Monday, 11 July 2011

Armchair Novel Review - Outrage

by Arnaldur Indridason

Hardcover, 288 pages
Also available as an eBook

I asked my daughter, who has visited Iceland recently and is thus as close to an expert as I know, why an author would be described as from Reykjavik and not Iceland. She says, "Because that's where all the action is. That's where the artists are."

Indeed, in reading Outrage, it is interesting to discover this country's capital and their relationship to it. I am all for travelling in my armchair, murder mystery and all.
In reading foreign murder mysteries, the country becomes yet another fascinating character, another interesting facet in the puzzle.

Arnaldur Indridason is #1 on the Guardian’s list of the 10 Best Modern European Crime Writers and has won numerous awards, including the Nordic Glass Key and the CWA Gold Dagger. Outrage is one of eleven books in his hugely popular series featuring Erlendur and Sigurdur ├ôli. This book starts off with lead detective Erlendur away on a sort of mental health sabbatical, and Detective Elinborg is juggling home life with teenagers and a neglected husband while trying to solve a particularly grizzly murder.

A man is found dead in a pool of blood, and Detective Elinborg must wade through a seedy world of date rape and missing persons to solve this crime. Indridason does an excellent job of showing the struggle of a highly competent female detective balancing a difficult investigation and her home life. I'd be interested to see how some of the other books in the series compare to this one.

For all you Scandinavian murder mystery fans, or just mystery fans in general - Arnaldur Indridason is a new name to watch out for!

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