A brilliant new mystery from the winner of the CWA Gold Dagger - haunting, gripping and provoking.
ARNALDUR INDRIDASON worked for many years as a journalist and critic before he began writing novels. Outside Iceland, he is best known for his crime novels featuring Erlendur and Sigurdur Oli, which are consistent bestsellers in his home country and in Germany. The series has won numerous awards, including the Nordic Glass Key (both for Tainted Blood and Silence of the Grave) and the CWA Gold Dagger (for Silence of the Grave).
Missing persons particularly pique the interest of ReykjavIk police inspector Erlendur, still haunted by the loss of his younger brother in a blizzard that he survived as a child. When the mysteriously draining Lake Kleifarvatn reveals a skeleton tied to an old Russian radio transmitter, Erlendur and colleagues Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli delve into the cold war era, when promising young Icelandic socialists were sent to Leipzig to study, and one of them lost the woman he loved in the atmosphere of "interactive surveillance." Considering himself a failure in family relationships, the introspective and dogged Erlendur is motivated to bring closure to a 70-year-old woman still waiting for her long-vanished lover; even a missing hubcap is a key to this case. Erlendur's developing relationship with a married woman, Elinborg's newfound success as a cookbook author, and Sigurdur Oli's phone calls from a troubled man add depth and texture to the fourth in Indridason's award-winning Nordic series (after Voices). This is exceptional fiction that transcends its genre.--Michele Leber, Arlington, VA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"A haunting, compassionate work" * Observer * "Indridason manages to keep the reader guessing about the identity of both killer and victim right to the last" * Sunday Express * "An absorbing story which confirms Indridason's place among the leading writers of Nordic crime fiction" * Sunday Telegraph * "Beautifully written and translated, the novel has both a strong sense of place and themes that transcend it; it confirms Indridason as one of those crime writers who rises above genre, combining suspense with moving insights into the human condition" * Sunday Times * "Indridason pieces together a convincing plot, while exploring universal issues of political idealism and shattered dreams" * Daily Mirror *