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Heological 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 simp 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 have read in literatureWaring Don t read it if you optimistic

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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 arc 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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Le 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 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


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

  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 une

  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

  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 him But as a detect

  5. says:

    The routinely glum Reykavík based Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is a man for whom the past weighs heavy on her sh

  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

  7. says:

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

  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

  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 depre

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