The Land of Dreams

The Land of Dreams

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Winner of the Riverton Prize for best Norwegian crime novel and named by Dagbladet as one of the top twenty-five Norwegian crime novels of all time, The Land of Dreams is the chilling first installment in Vidar Sundstøl's critically acclaimed Minnesota Trilogy, set on the rugged north shore of Lake Superior and in the region's small towns and deep forests.


The grandson of Norwegian immigrants, Lance Hansen is a U.S. Forest Service officer and has a nearly all-consuming passion for local genealogy and history. But his quiet routines are shattered one morning when he comes upon a Norwegian tourist brutally murdered near a stone cross on the shore of Lake Superior. Another Norwegian man is nearby; covered in blood and staring out across the lake, he can only utter the word kjærlighet. Love.


FBI agent Bob Lecuyer is assigned to the case, as is Norwegian detective Eirik Nyland, who is immediately flown in from Oslo. As the investigation progresses, Lance begins to make shocking discoveries--including one that involves the murder of an Ojibwe man on the very same site more than one hundred years ago. As Lance digs into two murders separated by a century, he finds the clues may in fact lead toward someone much closer to home than he could have imagined.


The Land of Dreams is the opening chapter in a sweeping chronicle from one of Norway's leading crime writers--a portrait of an extraordinary landscape, an exploration of hidden traumas and paths of silence that trouble history, and a haunting study in guilt and the bonds of blood.


Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9780816689408
0816689407
0816689415
9780816689415
Characteristics: 284 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Nunnally, Tiina 1952-- Translator

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srkmeyer
Jan 18, 2017

i found this book annoying to the point that i have no desire to go to the next of the trilogy.

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alternator
Mar 07, 2016

A enjoyable read with a good story line and great detail on local history and locations. Having been to this area of the country many times, I could easily picture the scenes. The character development was well done and progressed through out the book.

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EmilyEm
Oct 30, 2014

Lance Hanson is the 'forest cop' on the North Shore. His world turns upside down when he finds a murdered man at Baraga's Cross. You get a three-in-one story with this book. Yes, it's a mystery with a thoughtful Norwegian investigator helping the FBI. And, if you love the North Shore this reads like a beautiful homage at times. Then, because Lance is an avid historian, you'll learn about the immigrant and native people who have lived there. But, that also makes the book a bit disjointed and I think it lost something in translation. Loving the North Shore as I do, I'll probably continue reading the trilogy by this Norwegian author, all set there. Otherwise, I wouldn't.

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MICHELLE L. MILLS
Oct 10, 2014

The Land of Dreams is the first in a Minnesota crime trilogy by Norwegian novelist Vidar Sundstrom. It is set in the US, on the North Shore of Lake Superior, is evocative of the culture and environment of Northern Minnesota and is a thrilling psychological thriller. Unfortunately, the second and third of the trilogies lose their evocative grip with increasingly tedious, confusing writing that seems only written to increase the number of words to produce three 200+ page volumes with the resolution of the crime at the end of the third volume. The story is absorbing in the initial volume, "The Land of Dreams". and it should have continued as a single 300+pp, complete story that would have been an excellent and gripping novel. The 2nd and 3rd volumes detracted greatly from the story.

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billmacrotarian
Sep 11, 2014

The Land of Dreams is a murder mystery set in Minnesota on the north shore of Lake Superior. The interesting part for me aside from the setting was the way a 100 year old disappearance was tied to a modern murder. The mystery is more for a setting to explore how Norwegian Americans celebrate their roots. The mystery itself and its resolution are unsatisfactory.

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lpreston214
Mar 26, 2014

Lance Hansen, a law enforcement officer with the National Forest Service, with an interest in local history finds the dead body of a Norwegian tourist while investigating a report of an illegal campsite in this first book in a trilogy that takes place along Minnesota's north shore. Not really involved in the investigation, nevertheless Lance does some asking around and befriends a Norwegian police officer sent to help with the case. As we learn more about Lance and his family's history a few more mysteries surface and some troubling connections between family members and this case and older ones. There are plenty of references to dreaming and with local myth and local mythological beings in this atmospheric mystery. This seems to me a typical Scandinavian mystery; more cerebral than action-packed. Pretty good book though and the setting is interesting since it's local. I'll definitely read the next one due in October.

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Daphne57
Mar 14, 2014

Great historical picture created of the Ojibwe or Anishinaabe tribe of NA Indians known later as the Chippewa in Northeastern Minnesota. The story revolved around Lake Superior the largest, deepest lake and I believe the most beautiful of the Great Lakes.
Looking forward to the rest of the Trilogy.

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Oct 10, 2014

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MICHELLE L. MILLS
Oct 10, 2014

"Scandinavian noir meets Minnesota noir...Vidar Sunsdstol weaves a rich sense of Northland history and heritage into his crime novel. His deep knowledge of and love for - the Lake Superior region comes through on every page." Brian Freeman, author of The Cold November, regarding Sundstol's "The Land of Promise".

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