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.
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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!
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