Strange shores / Arnaldur Indriðason

Harvill Secker 2013

Agnes’s crime fiction pick.

The latest in the Detective Erlendur series, “Strange shores” does not take place this time in Reykavik, but in the rural area where he grew up.
Long haunted by the disappearance of his brother in a blizzard which he survived, Erlendur has returned to the area to look for answers. He also comes across the story of Matthildur, a young woman who also disappeared in a storm and whose body was never found.
Although not an official investigation, Erlendur delves into the past to bring answers to those like him whose lives have been defined by the loss.
Arnaldur Indriðason is one of my favourite crime writers. His detectives are not frantic, shoot ‘em, car chasing dudes. Instead, expect a more thoughtful, considered and in Erlendur’s case, melancholic approach. Indriðason doesn’t waste words, yet he skilfully weaves the challenges facing Iceland into his novels.

If you haven’t read this author before, then it is probably a good idea to start with “Jar City”, the first in the series as “Strange shores” may be the last. I await his next series or novel eagerly!

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