The Land of Dreams

The Land of Dreams


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The Land of Dreams by Vidar Sundstol

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816689415
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 552,080
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Vidar Sundstøl is the acclaimed Norwegian author of six novels, including the Minnesota Trilogy, written after he and his wife lived for two years on the north shore of Lake Superior. The Land of Dreams was nominated for the Glass Key for best Scandinavian crime novel of the year, and the series has been translated into eight languages. The remaining novels in the trilogy—Only the Dead and The Ravens—are both forthcoming from Minnesota.

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The Land of Dreams 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
IslandGirlLC More than 1 year ago
Although I really enjoy Scandanavian mystery books, this one was terribly disappointing.  Would not at all recommend.  Very slow and plodding pace.  Mystery story not interesting and never cared about any of the characters.  Overall, would like my money back. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What disapointment as you draw to the middle and to the end only to find you will be let down just so the auther can try to sell you another book. BTW . Those names carved on the rocks in grand marais are still there after 100 plus years because the rock is some of the HARDEST on earth not because it is soft! A metaphor of the strength and persistance of those that came before us!
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BasingstoneBook More than 1 year ago
The attraction of this book was it genre and its award collection, for me this was very misleading. The story got off to a good start with the central crime described early on, however from then it turned into a history lesson on Minnesota and Lake Superior Indians. This lesson was broken with self analysis of the main character forest policeman Lance Hansen. I think the author has missed an opportunity to engage and entertain the reader, the plot is sound but is not developed, staying on a very narrow course and the book is bulked with the history and self appraisal. On a positive note the translator has used easy to read language, just a pity it was not more exciting. This book can stay low on your reading list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This mystery takes place in Schroeder and Tofte, Minnesota. My parents had a summer home in Schroeder, so I am very familiar with the area. A naked, bloody man is found at the foot of Father Baraga's Cross. He is one of two young Norwegians on a canoeing vacation. Who killed his friend? The writing isn't so very good, but the characters are definitely interesting. You get a history of the settlers whose descendants still live in these towns. If you like the North Shore, you will want to read this book. It is the first of a trilogy by a Norwegian writer.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
He thought he was doing his job, checking on a report of illegal campers near Baraga's cross, a historical monument, what he did not know was the can of worms he was opening. Lance Hansen walks into a horrific murder scene. All his training as a forest cop, and local genealogist he knows many things about the families around him, but his history is more vague for his own family. This book looks into the individual perspective and how you can view yourself, your family, and the things you hold dear. Lance's struggle to understand the events at Baraga's Cross shows the internal monologue of how the individual copes with death, life and history. How would you struggle between family and community, responsibility and personal ideals Lance finds it overwhelming.