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Authors:Arnaldur Indridason (Author)
Other authors:Paula Vermeyden (Translator)
Info:Signature (2008), Utrecht, Paperback, 251p.
Collections:Your library, Buy and Get 2010, Unread, Readable, Henk's ongelezen
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Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason (2006)


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This is an excellent book that takes us back and forth from the investigation going on in the present day to the life of a family during World War II and also between the investigation and Erlendur visiting his daughter in the hospital. It's very well written so that the transitions work and everything comes together believably in the end. Recommended.
  hailelib | Apr 20, 2014 |
Back to Iceland. Clever weaving of past and present, excellent characters, always engaging. The structure of this book flips between present day, with the finding of old bones on a building site, and the current investigation of those bones, and the flashback story of a poor family and an abusive man who had lived on the site fifty years earlier. Its never quite clear whose bones are buried there, and how the deaths occurred which of course is the mystery. Past meets present when the now grown children of that family come to life and meet the hero detective. Well done. ( )
  grheault | Jan 30, 2014 |
When a skeleton was fount at a construction site detective Erlendur had to dive deep into the past to solve a dark and complicated family drama. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Jan 14, 2014 |
It was rather depressing and surprising to learn that such an interesting and remote country was beset by nasty human problems like everyone else. Detective Inspector Elendur is called to a construction site where human bones have been discovered by local children. Wisely he calls upon an archaeologist to dig up the remains who does it slowly and meticulously to allow the detective to conduct his investigation as carefully and thoroughly. The story switches from the present to the past about a family terrorized by a sadistic father. ( )
  mamzel | Nov 4, 2013 |
What really made me love this book was how Inspector Erlendur struggled with his own his own tragic past (and present) while peeling back the layers of another family's horrid domestic situation during World War 2-era Iceland. Erlendur is not your average, hard-nosed gumshoe. He injects a hefty dose of humanity into the story, despite his efforts to objectively lead the criminal investigation. The outcome of Silence of the Grave offers some hope in the bleak world of domestic violence, or "soul murder," as it's described. But it is made all the more rewarding through its offer, to Erlendur, of some mercy, understanding and acceptance of past failures.

I've become a bit obsessed with Iceland lately, and I loved getting to know the country through this book, as well as Jar City (another Erlendur novel by Arnaldur Indridason). I recognize Iceland, in general, is not as bleak as the Erlendur mysteries, but there is something mysterious about this remote island nation. The transformative effect of the UK and US occupations of Iceland during the war played a major role in this story, and their stimulatory effects on Reykjavik (and perhaps depressive effects on the countryside) were evident in the story's plot. It was fascinating to be immersed in both the modern Icelandic present, as well as 60 years in the past, when Iceland was still isolated and insulated from much of the world, all while wondering just who is buried in the plot of land at the edge of Reykjavik and how they ended up there.

I have to move on to other things, but if I'm not careful I'll find myself plowing through the entire Inspector Erlendur series, especially if they're as good as Silence of the Grave. Well, I suppose I'd be limited to those translated into English. Then again, I could try to learn some Icelandic... ( )
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With only two of his novels currently circulating in English translation, Arnaldur Indridason puts Iceland on the map as a major destination for enthusiasts of Nordic crime fiction.The author raises the same ghosts in SILENCE OF THE GRAVE applying his austere style to a crime of such emotional breadth and sociological complexity that it acquires the sweep and consequence of epic storytelling.

The title of Arnaldur Indridason' s new book, Silence of the Grave , gives an indication of the case that confronts the Icelandic detective Erlendur and his colleagues in the Reykjavik police: the discovery of a skeleton on the outskirts of the city. It is a fascinating mystery, which develops slowly while we learn more about the unhappy Erlendur and his relationship with his estranged family. Indridason's low-key style is far from the fast-moving thrillers that fill the best-seller lists, but he's a writer worth seeking out.


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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.

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"In Silence of the Grave, a corpse is found on a hill outside the city, and Detective Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson and his team think the body may have been buried for some years." "While Erlendur struggles to hold together the crumbling fragments of his own family, slowly but surely he finds out the truth about another unhappy family. Few people are still alive who can tell the tale, but even secrets taken to the grave cannot remain hidden forever."--BOOK JACKE… (more)

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