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
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.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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