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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (7 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099548550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099548553
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Here is a new voice that demands to be listened to" (Reginald Hill)

"A writer worth seeking out'" (Sunday Telegraph)

"One of the most brilliant crime writers of his generation" (Sunday Times)

"Inspector Erlendur is one of the most compassionate detectives to come this way in a long time" (New York Times)

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Detective Erlendur and his team investigate Reykjavík's hidden past to unravel a case of human nastiness. Tense, atmospheric and disturbingly real, this is an outstanding continuation of the Reykjavík Murder Mysteries.

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This novel, which won the Best Nordic Crime Award in the year it was published, is a worthy successor to the magnificent "Jar City" (now republished as Tainted Blood). In it Indridason tells three tales in parallel: the investigation into the identity of the bodies found in a shallow grave and two tales featuring female abuse from the days of WWII.
To be honest, the strength of this novel doesn't actually lie in the traditional murder mystery but in the depth of the social commentary. Abused wives and children still exist, but the behaviour of the abuser is no longer tolerated and social mechanisms are in place to protect the vulnerable. 60 years ago this was not the case and the portrait Indridason paints of a wife-batterer and his abused family is powerful and harrowing, yet never voyeuristic. He is more concerned with the psychological destruction of the soul rather than the physical breaking of bones.
The other strength of this novel is his downtrodden detective, Erlendur, whose family life is as traumatic as that of the people he investigates. Is Erlendur, who is portraited realistically, warts and all, partly to blame? This mystery is offered alongside the traditional murder and it's one for which there is no open and shut case.
I read this novel in 2 sittings. The author is one to watch. At one week in the summer of 2003, his crime novels occupied the top five spots in the Icelandic bestseller list.
Only two have been translated into English. Does anyone know when the next one is due?
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This is number 2 in the Erlendur series. Having read "Jar City" (number 1) first, I found this one much darker, and as much gripping as the first one. We find our now familiar cop heroes back, Erlendur and Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli, investigating a found skeleton. Without giving anything away about the plot, this is about two stories in parallel that obviously must meet somewhere, and it was skillfully told. I found the plot quite good, but what struck me the most was the clash between the dark mind of the "bad guy" and the courage of his victims. All this mirrored in Erlendur's present with his daughter. Quite impressive litterary feat, no frills, straight prose and dialogs, economy of language but very effective, all from the very first page.
Absolutely great stuff that kept me riveted.
Now I am almost afraid of starting the next one in the series, it can't be as good. I hope it is. GREAT WRITER.
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This is the second installment in Arnaldur Indridason's Detective Inspector Erlendur Svinssson series, and it definitely does, in my opinion, top "Jar City" -- the first book in the series. Evenly paced and highly suspenseful, it is no wonder that "Silence of the Grave" won the Golden Dagger Award. I certainly was riveted by this novel and (literally) read on relentlessly till the very last page.

When skeletal remains are discovered at the building site of a new housing estate, Detective Inspector Erlendur Svinsson and his team are called in to take charge of the case. The first thing the team must do is establish just how long the skeleton has lain buried, and then determine if this indeed a case of murder, or something else. And if certain members of Erlendur's team (Detective Sigurdur Oli in particular) aren't too sure why they're wasting so much time on a cold case, it is obvious that Erlendur holds to the belief that every suspicious death deserves an investigation, and that Erlendur at least feels that there is something suspicious about this mysterious burial. Elendur's quest to learn the truth will take him back to Iceland during W.W.II, and to the guilty secrets of two families in particular. This case will also lead him to reexamine on his own past and his own failed relationships with his ex-wife and his two children, and to wonder if it is not too late to repair the damage...

Arnadldue Indridason is a very gifted storyteller, and I have to thank both him and his brilliant translator, Bernard Scudder, for the 4 very pleasurable hours I spent reading "Silence of the Grave." The novel was evenly paced, taut and completely riveting.
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I have recently started reading the Reykjavik Murder Mysteries series in the correct order, and it's a wonderful experience. If you're a fan of Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell, this is the book/series for you.

The story is the second in the series featuring Detective Erlendur, a somber, middle-aged Icelandic detective whose personal problems provide a suitable backdrop to the muder mysteries he has to solve. This book starts with the most gripping first sentence (won't spoil it, go and read it). A very old human skeleton is discovered in a new suburb and Erlendur and his team are called in to investigate. The mystery unfolds with frequent flashbacks, but Indridason masterfully interweaves the current story with a painful history. In the process the surly Detective comes to terms with his daughter Eva's pregnancy - she is a junkie who tries to build a relationship with her father. In this book a dramatic event from the detective's past is also uncovered, and one ends up feeling increasingly warm towards the loner.

I loved this story, its simple but effective style and marvellous depiction of a strange country, Iceland.
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