This is a Reykjavik Murder Mystery. A skeleton is found half-buried in a dried out lake. The bones have been weighed down with an old radio transmitter: is this a clue to the victim, and the killer's identity? Detective Erlendur is called in to investigate and discovers that there may be a connection with a group of students who were sent to study ...
This is a Reykjavik Murder Mystery. A skeleton is found half-buried in a dried out lake. The bones have been weighed down with an old radio transmitter: is this a clue to the victim, and the killer's identity? Detective Erlendur is called in to investigate and discovers that there may be a connection with a group of students who were sent to study in East Germany during the Cold War, and with a young man who walked out of his family home one day, never to return. As the mystery deepens, Erlendur and his team must unravel a story of international espionage, murder and betrayal.
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Indridason captures essential attitudes, moods, and atmospheres. The characters and settings feel very real. He handles the separate threads very well and weaves a story that has the grittiness that brings the reader into the story. The setting are painted with enough detail to add to the sense of reality, but not so much as to bog down the narrative.
There is a well balanced sense of story telling and description so it never loses the tension, even when the characters are at low emotional points. There is no high tech wizardry used to move the story along; there are no car chases, foot chases, or things blowing up.
A well told tale. The conclusion is satisfying, not abrupt, and settles the human side of the story. This is for the folks who enjoy a story that unfolds at a very human pace. Great reading.
Oct 9, 2014
I didn't care for this book. Much to slow. Lost interest in the story, but read it to the end anyway.
Jul 7, 2011
This is Book Four of the Series they do need in some ways to be read in order, Erlender finally gets his life on track. There are an awful lot of flash backs in this book you can get lost for a moment. Still a very worthy Tome.
Jun 11, 2010
I have enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this writer. Many thanks.
Aug 6, 2009
Stumbled across this author while at the library. Ended up really enjoying the stories and characters. I now own all of this series.
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