Silence of the Grave
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... show more
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.
Publish date: August 21st 2007
Pages no: 293
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Mystery Thriller
, Scandinavian Literature
Series: Reykjavík Murder Mystery (#4)
When I was a teenager, I was a big fan of detective novels, to the effect that I was contemplating the possibility of joining the Police force. I was even conducting my own investigations. When I was around 14, I liked a boy from church who was older than me. I found out his name, where he lived, th...
The kind of compelling character-based crime novel I have to stay up all night to finish. Terse and restrained.
In this book everything is extremely awful all the time except very very rarely when it slightly isn't. A cold case mystery set in Reykjavik, it unfolds at a nice, brisk pace. The characterizations too sometimes seem almost blunt, laid out in this kind of stripped, businesslike manner. The prose is ...