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Outrage by Arnaldur Indridason

imagesA man uses the drug Rohypnol to sedate and rape a woman he meets in a bar and is found afterward with his throat slit and his body full of the same drug.  Could the victim have gotten her revenge that quickly?  This is the main question to be answered in Outrage by Arnaldur Indridason.   His mysteries are usually solved by Detective Erlandur but Erlandur is on leave so Detective Elinborg must solve the crime (although some would say the murder of a rapist does not need to be solved).  Elinborg tries to balance life with her family with the job but in this instance fails as murder enquiries take up an inordinate amount of time.  She consoles herself that this happens rarely and she does a good job at other times.  Elinborg also wants to do a thorough of a job as possible on the murder investigation and has her doubts that the rape victim would’ve been strong enough or had her wits about her enough to commit the murder.   Although other suspects rise to the top, Elinborg still can’t dismiss the voice in her head that tells her she’s missing something.  Indridason’s description of Icelandic life is as interesting as always and this book is a fast read.

Stacy W.

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