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Moordkuil by Arnaldur Indridason
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Title:Moordkuil
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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Another unsettling Icelandic contemporary crime novel set in Reykjavik with the central character of detective Erlendur. The crime happened in the 1940's and is investigated following the discovery of a body on a building site on the outskirts of Reykjavik. There follows a sad story of domestic abuse, or soul death as a character in the book describes it, and its consequences. Not a happy read.
The story is character driven, rather than a whodunit, and whilst the main character is not sympathetic, you do feel empathy for him, and an interest in learning more about him. ( )
  CarltonC | Jun 22, 2014 |
This story perfectly fit the template for Nordic Noir -- very bleak, very dark, very atmospheric, featuring a detective with a dysfunctional personal life. It pondered societal issues of the day and days past. It was disturbing. It was also very, very well-written.'

As the city of Reykjavik expands, excavation begins for development of a hill once outside the city, near an old military installation from WWII. Bones are found in one of the foundation areas -- bones that have been there for a long time, possibly dating back to the war days. Who are they? Can Inspector Erlandur bridge the gap of time and find out what happened? At the same time, he is dealing with family tragedy, as his daughter lies in Intensive Care at the local hospital.

Interwoven with this is the tale of a violently dysfunctional family during the war years. How did their story end -- and is it related to the bones? How?

I stayed up late and started reading again early to finish this one. (I'm yawning now, but not when I was reading!) ( )
  tymfos | Jun 21, 2014 |
Got through it very fast and immediately read the next one - 'Voices' - which I liked better. More interesting plot and not so much violence to women. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jun 17, 2014 |
A skeleton is discovered on the site of new building construction and the police have to first determine who the victim is, how long it's been buried, and then the cause of death. At the same time as the bodu excavation is taking place DI Erlendur and his team are trying to find out who may have lived in the old housing projects that once stood on the site.

Erlendur is distracted, however, because his drug addict daughter is in a coma and he can't stop blaming himself.

Each time that I've sat down with this series, I have a hard time because the names of the characters are so different from what I'm used to. But each time, I've been very glad that I read the book. The writing, style and plotting are excellent. ( )
  cyderry | May 15, 2014 |
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 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312427328, Paperback)

 
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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