Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason
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"Now Iceland has its own Mankell."
---Holger Kreitling, Die Welt (Germany)

Last year Jar City introduced international crime-writing sensation Arnaldur Indridason to rave reviews and a rousing welcome from American thriller fans. And now, Silence of the Grave, the next in this stunning series has won the coveted Golden Dagger Award. Presented by the British Crime Writers' Association, previous winners of this award include John Le Carre, Minette Walters, Henning Mankell, and James Lee Burke.

In Silence of the Grave, a corpse is found on a hill outside the city of Reykjavík, and Detective Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson and his team think the body may have been buried for some years.

While Erlendur struggles to hold together the crumbling fragments of his own family, slowly but surely he finds out the truth about another unhappy family. Few people are still alive who can tell the tale, but even secrets taken to the grave cannot remain hidden forever.

Destined to be a classic in the world of crime fiction, Silence of the Grave is one of the most accomplished thrillers in recent years.

 

About Arnaldur Indridason

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ARNALDUR INDRIDASON won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave and is the only author to win the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel two years in a row, for Jar City and Silence of the Grave. The film of Jar City, now available from Netflix, was Iceland's entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and the film of his next book, Silence of the Grave, is currently in production with the same director. The recent film Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg, is based on an Icelandic film written by Indridason, who lives in Reykjavik, Iceland.
 
Published August 21, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 308 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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After the infant’s brother Tóti sheepishly reveals that he found the bone at a construction site down the street, stolid Reykjavík police inspector Erlendur Sveinsson (Jar City, 2005) cordons off the area as a crime scene, to the chagrin of the builder.

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April was the teenage hooker Spenser first rescued and then turned over to a New York madam for proper training in “Ceremony.” In trouble again, she returned a few years later in “Taming a Sea-Horse.” Now the manager of a “boutique cathouse” in Boston’s Back Bay, she shows up at Spenser’s office ...

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Entertainment Weekly

When a decades-old skeleton is found at a Reykjavík construction site, an emotionally crippled detective digs into the very cold case while coping with his strung-out daughter.

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SILENCE OF THE GRAVE won the British Crime Writers' Association Golden Dagger in 2005 for best crime novel of the year and will be the last translated book to win, as the CWA has confined future awards to novels originally written in English.

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