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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (Sept. 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099494140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099494140
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 11.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #324,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By gordon gray on June 20 2013
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No problems with this order, It was down load to my phone right away, I also like the conformation by email, I would recommend this to my friends.

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I just like the Author's slow and methodical approach. His crime stories are unusual in that he shows the Hero, Dective Erlendur, in a unsentimental approach in solving a crime and yet with extraordinary empathy with human suffering.

I have collected all of his books and await with suspense his next novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 2 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The is a gripping and haunting story taking place in present day Iceland and partly in East Germany during the Cold War era.

The tale begins when waters of Lake Kleifarvatn mysteriously recede revealing a 30 year old skeleton weighted down by Russian listening equipment. Police inspector Erlendur and his team, detectives Elinborg and Oli reopen the Missing Persons files and the investigation leads them to the University of Leipzip and the long-buried history of Icelandic espionage, Communist party recruitment and murder.

The case provides the reader with a deep look at Erlendur a deeply private man haunted by memories of his younger brother who vanished when they were children and of his two estranged children. We have with this story a fascinating glimpse of the academic politics during the Cold War with a denouement as unsuspected as it is tragic. The author once again has written an astonishing thriller.
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By Bebica on Oct. 9 2011
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I have managed to read almost all of the Arnaldur Indridason books and found this one to be okay. I just couldn't get into it like the rest. Don't get me wrong, it was readable but not my favourite.
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In prose that is as cold as the windswept terrain of outer Reykjavik, Detective Inspector Erlendur and his colleagues Sigurdur Óli and Elínborg follow the discovery of a skeleton after the waters of Lake Kleifarvatin evaporate after an earthquake. Initially discovered by the a hydrologist working for the Energy Authority, the skull has a hole in it. Even as the forensics team unearth the skeleton, Erlendur and Elinborg see there is not even a single piece of flesh or scrap of clothing left on it. Only a bulky black metal box, tied by a rope to the bones and what appeared to be broken instruments with black dials and black buttons are visible. According to forensics it appears to be an old Soviet transmitter.

The case requires Erlendur's immediate attention even as he fights his own demons, snapping abruptly into flashbacks - his past as a young investigator, his lack of communication with his son and his loss how to deal with his junkie daughter, along with the memories of his dead brother, lost on an wintry expedition. Looming large in the investigation is his old colleague, Marion Briem, who is almost near death, forced to inhale oxygen after a lifetime of smoking. Erlendur, Elinborg and Sigurdur get right down to business, the case getting little complicated when it is revealed that the skeleton may belong to a spy, perhaps an East German diplomat who disappeared back in 1969.

The trio interview an middle-aged woman who once stood outside a dairy shop where she worked waiting for her boyfriend, called Leopold. suddenly he vanished. Apparently, the man was in Iceland selling East German farm machinery and diggers and owned a black Ford falcon. The most likely explanation unfortunately was that for some reason he killed himself.
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