Downtrodden detective Erlendur and his team must once again investigate Reykjavík's hidden past to unravel a case of human nastiness. Alive with tension and atmosphere and disturbingly real, this is an outstanding continuation of the Reykjavík Murder Mysteries.
Building work in an expanding Reykjavík uncovers a shallow grave. Years before, this part of the city was all open hills, and Erlendur and his team hope this is a typical Icelandic missing person scenario; perhaps someone once lost in the snow, who has lain peacefully buried for decades. Things are never that simple. Whilst Erlendur struggles to hold together the crumbling fragments of his own family, his case unearths many other tales of family pain. The hills have more than one tragic story to tell: tales of failed relationships and heartbreak; of anger, domestic violence and fear; of family loyalty and family shame. Few people are still alive who can tell the story, but even secrets taken to the grave cannot remain hidden forever.
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Silence of the Grave Winner of the CWA Golden Dagger Award
Translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder
Praise for Indridason’s previous novel featuring Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson, Jar City
“Classic mystery fiction, both compassionate and thrilling. Indridason is about to become one of the brightest stars in the genre’s dark skies.”
- John Connolly, author of Dark Hollow
“A great crime novel . . . excellent.”
- The Baltimore Sun
“Riveting. Look for Indridason to appear on critics’ shortlists for best new author, best mystery novel, and so forth.”
“Fans of mystery in general and Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum can only exult.”
- Library Journal (starred review)
“No wonder Arnaldur Indridason won so many awards. He’s a great storyteller, and American readers will overwhelmingly agree.”
- C. J. Box, Anthony Award-winning author of Out of Range
“Reminiscent of Simenon.”
- Reginald Hill, author of Dialogues of the Dead
“Gripping. . . . There is a Ross Macdonald element to all this . . . recalls Madeleine Nabb and Donna Leon.”
ARNALDUR INDRIDASON was born in 1961, the son of an Icelandic author. Having worked for many years as a journalist and reviewer for an Icelandic newspaper, he began writing novels. He won the Nordic Crime Novel Award for Tainted Blood (originally published in the UK under the title Jar City) and, in the following year, for its sequel, Silence of the Grave. Tainted Blood is his first novel to be translated into English.
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Book Description Vintage Books, 2006. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099469545