Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Outrage-Arnaldur Indridason


Arnaldur Indridason

Minotaur, Sep 18 2012, $24.99

ISBN: 9780312659110

In Reykjavík, a young man wearing a San Francisco t-shirt enters a bar and tries to pick up a woman. The next morning, Runólfur is found dead in his home wearing a San Francisco T-shirt that is too small. With Inspector Erlendur suddenly on leave, Detective Elínborg leads the homicide investigation.

The victim’s throat was slashed and they find the date rape drug Rohypnol on him as well as in his body. Assuming the date rape drug is the key to the motive, Elínborg begins her inquiry with Runólfur’s mom who offers little pertinent information. She and her team find evidence that strongly suggest Runólfur was a serial rapist with no friends except Edvard, who appears to be the deceased’s sidekick. Elínborg works the case without help from her incognito boss and while worrying about one of her three children Valthór addicted to computers.

The latest Iceland police procedural (see Hypothermia) is an engaging thriller that provides a deep look at the nation’s culture in Reykjavik and in a small remote village. The fascinating storyline is fast-paced except when the focus is on the lead cop’s family, which detracts from the case.

Harriet Klausner

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