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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Another atmospheric Icelandic crime tale,
This review is from: Outrage (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 7) (Hardcover)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.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Icelandic Gem,
This review is from: Outrage (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 7) (Hardcover)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.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrage --Arnaldur Indridason,
This review is from: Outrage (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 7) (Hardcover)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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outrage the best yet?,
This review is from: Outrage (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 7) (Hardcover)I downloaded this several months before reading, as the main character was off "finding himself or rather his brother" wasn't sure what to make of this.
I've also been bogged down in the wallander stories so it was with some trepidation that I decided to give it a go.
I have to say I found this one the best yet, as many of the books are around "female suffering" then having a female lead all of a sudden made the impact and the readability much improved.
It's been a cracking series to read but unlike other authors the plots and the themes get better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Curry On, Viking,
This review is from: Outrage (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 7) (Hardcover)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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4.0 out of 5 stars Whichever Way The Wind Blows,
This review is from: Outrage: An Inspector Erlendur Novel (Paperback)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.",
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Icelandic thriller... and it thrills,
This review is from: Outrage (Kindle Edition)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.
4.0 out of 5 stars A damn good read,
This review is from: Outrage (Kindle Edition)Whilst Erlunder is absent, Arnaldur continues to produce a compelling storyline with Elinborg taking a strong characterful place. Set in the usual moody atmospheric backdrop of an Iceland without sun, the novel leads the reader a merry dance with polts and sub-plots. Well worthy of a read, even for those who have yet to discover the Reykjavik series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Indridason just gets better and better,
This review is from: Outrage (Paperback)Indridason's `Murder in Reykjavik' series of Icelandic police procedural stories gets better and better. In "Outrage", translated by Anna Yates, Detective Erlendur is away from the capital and the case is led by Elinborg, his female colleague. She has a myriad of family worries and these are expertly integrated into the search for the murderer of a telephone engineer found with his throat expertly cut. In the first chapter, we are led into the investigation by the victim who already seems a rather nasty individual.
The police think that there may have been a link to a woman and that perhaps an assault or rape might have been involved. This provides another challenge for Elinborg because, in a country as small as Iceland, in outlying small communities, everyone knows everybody else and secrets are only hidden from outsiders.
Had this investigation had been led by Erlendur it would have proceeded very differently but would probably have reached the same conclusion. However, the thought processes of Elinborg that Indridason describes create a significantly different perspective about the case, the victim and the people involved.
As befits a central character, we are given a great deal of background knowledge about Elinborg, her childhood, relationships and family, as well as her rather fraught relationship with her police colleague, Sigurdur Oli, whose behavior aggravated by difficulties at home.
The author also manages to inform us about the changes in Icelandic society over the last 30 or so years through a comparison of the food that Elinborg's mother used to prepare for her family and what Elinborg now prepares for her family - indeed, she has already published one cookery book and is working on another - a process she finds provides relaxation from her stressful day job. Food actually plays a part in the development of the plot as does the sense of smell.
There is also some interesting information about outbreaks of polio in Iceland and the short- and long-term consequences of those unfortunate enough to have caught the virus. Indridason is extremely good at introducing facts about Iceland's history and its people in a way that fits within the storyline and does not read like a rather laboured detour; this is one of the problems that I have encountered in stories about other foreign police investigation teams.
The investigation is painstakingly pursued with statements being collected from some quite unusual people and how they would fare under cross-examination in court is open to considerable question. Nevertheless, by the end of the story most of the loose ends are tied up, although the chances of finding out what has happened to a missing girl, that may or may not tie in with the present case, look unlikely. Intriguingly, there is also another missing person, introduced late on in the story, who may or may not feature in the next book.
Whilst not suggesting that Erlendur extends his holiday even longer, it may be that the tone of future stories in this series will be more collegiate, although an alternative is that having established that she can lead a successful investigation, Erlindur may become frustrated if she is expected to return to being `just' an assistant. Given Erlendur's grumpiness and his limited management and communication skills, as well as the tensions between Oli and Erlendur, sparks may well fly!
I can understand if some people think that there is too much about Elinborg's back story in this novel, but that shows just how little we have learned about her in the previous eight books. That itself, in retrospect, is a minor outrage.
Whilst the some of the author's books in this series are sometimes better read in order of publication, because this one introduces so much new information about Erlendur it can be read as a stand-alone novel, will enable new readers to gain insights into untimely deaths in Iceland and, undoubtedly, will secure even more fans for the author.
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Outrage (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 7) by Arnaldur Indridason (Hardcover - 23 Jun 2011)