Building work in an expanding Reykjavik uncovers a shallow grave. Years before, this part of the city was all open hills, and Erlendur and his team hope this is a typical Icelandic missing person scenario; perhaps someone once lost in the snow, who has lain peacefully buried for decades. Things are never that simple. Whilst Erlendur struggles to ...
Building work in an expanding Reykjavik uncovers a shallow grave. Years before, this part of the city was all open hills, and Erlendur and his team hope this is a typical Icelandic missing person scenario; perhaps someone once lost in the snow, who has lain peacefully buried for decades. Things are never that simple. Whilst Erlendur struggles to hold together the crumbling fragments of his own family, his case unearths many other tales of family pain. The hills have more than one tragic story to tell: tales of failed relationships and heartbreak; of anger, domestic violence and fear; of family loyalty and family shame. Few people are still alive who can tell the story, but even secrets taken to the grave cannot remain hidden forever...It is the winner of the CWA Gold Dagger.
Fair. Creased cover and spine, sticker residue and scuffs on cover/spine, water stains on bottom edge of all pages. Obviously well-worn and handled but no text pages are missing, however, it may be without endpapers or a title page. There might be markings, but they do not interfere with readability.
Fair. A readable copy only. All pages and the cover are intact, may not include dust jacket. Pages may include considerable notes in pen or have highlighting. Possible ex library copy. May not contain accessories.
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Good. 2007-Paperback-Used-Good--Shows some shelf-wear. May contain old price stickers or their residue, inscriptions or dedications from previous owners in first few pages and remainder marks.-. -Hall Street Books proudly ships from Brooklyn, NY. All orders are processed and shipped within 24 business hours, Mon-Fri. Expedited shipping and tracking available within the US. Hall Street's No-Worry guarantee lets you buy with confidence!
It took some time for me to get into the story. The plot seemed a little slow to me. The story went in to many directions. I didn't like it as much as his other books.
Nov 21, 2013
You won't put it down easily
I've read all of Arnaldur Indridason's books and I feel he is one of the top international mystery writers. His plots and characters are unique to Iceland in many ways but fit into the international milieu as well. You never know what he will come up with next and you keep on reading....
Jan 17, 2013
couldn't put it down
Jjust finished reading all the book by Arnaldur Indridason and found them all to be excellently written. It was hard to stop reading and many nights didn't get to sleep before 3 A.M. I especially liked his last book, "Operation Bonaparte ". I reccomend reading all of his books preferably in order of publishing.
Mar 23, 2010
A Fascinating Book
This is definitely a book that will command your full attention from the first to the last page. A well developed plot and a fluid and precise narrative having as background a fascinating and mysterious scenario as only Iceland could be.
A ?must read? choice for the lovers of Sjowall & Wahloo and Henning Mankell, in the best tradition of the Swedish crime novels. I really enjoyed it!
Publishers Weekly, 2006-06-26 In Indridason's excellent second mystery (after 2005's Jar City), a skeleton, buried for more than 50 years, is uncovered at a building site on the outskirts of Reykjavik. Who is it? How did he or she die? And was it murder? The police wonder, chief among them the tortured, introspective Inspector Erlendur, introduced in Jar City. While an archeologist excavates the burial site, several other narratives unfold: a horrifying story of domestic abuse set during WWII, a search for missing persons that unearths almost-forgotten family secrets involving some of the city's most prominent citizens, and Erlendur's own painful family story (his estranged, drug-addicted daughter is in a coma, after miscarrying her child). All these strands are compelling, but it's the story of the physical and psychological battering of a young mother of three by her husband that resonates most. And the denouement of this astonishingly vivid and subtle novel is unexpected and immensely satisfying. Indridason has won the CWA Golden Dagger Award. Author tour. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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