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Silence of the Grave

Silence of the Grave

Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason

Summary: 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.

s comments: The library doesn’t have the first book in the Reykjavik Murder Mystery Series, but it does have this second book, Silence of the Grave. You don’t need the first book to dive into this book. Erlendur is a flawed person, but a good detective. Silence of the Grave is a tale of two families, each unhappy in their own way. I am currently reading the other books in the series.

Recommended for readers of Nordic mysteries.