The Draining Lake Mass Market Paperback – Sep 2 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
At the start of Gold Dagger Award–winner Indridason's carefully plotted fourth entry in his crime series starring detective Erlendur Sveinsson (Jar City, etc.), a human skeleton surfaces in the bed of a lake near Reykjavik that's been mysteriously draining away. The bones are tied to some kind of Russian listening device, presumably a remnant of the Cold War. As Erlendur and his colleagues, Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli, go about checking on people who went missing around 1970, Erlendur is reminded of the disappearance of his younger brother when they were children. Erlendur's lifelong obsession with the missing provides a haunting metaphor for this lonely, middle-aged man, divorced and alienated from his own two children. Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli, on the other hand, aren't particularly persuasive characters, but flashbacks to the University of Leipzig during the Cold War provide compelling insights into the splintered politics of the day, as well as the Icelandic students studying there at the time. (Sept.)
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"Indridason pieces together a convincing plot, while exploring universal issues of political idealism and shattered dreams."
"A beautiful, sad, haunting tale of lost love and lost illusion, regret and betrayal."
"An absorbing story which confirms Indridason's place among the leading writers of Nordic crime fiction."
-- Sunday Telegraph
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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.
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.Read more ›
I have collected all of his books and await with suspense his next novel.
PS - I do hope however that the writer will resurrect Erlendur
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A great mystery that touches on the intrigue of the Cold War.Published 5 months ago by Bartosz Scheller