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Silence of the Grave (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries, No. 2) Paperback – August 21, 2007
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Back from last year's "Jar City" is Erlendur Sveinsson, the jaded Reykjavik police detective plodding bitterly though a life of regrets. A skeleton is found while excavating a new housing project, quickly determined to be decades old, and assumed a murder victim. With a supporting cast of eccentric archeologists and his own quirky investigative team, Erlender gets to the bottom of a gut-wrenching tale of domestic violence and child abuse.
A word of warning - this is some tough material. Any idyllic views of a society tolerant to drug use may be shocked into sensibility with the author's unapologetic portrayal of life among the needles and crack vials. And Erlender is about as bleak a character as the barren Icelander setting in which he is cast - the subject matter adding to a general air of depression and despair. But this is powerful noir fiction, only heightened by the dark setting, as Indridason's prose captures the unique Scandinavian brand of fatalism. The mystery is tightly wound and fully engaging, taking more than a few twists along the way before reaching a cleverly poignant conclusion. In the end, a haunting tale of revenge with little redemption - a novel that you'll not easily forget. Clearly one of the year's best - don't miss it.
When skeletal remains are discovered at the building site of a new housing estate, Detective Inspector Erlendur Svinsson and his team are called in to take charge of the case. The first thing the team must do is establish just how long the skeleton has lain buried, and then determine if this indeed a case of murder, or something else. And if certain members of Erlendur's team (Detective Sigurdur Oli in particular) aren't too sure why they're wasting so much time on a cold case, it is obvious that Erlendur holds to the belief that every suspicious death deserves an investigation, and that Erlendur at least feels that there is something suspicious about this mysterious burial. Elendur's quest to learn the truth will take him back to Iceland during W.W.II, and to the guilty secrets of two families in particular. This case will also lead him to reexamine on his own past and his own failed relationships with his ex-wife and his two children, and to wonder if it is not too late to repair the damage...
Arnadldue Indridason is a very gifted storyteller, and I have to thank both him and his brilliant translator, Bernard Scudder, for the 4 very pleasurable hours I spent reading "Silence of the Grave." The novel was evenly paced, taut and completely riveting.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gritty, well-developed major story line, with interesting secondary lines as well. Held my attention throughout.Published 1 month ago by Anne L. Nagel
I found this book a little slow. It perhaps contained too much about Erlandur's private life as compared to the investigation in which he was involved. It was not a page turner. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicholas Dodd
I tend to place authors into one of two categories: good writer or good story-teller. I place Arnaldur Indridason in the latter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven J. Vasilion
This book has a compelling plot, but warning--there's no happiness in it. I enjoy Scandinavian crime novels, but the best of them have occasional light moments--Harry Hole's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Athenaesq
I've read all of Arnaldur Indridason's books and have enjoyed them all. Iceland sounds like a beautiful and forbidding place. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tripower53