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Mple 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 togeth. Erlendur Sveinsson must be the only person in Iceland who prefers the heavy dark days of winter over the bright frivolous days of summer Then again that s not so surprising His dour disposition would make Edinburgh s Rebus Oxford s Morse or Ystad s Wallander look like the cheery court of a homecoming princess He has reason to be depressed Estranged from his grown children hated by his ex wife and guilt ridden for his real and imagined failures Erlendur spends evenings by the bedside of his daughter s hospital bed doubtful if she ll ever awaken from a drug induced coma He mulls over why he left his family wondering if he should have or could have been involved in his children s lives and struggles to say anything to fill the empty space surrounding his daughter His emotional frigidity matches the desolation of his world outside echoing themes of isolation and despair So when a skeleton surfaces at a housing development it represents not only a crime but Erlendur s biggest fears and regrets as a father son and brotherSilence of the Grave is structured with parallel plot lines the police investigation Erlendur heads and the story of a woman and her abusive husband living on the outskirts of Reykjavik during WWII Her story is brutal and it s difficult to get through scenes showing the husband s emotional and physical battering of his wife and children Much of the novel unearths family silences and secrets and the subseuent police investigation uncovers how much abuse of that time remained as invisible as the deeply buried skeleton For those who enjoy mysteries and crime fiction this novel doesn t have the switchbacks and the twists turns that make crime fiction a page turning addiction What does make it engrossing are the fully realized characters both major and minor and their responses to a half century old murder family taboos and uestions about what gives life meaning Library book

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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 Reykjavík Inspector Erlendur finds himself knee deep in both a crime scene and an ar. Silence of the Grave Inspector Erlendur 4 Arnaldur Indri asonInspector Erlendur returns in this gripping Icelandic thriller When a skeleton is discovered half buried in a construction site outside of Reykjav k 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 2019 1397 297 9786001199950 21 1398 388 9786008668701 1961 2005 26031399

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Cheological 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 si. Don t pick this one up if you want something warm and fuzzy it s definitely the opposite But then again it s gloominess somehow seems a propos considering not only the main story here but the ongoing story of Erlandur Sveinsson the main character here He s not a happy man nor does he have any reason to be his children hate him his ex wife lies about him and he s got ghosts from his past that continually haunt him But as a detective he s got to let all of that go so that he can do his job As the story opens a baby is discovered playing with a piece of a human rib bone The baby s mother makes her other child take her to where he found the bone and an entire skeleton is discovered The police are called in and they have no choice but to wait until the archaeologists slowly and carefully work through the excavation to be able to even determine the sex of the bones All that s known is that the skeleton is probably uite old rather than recent anywhere from 50 to 70 years old While they wait for the archaeologists Erelendur and his team begin trying to figure out just who may have lived around the area in the past and to see if anyone may have gone missing around the time whoever it is laying in the ground was put in there As the police begin their investigations they become aware that a young woman went missing presumed a suicide and that the man to whom she was engaged was the owner of the property years ago when the area was shared with a military base during WWII Interwoven with this story is another about a family of former residents of the area a woman and her children who find themselves victims of the husbandfather a wife beater who not only uses physical violence but kills the soul as he metes out his abuse Between the two storylines you ll find yourself literally unable to put the book down That along with Erlendur s personal problems and the ghosts of his past coming back to haunt him make for one incredible read If you ve read Jar City you ve got to read this one The author s characterization is realistic the story is moving and the writing is excellent Highly recommended to those who enjoy good mysteries in general or to those who are looking for at good Scandinavian mystery writer Most excellent


10 thoughts on “Grafarþögn

  1. says:

    We get right into it with the first sentence “He knew at once it was a human bone when he took it from the baby who was sitting on the floor chewing it”A skeleton is uncovered at a construction site for a new housing development outside of Reykjavik The excavation of the skeleton is turned over to a crew from the university a professor an

  2. says:

    Silence of the Grave Inspector Erlendur #4 Arnaldur IndriðasonInspector Erlendur returns in this gripping Icelandic thriller When a skeleton is discovered half buried in a construction site outside of Reykjavík 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 w

  3. says:

    When I was a teenager I was a big fan of detective novels to the effect that I was contemplating the possibility of joining the Police force I was even conducting my own investigations When I was around 14 I liked a boy from church who was older than me I found out his name where he lived that he had a sister and other information I even followed him once Then one Sunday after the sermon I approached him and blurted out everyth

  4. says:

    Don't pick this one up if you want something warm and fuzzy it's definitely the opposite But then again it's gloominess somehow see

  5. says:

    The routinely glum Reykavík based Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is a man for whom the past weighs heavy on her shoulders from the childhood loss of his brother in a blizzard to his complicated relationships with the children he wal

  6. says:

    The first time i read this gorgeous novel when I was at 16 i see myself in some pieces in this story I was struggling to read fast so maybe I see conclusions that make world and especially my reality better But i shocked at the end It was ultimate nightmare Kafka This novel make you give up the world line by line and become accomplice with your annihilation Silence of the grave it is shortly best novel I hav

  7. says:

    Erlendur Sveinsson must be the only person in Iceland who prefers the “heavy dark” days of winter over the “bright” “frivolous” days

  8. says:

    Silence of the Grave the fourth installment of Arnaldur Indriðason’s Inspector Erlendur series is sneaky good Rather than hitting you over the head with a sudden grisly murder and in depth character studies the story unfolds so slowly that you might wonder if there really was a crime at allIt begins when a medical student spots a

  9. says:

    Excellent follow up to Jar City Earlier themes and character development continue to advance while a new cold case involving

  10. says:

    Crime fiction doesn't get much less cosy than this I'd been nervous about trying Nordic noir thinking it would be too depressing but although this book is just as bleak and dark as I expected I found it a compelling read