Read this as part of a wonderful series Oct 20, 2010
This is the sixth in this excellent series. If you like crime fiction I would urge you to read these novels in sequence. Over time you will learn about a moody and troubled policeman Erlendur who does things his own way - old fashioned detective work. No red herrings or blind alleys to mislead the reader just simple story telling which is interwoven by the history of our central character that means he is forever at a loss to explain his inability to socialise. How this back story unravels against each story in the series is what takes Indridason's writing to a different level.
Brilliant translation, quality writing set against the unique background of Iceland where one person's missing relative is another unsolved murder....perhaps. Read this once you've read the earlier books. Don't be put off by the seance plot - it plays out in a very normal story we can all identify with, this is a down to earth account of loss and searching for truth. It is the theme of the book both in the story and Erlendur's own journey of self-discovery.