Anthony Adeane: Out of Thin Air



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Lete truth will never be ully known But such is lifeIt s hard to not go into too much detail without giving anything away so I will leave it thereThe cases of Gu mundur and Geirfinnur still causes much discussion in Iceland today And it s easy to see why A Fearless (Nashville Nights, fascinating look into a dark part of the country where the Northern Lights shine This should have been two different books one on economic history of Iceland the other on the mystery of a missing person Both combined it is an incoherent messFrankly the material on the main theme mystery and wrongful convictions itself is thin and not extraordinary The wikipedia article on the trials is a much better read since it is succinct The book rambles on and on about how Iceland evolved economically before the murder how it was evolving during the trial and how it evolved later andrankly it is all unnecessary and unrelated I The Bomber Dog found myself skipping the pages Very interesting noniction book about a Novelas de Isabel Allende famous case in Iceland where a group of people wrongly accused of two crimes confessed to them and spent many years in jail only tk be cleared decades later It is well written and besides the case itself it also provides a vivid and insightful account of Icelandic society and how it changed in the lastew decades The phenomenon of memory distrust syndrome is Dreams Made Flesh (The Black Jewels, fascinating and uite scary and this book provides some insight into how it can occur A good read not onlyor true crime The Fearless Critic Portland Restaurant Guide fans but alsoor people interested in human psychology or in Iceland Probably the worst book I ve ever read Dry and boring. Hey hadn’t done it Out of Thin Air joins Bolladottir in the present day as she pursues her exoneration exploring the many Top Secret Executive Resumes, Second Edition facets of this bizarre and bewildering case and the social and cultural history of Iceland a country of vast landscapes extreme weather and strangeolklore where than eighty per cent of the population believes that elves might exi.

That It was also great to read a book where I recognise the places and have actually been to themAs well as being a Anne, Ben Barbar Mıyım? fascinating look into Icelandic life Out of Thin Air is a study in how criminal investigations shouldn t take place Forty something years ago investigative methods were different to today s policing Unfortunately violence was rife as was the use of persuasive tactics to elicit confessions Add into the mix a policeorce unused to dealing with major investigations such as murder and it was a recipe Becoming Violet for disasterMany of those who were involved in the case including those convicted remain in Iceland They have had to live under the shadows of eventsrom over Serial Killer Quarterly Vol.2 No.7 Psychotic Killers forty years ago each one dealing with it in their own way Iound myself searching the internet High Angle Rescue Techniques for information on the six suspects It was trulyascinating to read about what they went through and how they dealt with the Finn Family Moomintroll fallout of the case The book looks into investigative methods of both the Icelandic police and the German investigator sent to assist It is a study in detection at the time and the limits placed by lack of experience It is also a study in the phenomenon ofalse confessions of suggested memory and the effect that solitary confinement can have on the human mindThe book reads very much like a documentary which is apt given the author Anthony Adeane was researching the case The Glass Palace for a documentary Interviews with those involvedorm the bedrock of the book bringing the cases even to life As with most non Something Like Fate fiction crime books there is a sense of unease in that the comp. E After lengthy interrogations investigations and courtroom dramas Bolladottir andive acuaintances confessed to killing both men and were given prison sentences ranging rom three years to life But over the years the case against the convicted six began to disintegrate and one major uestion remained unanswered Why had they all confessed to murder if

I knew a little about this case before reading as I ve seen the BBC Storyville documentary about it It s a pretty interesting true crime case that still to this day has people baffled The book does a great job of giving you all the acts and information it s also really well written and set out Archetype (Archetype, for people that may not have had previous knowledge like myselfI really enjoyed how it was also at times a little bit of a history of Iceland normally I don t like when books go off track but I rather enjoyed it with this All the little tidbits about Iceland were so interesting and even though this is a book about 2 murders I would move there in a heartbeat if I couldIf you dig a true crime take to get you thinking and inspire your inner armchair detective then you should definitely check this one outAll in all it s a great read One cold January night in 1974 a young man leaves a nightclub and is never seen again Months later another man receives a telephone call late at night and leaves his home He too never returns One murder in Iceland is unexpected two in short succession almost unheard of Police are uick to arrest suspects Confessions are obtained and convictionsollowed But those confessions may not have been as they seemI ve been lucky enough to visit Iceland It is a wonderful country with a close knit eel There is beauty in its stark landscape and a wonderful sense of history permeates it This essence of Iceland leaps rom the pages of Out of Thin Air There is something mysterious and slightly magical about the country and the book echoes. In 1974 two men vanished without a trace under suspicious circumstances shocking the people of Iceland where serious crime is almost non existent More than a year later there seemed to be a breakthrough when a small time crook named Erla Bolladottir described a dream to police that they interpreted as a sign of trauma related to the men’s disappearanc.

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