Silence of the Grave
An Inspector Erlendur Novel
By Arnaldur Indridason
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312340711, 288pp.)
Publication Date: October 3, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
Arnaldur Indridason was born in 1961. He worked at an Icelandic newspaper, first as a journalist and then for many years as a film reviewer. He won the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel for both Jar City and Silence of the Grave, and in 2005 Silence of the Grave also won the Golden Dagger Award. Indridason lives in Reykjavík, Iceland, and he and J.K. Rowling are the only authors to simultaneously hold the top three spots on the Icelandic bestseller list. His next novel in the series is forthcoming soon from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur.
"Excellent . . . compelling. . . . The denouement of this astonishingly vivid and subtle novel is unexpected and immensely satisfying."- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A resonant psychological crime novel rich in unflinching observations about family relationships."- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)