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Strange Shores (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries Book 9) by [Indridason, Arnaldur]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
Book 9 of 10 in Reykjavik Murder Mysteries (10 Book Series)
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"The king of Icelandic crime fiction is not resting on his laurels, as the valedictory Strange Shores proves... An elegiac but compelling last bow" (Financial Times)

"Be warned: if you've ever spent time with this marvellous Scandi crime character, you'll be hard pressed to hold back a tear" (Metro)

"One of the most brilliant crime writers of his generation" (Sunday Times)

"As ever, Indridason’s writing combines a keen sense of place with an astringent investigation of the human psyche" (Radio Times)

"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)

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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: 1493 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à 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 86 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Raven TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2013
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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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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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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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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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This is advertised as the last book in the Erlendur saga – sad news indeed for devoted fans of the series, of whom I am one. But for any fans-to be I suggest you do not start here.
The early books have frequently referenced a tragedy in Erlendur’s childhood when he (& his father) narrowly survived a white-out: but his younger brother, Bergur, did not. This has contributed to making Indridason’s brand of Nordic Noir particularly noir. Here he sets out to see whether Erlendur (& thus we) can “achieve closure” on this seminal event. However it must have been clear from the start that Bergur’s death on its own could not sustain a whole novel. So he deftly weaves in another apparently accidental death in another blizzard in an adjacent part of Iceland’s dour & unforgiving landscape. And to this he adds other elements including a tale of thwarted love & a bit of the supernatural (communicated to Erlendur in a series of troubling dreams involving the mysterious “traveller”). The pace is somewhat slow: but my interest never strayed. I was sorry to find that there was no place in the narrative for Erlendur’s own love interest (Valgerdur) & his police colleagues Elinborg & Sigurdur Oli: but Erlendur was always a bit of a lone wolf, as was his inspiration Marion Briem who here rates only a brief name check. However there are downsides to the structure adopted: because Erlendur has taken leave from his professional duties to scour the hills of his childhood & thus his searches are never going to lead to any prosecution.
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