Silence of the Grave

Silence of the Grave

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"Now Iceland has its own Mankell."
---Holger Kreitling, Die Welt (Germany)

Last year Jar City introduced international crime-writing sensation Arnaldur Indridason to rave reviews and a rousing welcome from American thriller fans. And now, Silence of the Grave, the next in this stunning series has won the coveted Golden Dagger Award. Presented by the British Crime Writers' Association, previous winners of this award include John Le Carre, Minette Walters, Henning Mankell, and James Lee Burke.
In Silence of the Grave, a corpse is found on a hill outside the city of Reykjavík, and Detective Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson and his team think the body may have been buried for some years.
While Erlendur struggles to hold together the crumbling fragments of his own family, slowly but surely he finds out the truth about another unhappy family. Few people are still alive who can tell the tale, but even secrets taken to the grave cannot remain hidden forever.
  Destined to be a classic in the world of crime fiction, Silence of the Grave is one of the most accomplished thrillers in recent years.
Uniform Title: Grafarþögn. English
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2006.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312340711
0312340710
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 278 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Scudder, Bernard 1954-2007.

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dubonnet
Aug 12, 2016

Terrific, well written thriller. Suspenseful to the very end!
I read it straight through!

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Dreamstime
Apr 21, 2015

This is a difficult book to review because I don't want to leave spoilers. A skeleton is found buried with its hand reaching up as though struggling to reach the surface. The challenge facing investigators, to determine the who, when, and what, provides the story arc. But the book is more than this. It is a human interest tale. Think of a tapestry of threads of light (of courage, perseverance, sacrifice, love) interwoven with threads of darkness (of cruelty, indifference, violence). When I finished the book, I had to take a few moments to let the impact of the story percolate in my mind. This book is worth your time if you are willing to face the relationship between dark and light. At times, not an easy read. But the journey is worth it.

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2005emily
Jan 04, 2015

Loved this book. I am a huge fan of murder mysteries and I just discovered this writer and I'm hooked. So well written and a real nice change to have it set in Iceland.

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LindaMarion
Jun 07, 2013

this book kept me interested right to the very end.full of surprises. good book!

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mrperkins
Feb 24, 2010

Lately I have been reading mystery/detective novels written by people in other countries. One of the most interesting literary adventures I have undertaken. Not only have I discovered some fascinating new writers (new to me) I am learning a lot about other cultures.

This particular author may just be the best of the lot. Give him time. I did not like the book, or rather did not get it, until halfway through. Then I started to appreciate the plot and subtleties and story line. The book is set in Iceland - a country of around only 300,000 people. It offers you some very good glimpses of the culture, society, and family life that I do not think you will find elsewhere.

At times the difficulty of translating the book, I understand Icelandic is a very hard language to learn, shows through. Oddly that ads to the interest of the book rather than taking away from it although you wonder sometimes if the translation is accurate or if an exact translation is even possible.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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