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Silence of the Grave: A Thriller by Arnaldur…

Silence of the Grave: A Thriller (original 2001; edition 2006)

by Arnaldur Indridason

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Title:Silence of the Grave: A Thriller
Authors:Arnaldur Indridason
Info:St. Martin's Minotaur (2006), Hardcover, 288 pages
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Tags:domestic abuse, Iceland, crime fiction, Reykjavik

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Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason (2001)


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A really well-paced mystery that juxtaposes a present-day police investigation and a violent family history from WWII. It quickly becomes obvious to the reader that the newly-discovered skeleton, buried for decades, will be explained by the family's story, but who the corpse is is an open question until the very end. ( )
  auntmarge64 | Jul 18, 2018 |
Having read the first in this series (Jar City) and being impressed by the plot but let down by the lack of character development I decided to buy the second in the series and see how it went.

Character development, which progressed at a slow pace in Jar City, has picked up pace in the second instalment as you start to get to know a little more of Erlendur's life and difficulties with his family, along with a little more of the other characters.

The pace of Silence of the Grave is slower that that of Jar City and the plot has less relevance to modern day issues in Iceland, which made Jar City a that little more interesting. However, even with the slow pace, I was still gripped as Erlendur and co piece together bit by bit the identity of the discovered body and was left guessing until the very end.

Overall, a slow burner that had me gripped and guessing until the very end. Already ordered the third in the series. ( )
  Jawin | Dec 29, 2017 |
I am disappointed that this is not going to be a series that I will return to. I did finish it. The characters were extreme characterizations, not believable. Many of the situations felt too contrived, again not believable. ( )
  robertadianne | Oct 13, 2017 |
The back story was interesting, but everything about this "mystery" was very predictable. If you like genuine mysteries, skip this one. ( )
  Lindoula | Sep 25, 2017 |
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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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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.… (more)

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