This is book number 2 in the An Inspector Erlendur Series series.
Inspector Erlendur, from the critically Jar City, investigates the decades old murder of a body found in a Reykjavik, Iceland construction site. He's also estranged from his troubled daughter and must come to terms with a haunting tragedy from his childhood. Juxtaposed is the story of a woman, her three children and abusive husband who lived in a house on the construction site many years ago. Whose body is buried there? The solution to the mystery and evaluation of Erlendur's personal life make an entertaining read.— Sarah Knight
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.
“[Indridason applies] his austere style to a crime of such emotional breadth and sociological complexity that it acquires the sweep and consequence of epic storytelling. . . . Inspector Erlendur is one of the most compassionate detectives to come this way in a long time.” —The New York Times
“The best new series I've read this year comes from Iceland. Arnaldur Indridson is already an international literary phenom--and it's easy to see why. His novels are gripping, authentic, haunting, and lyrical. I can't wait for the next.” —Harlan Coben, bestselling author of Promise Me