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Silence of the Grave: Reykjavik Murder Mysteries, Book 2 | [Arnaldur Indridason]

Silence of the Grave: Reykjavik Murder Mysteries, Book 2

When a skeleton is discovered half-buried in a construction site outside of ReykjavIk, 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?
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Inspector Erlendur returns in this gripping Icelandic thriller

When a skeleton is discovered half-buried in a construction site outside of ReykjavIk, 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.

©2002 Arnaldur Indridason, English translation ©2005 by Bernard Scudder (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Kevin Austin, TX, United States 07-30-14
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    "Not what I expected"
    What did you like best about Silence of the Grave? What did you like least?

    I thought that Silence of the Grave would be more like a Harry Hole or Harry Bosch book but not quite. I bought this book based on the fantastic reviews which were just a bit skewed in my opinion. I was hoping for a more macho storyline and am not one who enjoys soap operas and family dramas.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was a bit of a surprise in that it was very abrupt.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George Guidall is always a great narrator and this book was no exception.


    Do you think Silence of the Grave needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I believe it is already a series.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to see a search filter that delineates books rated highly by men vs those rated highly by women.

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    Sandy ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States 07-14-14
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    "Talk about depressing!!!"
    If you could sum up Silence of the Grave in three words, what would they be?

    domestic violence, drug abuse


    Has Silence of the Grave turned you off from other books in this genre?

    well, I probably won't read another book by this particular author for awhile.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The two story lines were both VERY VERY depressing; it wasn't a good fit for me at this point.


    Any additional comments?

    A story of domestic violence and drug abuse.

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