometimes, that is the nature of Erlendur the main character. However, they never cease to be anything but interesting and good to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 7 Feb 2014
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I enjoyed this book. Had no idea Whodunit. Liked main female character.You get a good feel for the cold weather and how this affects everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Icelandic thriller... and it thrills, 7 Nov 2013
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Very approachable story, set in the sometimes grim parts of Iceland. I did not want to put it down, even though the usual lead-character was off in the hinterland somewhere ; his underling, the female detective, was well in control of this situation. I do like this series.
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