Silence of the Grave

Silence of the Grave

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When a skeleton is unearthed at a Reykjavik building site, Inspector Erlendur and his colleagues set out to unravel a complex decades-old crime that may have ties to his own troubled family history.

McMillan Palgrave

Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award

Inspector Erlendur returns in this gripping Icelandic thriller When a skeleton is discovered half-buried in a construction site outside of Reykjavík, Inspector Erlendur finds himself knee-deep in both a crime scene and an archeological dig. Bone by bone, the body is unearthed, and the brutalizing history of a family who lived near the building site comes to light along with it. Was the skeleton a man or a woman, a victim or a killer, and is this a simple case of murder or a long-concealed act of justice? As Erlendur tries to crack this cold case, he must also save his drug-addicted daughter from self destruction and somehow glue his hopelessly fractured family back together.

Like the chilly Nordic mysteries of Henning Mankell and Karen Fossum, Arnaldur Indridason delivers a stark police procedural full of humanity and pathos, a classic noir from a very cold place.

& Taylor

When a skeleton is unearthed at a Reykjavik building site, Inspector Erlendur and his colleagues set out to unravel a complex decades-old crime that may have ties to his own troubled family history. By the author of Jar City. Reader's Guide available. Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Picador, 2006, c2005
Edition: 1st Picador ed
ISBN: 9780312427320
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ARN
Characteristics: 293 p. :,maps ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Scudder, Bernard 1954-


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Aug 12, 2016

Terrific, well written thriller. Suspenseful to the very end!
I read it straight through!

Apr 21, 2015

This is a difficult book to review because I don't want to leave spoilers. A skeleton is found buried with its hand reaching up as though struggling to reach the surface. The challenge facing investigators, to determine the who, when, and what, provides the story arc. But the book is more than this. It is a human interest tale. Think of a tapestry of threads of light (of courage, perseverance, sacrifice, love) interwoven with threads of darkness (of cruelty, indifference, violence). When I finished the book, I had to take a few moments to let the impact of the story percolate in my mind. This book is worth your time if you are willing to face the relationship between dark and light. At times, not an easy read. But the journey is worth it.

Jan 04, 2015

Loved this book. I am a huge fan of murder mysteries and I just discovered this writer and I'm hooked. So well written and a real nice change to have it set in Iceland.

Jun 07, 2013

this book kept me interested right to the very end.full of surprises. good book!

Feb 24, 2010

Lately I have been reading mystery/detective novels written by people in other countries. One of the most interesting literary adventures I have undertaken. Not only have I discovered some fascinating new writers (new to me) I am learning a lot about other cultures.

This particular author may just be the best of the lot. Give him time. I did not like the book, or rather did not get it, until halfway through. Then I started to appreciate the plot and subtleties and story line. The book is set in Iceland - a country of around only 300,000 people. It offers you some very good glimpses of the culture, society, and family life that I do not think you will find elsewhere.

At times the difficulty of translating the book, I understand Icelandic is a very hard language to learn, shows through. Oddly that ads to the interest of the book rather than taking away from it although you wonder sometimes if the translation is accurate or if an exact translation is even possible.


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