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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. 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 and some anthropology students This takes weeks Initially we don t even know if it is a male or female skeleton but we do know it s been in the ground for 50 or 60 yearsFortunately Iceland has a low murder rate and three detectives with time on their hands so they immediately start investigating all disappearances 50 years ago in that area They come up with four people ranging from an Icelandic man who worked at the American Air Force base during WW II to a female who may or may not have thrown herself over a cliff during a love affairWe learn a bit about the private lives of the three detectives most notably an older man who has a drug addicted daughter and we follow his travails with her One of the detectives is female so we have the usual gender tension between her and the older manA major focus of the story goes back fifty years to the daily life of the man working at the air base He has a wife and two boys and the story to some extent becomes a catalog of the physical verbal and psychological abuse he inflicts on his wife and boys You have to have a strong stomach for some of it And near the end a surprise view spoiler there are two skeletons in the grave hide spoiler

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Grafarþögn

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

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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. Excellent follow up to Jar City Earlier themes and character development continue to advance while a new cold case involving bones found in a hillside provides an interesting mystery This time Erlendur is open to the reader There is now a background to his sadness and his behavior Maybe I should have done that long ago to come to terms with the life that was saved and give it a purpose But that didn t happenWe all have our burdens Maybe I don t suffer any than anyone else who has lost a loved one but I can t deal with it at all Something switched off in me loc 3622As for the mystery itself it involves both flashback and present day in a clever way and themes that are agelessI will very definitely read of Indridason s books in the future I ll seek them outHighly recommended


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 and some anthropology students This takes weeks Initially we don’t e

  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 uneart

  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

  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 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

  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 walked out on

  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 re

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    Silence of the Grave the fourth installment of Arnaldur Indriðason’s Inspector Erlendur series is sneaky good Rather than hitting you over th

  9. says:

    Excellent follow up to Jar City Earlier themes and character development continue to advance while a new cold case involving bones found in a hillside provides an interesting mystery This time Erlendur is open to the reader There is now a background to his sadness and his behavior Maybe I should have done that long ago to come to terms with the life that was saved and give it a purpose But that didn't happenWe all hav

  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