Silence of the Grave – Arnaldur Indriðason

Another page turning Icelandic crime novel featuring complicated Detective Erlendur, juggling his his semi-estranged pregnant, drug addict daughter Eva Lind and fully estranged wife Halldóra on the one hand, and the discovery of a body buried in the hills above Reykjavík which are about to become the Millennium Quarter, the city’s latest housing development, on the other.

A novel about families, relationships and society’s reaction to domestic violence.

A plot so full of twists and turns you can’t be sure of where you’re going to end up until the very last page. Superb.

Publisher page: Silence of the Grave – Arnaldur Indriðason

For context and more background on the Reykjavík / Erlendur mysteries, read Crime Fiction Lover’s A Guide to Arnaldur Indriðason’s Detective Erlendur.

Northern exposureNicholas Wroe interviews Arnaldur Indridason, whose macabre thrillers, starring his ‘gloomy Scandinavian’ inspector Erlendur, are not only hugely popular in his native Iceland, but a growing global success (The Guardian, 17 June 2006)