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Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indriðason (2010)

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A fittingly melancholy novel to end the excellent atmospheric Inspector Erlendur series of crime novels set in Iceland.
Our protagonist headed east to his homestead near Eskifjodur and Egilstaddir at the end of Hypothermia, although he is mentioned in passing in Outrage and Black Skies. We find him brooding on the death of his brother, who was lost in a snow storm from which Erlendur was rescued, and researching the disappearance of a woman in a similar snow storm in 1942. This is not a police investigation, but is driven by Erlendur's need for some form of closure for his brother's death, whose body was never discovered.
I enjoyed this novel for its setting away from urban Reykjavik and for resolving the unhappiness at the centre of Erlendur's life.
A sad but satisfyingly powerful culmination to his story if you have followed Erlendur in previous novels. ( )
  CarltonC | Aug 17, 2015 |
Somber tale in which Icelandic Inspector Erlendur investigates the mysterious disappearance of a woman decades earlier, supposedly in a storm, on the same moors where Erlendur's brother went missing. Erlendur is a moody, haunted, taciturn presence (like the landscape itself in some ways), concerned with truth, and operating here in an unofficial capacity. ( )
  beaujoe | Jul 26, 2015 |
I have long been a fan of the mysteries of Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indridason, especially of his Inspector Erlendur series. In Strange Shores, the author takes us to the remote and wintery ruin of Erlendur's childhood home and the daunting terrain where his brother disappeared as a child. The scenes in the ruined farmhouse will recall to mind many readers' lost childhood homes and our desire to know what has become of them. In the novel, the ruin becomes a symbol of the past and the familiar people who once lived there, and more than that, a portal into another world. Weaving together two missing persons cold cases with visits to eccentric witnesses and an old cemetery, Strange Shores is the climax of Erlendur's years-long obsession with these remote fjords and his brother's disappearance. Of all the detectives in Scandinavian mysteries, Erlendur is perhaps the most tormented. And of all Indridason's novels, this one is perhaps the most visionary. ( )
  Lori_Eshleman | Apr 29, 2015 |
Book 9, in the Inspector Erlendur series

This is a powerful and very emotional novel. The story digs deep into how people cope with traumatic events and how it affects and shapes their lives for many years afterwards. Although I do agree with those saying this book works well as a standalone I would highly recommend you give the previous installments priority.

After a few editions without the presence of the main character it is nice to see the focus back on the morose Icelandic policeman Erlendur Sveinsson. In “Strange Shores” we find out what he has been up to while away from his job dealing with family business. This impressive story sets Erlendur to face his past. Camping at his childhood farm in the East Fjords where his brother disappeared in a snowstorm Erlendur makes a last-ditch effort to find out what happened to him. Of course the story intertwines with another disappearance of a young woman in the same area during WW11. Mr. Indridason mixes some fact with his fiction with a true story of British soldiers stationed nearby caught up in an appalling storm which cost them their lives.

The tone is quite different than we find in most gritty modern crime thriller, Strange Shores” is sad and poignant. The plot is more a soft flowing story than a fast, scary crime novel. It is simply a well told investigation of cold cases in the frozen fjords of Iceland. This is a classic Indridason, with pared down dialogue, wonderful characters and a beautifully imagined scenario. The impressive way this drama concludes leaves us to believe this may be the last outing for a wonderful character, if so this series finishes with a very light touch. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Apr 18, 2015 |
This 11th entry in the Scandanavian mystery about Iceland's Inspector Erlendur was a bit slow getting started but built up to a powerhouse finale. However, I don't think it would have the same impact if read as a stand-alone. ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 3, 2015 |
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Wees een briesje, mijn lied,
in het riet van de Styx
en zing, vertroostend, wiegend
hen die wachten.
Snorri Hjartarson
May my poem pass like a breeze through the sedge by the Styx, its singing bring solace, lull those to sleep who wait. Snorri Hjartason
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Koud heeft hij het niet meer.
He no longer feels cold: instead a curious heat is spreading through his veins.
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A young woman walks into the frozen fjords of Iceland, never to be seen again. But Matthildur leaves in her wake rumours of lies, betrayal and revenge.

Decades later, somewhere in the same wilderness, Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for Matthildur but also for a long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snow-storm when they were children has coloured his entire life. He is looking for answers.

Slowly, the past begins to surrender its secrets. But as Erlendur uncovers a story about the limits of human endurance, he realises that many people would prefer their crimes to stay buried.
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A young woman walks into the frozen fjords of Iceland, never to be seen again. But Matthildur leaves in her wake rumours of lies, betrayal and revenge. Decades later, somewhere in the same wilderness, Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for Matthildur but also for a long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snow-storm when they were children has coloured his entire life. He is looking for answers. Slowly, the past begins to surrender its secrets. But as Erlendur uncovers a story about the limits of human endurance, he realises that many people would prefer their crimes to stay buried.… (more)

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