Silence of the Grave

Arnaldur Indridason, Author, Bernard Scudder, Translator , trans. from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder. St. Martin's Minotaur/Dunne $22.95 (278p) ISBN 978-0-312-34071-1

In Indridason's excellent second mystery (after 2005's Jar City ), a skeleton, buried for more than 50 years, is uncovered at a building site on the outskirts of Reykjavík. Who is it? How did he or she die? And was it murder? The police wonder, chief among them the tortured, introspective Inspector Erlendur, introduced in Jar City . While an archeologist excavates the burial site, several other narratives unfold: a horrifying story of domestic abuse set during WWII, a search for missing persons that unearths almost-forgotten family secrets involving some of the city's most prominent citizens, and Erlendur's own painful family story (his estranged, drug-addicted daughter is in a coma, after miscarrying her child). All these strands are compelling, but it's the story of the physical and psychological battering of a young mother of three by her husband that resonates most. And the denouement of this astonishingly vivid and subtle novel is unexpected and immensely satisfying. Indridason has won the CWA Golden Dagger Award. Author tour. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 06/26/2006
Release date: 10/01/2006
Genre: Fiction
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