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Title:
Only the dead
Author:
Sundstøl, Vidar, 1963- author.
Uniform Title:
Døde. English
Publication Information:
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
156 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
" A Norwegian tourist has been found murdered on the shore of Lake Superior--right where an Ojibwe man may have been killed more than one hundred years earlier. Four months later, the official investigation is supposedly over but still not resolved, and U.S. Forest Service officer Lance Hansen, drawn into the mystery by his grisly discovery of the body, is uncovering clues disturbingly close to home. His former father-in-law, Willy Dupree, may hold the key to the century-old murder of Swamper Caribou. And his own brother, Andy, might know more than he's telling--more than he should know--about the recent homicide. The relationship between the brothers takes a dangerous turn as their annual deer hunt becomes a deadly game. Steeped in the rich history of Lake Superior's rugged North Shore, this follow-up to the Riverton Prize-winning The Land of Dreams pursues two tales through a bleak and beautiful landscape haunted by the lives and dreams of its Scandinavian immigrants and Native Americans. Hansen finds himself equally haunted by the complex mysteries that continue to unravel around him. "--
General Note:
"Originally published in Norwegian as De døde"--Title page verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780816689422
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A Norwegian tourist has been found murdered on the shore of Lake Superior--right where an Ojibwe man may have been killed more than one hundred years earlier. Four months later, the official investigation is supposedly over but still not resolved, and U.S. Forest Service officer Lance Hansen, drawn into the mystery by his grisly discovery of the body, is uncovering clues disturbingly close to home.


His former father-in-law, Willy Dupree, may hold the key to the century-old murder of Swamper Caribou. And his own brother, Andy, might know more than he's telling--more than he should know--about the recent homicide. The relationship between the brothers takes a dangerous turn as their annual deer hunt becomes a deadly game.


Steeped in the rich history of Lake Superior's rugged North Shore, this follow-up to the Riverton Prize-winning The Land of Dreams pursues two tales through a bleak and beautiful landscape haunted by the lives and dreams of its Scandinavian immigrants and Native Americans. Hansen finds himself equally haunted by the complex mysteries that continue to unravel around him.



Author Notes


Vidar Sundstøl is the acclaimed Norwegian author of seven novels, including the internationally best-selling Minnesota Trilogy, which he wrote after living on the North Shore of Lake Superior for two years. The first volume of the series, The Land of Dreams (Minnesota, 2013), was nominated for the Glass Key for best Scandinavian crime novel of the year.

Tiina Nunnally has received numerous awards for her translations of Scandinavian literature, including the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for her translation of Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter. 



Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Like the central movement of a dark Grieg symphony, this brief second installment of Norwegian author Sundstol's Minnesota Trilogy resounds with two stunning variations on a single theme: the complex motivations behind murders that link brotherhood, love, and death. In the first book, 2013's The Land of Dreams, forest ranger Lance Hansen, an insecure amateur historian, and his brother, Andy, set out on their annual November deer hunt on the North Shore of Lake Superior. When Lance checked out a report of an illegally pitched tent near the lake, he discovered the battered body of a Norwegian tourist. Shortly beforehand, Lance saw Andy near the crime scene. Now, as Lance's relationship with his brother frays, he is consumed by a maelstrom of suspicion and fear that parallels Sundstol's eerie interpolated recollections of Lance's distant relative, the pietistic Lutheran immigrant boy Thormod Olson, on a harrowing winter trek in search of the American dream more than a century earlier. As an ice storm builds around him, Lance's emotional stability is shattered by the waking nightmares of a ghostly Ojibwe medicine man who mysteriously vanished from the same forest years earlier. Readers will eagerly await The Ravens, the trilogy's conclusion. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

When U.S. Forest Service officer and amateur local historian Lance Hansen discovers a dead Norwegian tourist at a campsite on the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota, he suspects his brother Andy is the culprit, but he has no evidence to arrest him. Four months later, the brothers set out for their annual deer hunting trip, which takes them near the site of the homicide. As they track deer, Andy's odd behavior makes Lance doubt his brother's alibi. Intertwined with the present-day story of the Hansens' hunting trip is a century-old tale of the disappearance of an Objibwe medicine man and his connection to a Norwegian immigrant, a distant relation to the Hansens. Verdict Sundstol's outstanding second entry in his acclaimed "Minnesota Trilogy" (after Land of the Dead) measures up to the first installment with its quick pace and succinct plot. Fans of Camilla Läckberg's crime novels and mysteries with a Minnesota setting will enjoy reading this chilling psychological thriller. Nunnally's translation is excellent and accessible to an American audience. The third installment in the trilogy, The Ravens, is forthcoming.-Russell Michalak, Goldey-Beacom Coll. Lib., Wilmington, DE (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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