Silence of the Grave: An Inspector Erlendur Novel (An Inspector Erlendur Series #2) (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

ARNALDUR INDRIÐASON won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave and is the only author to win the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel two years in a row, for Jar City and Silence of the Grave. Strange Shores was nominated for the 2014 CWA Gold Dagger Award.

Praise For…

“[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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312427320
ISBN-10: 0312427328
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: August 21st, 2007
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: An Inspector Erlendur Series