Silence Of The Grave (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 2) Paperback – 7 Oct 2010
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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)
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.See all Product Description
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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?
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two storylines begin with the discovery of a skeleton during building works for a new housing development. They are skillfully woven together to a terrifying conclusion. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
characters were authentic and interesting. The plot lived on after i stopped reading with lives that were troubled but seemed true.Published 1 month ago by marionq
A great book. Poignant and Indiridason's writing style stays away from some of the hysterical Scandi crime styles one sees often. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Harry Attwell
A skeleton is discovered on a building site and the small police team have a difficult task in working out who it is and how he or she died. Read morePublished 3 months ago by GeordieReader
Multi-layered police procedural situated in the year 2000 and full of flashbacks to the years preceding WW II and the wartime occupation of Iceland by Britain and the US, when... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alfred J. Kwak
Another great crime novel from my newly discovered favourite Scandinavian author. Read it. You will be drawn in to Detective Inspector Ehrlander's world. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mrs Gillian Turner
I really enjoyed this one, a perfect page turner for these dark evenings. I look forward to more from this author.Published 7 months ago by Brian Balneaves
The third book by Indridason that I have read and as compelling as the others, Jar City and Outrage. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pam Haezewindt