In the wake of an earthquake, the water level of an Icelandic lake drops suddenly, revealing the skeleton of a man half-buried in its sandy bed. It is clear immediately that it has been there for many years. There is a large hole in the skull. Yet more mysteriously, a heavy communication device is attached to it, possibly some sort of radio transmitter, bearing inscriptions in Russian. The police are called in and Erlendur, Elinborg, and Sigurdur Olii begin their investigation, which gradually leads them back to the time of the Cold War when bright, left-wing students would be sent from Iceland to study in the "heavenly state" of communist East Germany.
©2004 Arnaldur Indridason (P)2013 Recorded Books
This book went back and forth between the present mystery of a skeleton in a drained lake, and East Germany's communism. Iceland is the focus of a communist spy supposedly selling farm equipment fifty years ago. How he became that spy is told along with the history of Icelandic students being educated in Germany and exposed to communist propaganda. The story was just that that interesting. Not much of a mystery. The whole book could have been at least an hour shorter. Not one of my favorites.
I was really looking forward to this book. While it was very good, well performed, and interesting historically, I was hoping for more of a geology connection.
Another great read! Thank you.
I agree with the others that said the unfamiliar names & the jumping back & forth in the past & present was difficult to follow, but I'm glad I stayed with it.
I also enjoyed the history lesson.
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