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  • Published: 15 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448156054
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Strange Shores

A missing woman. A missing boy. Detective Erlendur returns – for the last time

A missing woman. A missing boy. Detective Erlendur returns - for the last time

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.

  • Pub date: 15 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448156054
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the Author

Arnaldur Indridason

Arnaldur Indridason worked for many years as a journalist and critic before he began writing novels. His books have since sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Outside Iceland, he is best known for his crime novels featuring Erlendur and Sigurdur Óli, which are consistent bestsellers across Europe. The series has won numerous awards, including the Nordic Glass Key and the CWA Gold Dagger.

The Shadow District – the first book in the Reykjavík Wartime Mystery series – won the Premio RBA de Novela Negra, the world’s most lucrative crime fiction prize.

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Praise for Strange Shores

“The king of Icelandic crime fiction is not resting on his laurels, as the valedictory Strange Shores proves... An elegiac but compelling last bow”

Financial Times

“Be warned: if you've ever spent time with this marvellous Scandi crime character, you'll be hard pressed to hold back a tear”


“One of the most brilliant crime writers of his generation”

Sunday Times

“As ever, Indridason’s writing combines a keen sense of place with an astringent investigation of the human psyche”

Radio Times

“A fascinating story and the resolution of Mattildur's disappearance feels authentic and believable. Readers who like retribution in their crime novels may find Erlunder's balanced, free-from-judgemental approach difficult to comprehend, but to me this was one of the most appealing aspects of the novel… I couldn't think of a more perfect way to say goodbye to one of my favourite fictional characters”

Reading Matters

“Tragic and compelling”

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

“Thoroughly absorbing”

Vince Cable, New Statesman

“Arnaldur Indridason is one of the greats of modern crime fiction… Tragic and compelling”

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

“An international literary phenomenon - and it's easy to see why. His novels are gripping, authentic, haunting and lyrical”

Harlan Coben

“Black Skies is one of, if not the best, of Indridason's books”

Michael Carlson, Crime Time

“Indridason is perhaps the best crime writer alive... Masterful as ever”

Sydney Sun Herald

“Essential Scandi-fiction”

Sunday Express

“The novel is gripping. Erlendur is arguably Nordic fiction’s unhappiest and loneliest but most intriguing detective… It’s a sad disturbing book, chilling both in its setting and in the depths of human angst is explores”

Marcel Berlins, The Times

“Be warned: if you’ve ever spent time with this marvelous Scandi crime character, you’ll be hard pressed to hold back a tear”

Siobhan Murphy, Metro

“This final chapter in the Erlendur series stalks the human heart unremittingly”

Kerry Fowler, Sainsbury's Magazine

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