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Silence of the Grave: A Thriller (original 2001; edition 2006)
Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason (2001)
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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.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:46 -0400)
Detective Erlendur and his team are invesigating past cases. Building work uncovers a shallow grave in Reykjavik, where once it was rolling and open hills. While Erlendur is struggling to hold together his own family, his investigations into the murder unearths other tales of pain. The hills have a lot of stories to tell, tales of failed relationships and heartbreak, anger, violence and fear, family loyalty and family shame. He finds that not many people are now alive to tell the story, but secrets taken to the grave cannot remain hidden forever.
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