Outrage

Outrage

Book - 2012
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"Indridason fills the void that remains after you've read Stieg Larsson's novels." -- USA Today

Arnaldur Indridason has proven himself to be a master of the mystery genre with his critically acclaimed Inspector Erlunder series, which has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. Now, in Outrage, this superlative crime writer author has written his best book to date, with exceptional prose, heart pounding suspense, and a mystery that is not solved until the last page.

Haunted by personal demons, Detective Erlunder decides to take a short leave of absence, putting a female detective, Elínborg, in charge while he is gone. When a troubling case lands on Elínborg's desk, she's quickly thrust into a violent and volatile situation with extremely high stakes. Soon, her investigation uncovers a twisted tale of double lives that may be connected to the unsolved disappearance of a young girl. The clock is ticking to solve the case before a serial rapist strikes again.

Reviewers everywhere rave about Indridason's smart and fast-paced Reykjavík thrillers, which exemplify the very best in international crime fiction. Perfect for the many devoted fans of this series as well as for the reader who's never visited Iceland through Indridason's books, Outrage will lead you down a trail of hidden violence, psychological brutality, and wrongs that may never fully be righted.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012, c2011.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312659110
0312659113
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ARNALDUR
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Yates, Anna 1955-

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upsidedawn
Apr 05, 2019

Spoiler alert. Anyone reading Outrage hoping to see a "man bites dog" (i.e., rare and unusual) case of a woman found to be falsely crying rape is going to be disappointed. It's going to be a let down for someone who feels that victims should just get over it. The outrage that is presented clearly in the story is that rapists very often get light sentences or are often not punished at all, and that victims are seen as to blame, shamed, and expected to quickly put the terrible experience behind.

Seen in this light, Outrage may not seem unusual enough for the tastes of some readers, and of course rape is a more complex crime than can be addressed in a couple-hundred-page novel, and yet this is an interesting enough procedural, and serves well to expand the series to include the usually-peripheral character Elinborg as well as give us a better view not only of her skill as a police investigator, but of her interests and family life. Meanwhile throughout, we are given hints of the growing mystery of Erlender's disappearance. Outrage leaves you wanting to know more--to plunge into the next book that focuses on Sigurdur Oli, and wonder all the more what Erlender is up to.

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htliang
Mar 20, 2019

Probably not the best Arnaldur Indriðason mystery I've read. It stalled a bit in the middle and I was tempted to give up. However, the ending made up for it. You'll likely want to shake the hand of the murderer by the time you reach the last page.

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maipenrai
Feb 24, 2013

**** stars Actually Erlendur is MIA in this book from the series, but it was nice to get to know Elinborg better. A young man is found murdered. One of the few clues is a scarf that emits a very distinct odor. Ms. Elinborg, who doubles as police detective and writer of cookbooks, is probably the only person on the force who can identify the scent and use it to solve the murder. I always enjoy this Icelandic author - good mysteries without lots of graphic violence. Highly recommend, but I suggest that a new reader start from the beginning of the series.

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coalbanks
Jan 22, 2013

Revenge is a dish best served cold - in Iceland they take that advice seriously.

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CB2295
Jan 09, 2012

One European reviewer of this book said it is “a solid, unfussy and highly compelling account of the consequences of crimes on the minutiae of the lives of families and friends of the victims”; the reviewer is sort of correct, but this book is really just a facile expression of current political correctness and does not attempt a thorough or even a superficial exploration of the overall issues it raises; the story is much more about victims and their families who are deep in self-pity for years on end than it is about finding a killer and so it ought to have dealt at least partly with other important facets of the subject, like the occasional vengeful and even self-justifying allegations of rape that have been sometimes been seen in this city and elsewhere (resulting in a need not to take allegations at face value), or the basic need for victims and their families to start to pick themselves up and move on instead of endlessly wallowing in their misfortune; it’s lot like victims of childhood sexual abuse whose parents (unintentionally or not) instill a permanent and very damaging sense of shame in their child’s mind about what is, speaking as a former victim of such abuse myself, an historically long-standing and probably unending aspect of life with which one needs to learn to live; this book is far too simplistic and politically correct to get my vote; and if you strip out all the over-simplistic pity, there’s really not much in this book beyond trying to create a family life for a character not much seen before in this series

debwalker Sep 10, 2011

"an engaging addition to the already impressive list of sleuths in Scandinavian crime fiction."
Jack Batten
Toronto Star

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JLMason
Sep 08, 2011

This is an interesting departure from the previous books. The main chief detective, Erlendur, does not appear - he's off east chasing his demons in the mountains - so the book focuses on Elinbor to solve the crime. We learn more about her background and find out that she has her own family issues: the surly teenage son whose blog about his family and life are Elinbor's only connection to what he's doing and thinking. Like all of the previous books there is a deceiving simplicity to the mystery and a spareness to the writing that makes compelling reading. The solution is a surprise and the end leaves the fate of Erlendur, who is alone in the countryside and out of contact, unknown thus setting up the next book. A good read.

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