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summary Grafarþögn, series Grafarþögn, book Grafarþögn, pdf Grafarþögn, Grafarþögn 2015a83ce7 Inspector Erlendur Returns In This Gripping Icelandic Thriller When A Skeleton Is Discovered Half Buried In A Construction Site Outside Of Reykjav K, Inspector Erlendur Finds Himself Knee Deep In Both A Crime Scene And An Archeological Dig Bone By Bone, The Body Is Unearthed, And The Brutalizing History Of A Family Who Lived Near The Building Site Comes To Light Along With It Was The Skeleton A Man Or A Woman, A Victim Or A Killer, And Is This A Simple Case Of Murder Or A Long Concealed Act Of Justice As Erlendur Tries To Crack This Cold Case, He Must Also Save His Drug Addicted Daughter From Self Destruction And Somehow Glue His Hopelessly Fractured Family Back Together


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  1. says:

    We get right into it with the first sentence He knew at once it was a human bone, when he took it from the baby who was sitting on the floor chewing it A skeleton is uncovered at a construction site for a new housing development outside of Reykjavik The excavation of the skeleton is turned over to a crew from the university a professor and some anthropology students This takes weeks Initially we don t even know if it is a male or female skeleton but we do know it s been in the ground for 50 or 60 years.Fortunately Iceland has a low murder rate and three detectives with time on their hands so they immediately start investigating all disappearances 50 years ago in that area They come up with four people ranging from an Icelandic man who worked at the American Air Force base during WW II to a female who may or may not have thrown herself over a cliff during a love affair.We learn a bit about the private lives of the three detectives, most notably an older man who has a drug addicted daughter, and we follow his travails with her One of the detectives is female so we have the usual gender tension between her and the older man.A major focus of the story goes back fifty years to the daily life of the man working at the air base He has a wife and two boys and the story to some extent becomes a catalog of the physical, verbal and psychological abuse he inflicts on his wife and boys You have to have a strong stomach for some of it And near the end a surprise view spoiler there are two skeletons in the grave hide spoiler


  2. says:

    When I was a teenager, I was a big fan of detective novels, to the effect that I was contemplating the possibility of joining the Police force I was even conducting my own investigations When I was around 14, I liked a boy from church who was older than me I found out his name, where he lived, that he had a sister and other information I even followed him once Then, one Sunday after the sermon, I approached him and blurted out everything I had found out about him I remember I was awfully dressed, with a pair of woolen stockings that wrinkled around my knees Maybe it was the first time I became aware of my clothes To my surprise, the boy Octavian, I remember his name even now was not shocked by my boldness, instead he was very kind and asked what my name was Nothing romantic came out of that encounter, but we remained friends That s the way I was and I don t think I ve changed too much over the years I still like to fit pieces together, make connections and understand things But one thing I stopped doing was following boys That s not a proper review for this book, I know The point is that I used to love detective novels in my youth I haven t revisited the genre for quite a long time, but now I m set upon finding some good such literature that could entertain me when I m tired or stressed out I want to get back that wonderful feeling when I was engrossed in a captivating investigation, red in the face with too much tension, oblivious to everything around me, even pretending to be sick so that I could skip school, stay home and read Well, I m aware that I might not get that feeling back, as I m grown up now But still, there is hope Arnaldur Indri ason s novels are moderately good, the cases are puzzling and the investigation procedures keep me interested I also prick my ears at every mention of Iceland and its people, because I have a genuine interest in this country Indri ason s novels are not what I m looking for, though, because there is no great tension, no shocking conclusion and what bothers me the most there are other layers to the story that I m not really interested in, mainly the insights into the detectives personal life Honestly, they are boring Still, these parts are way better than what I ve found in Camilla L ckberg s The Hidden Child, which was a kind of soap opera If you have some expectations from literature, please stay away from Camilla L ckberg The two stars reflect my interest in only 1 3 of the novel, which dealt with the investigative part One third was about events that happened long ago a depressing account of an Icelandic family who had to put up with physical and mental abuse from a monster of a husband and father This part was heart wrenching and I couldn t bear it in its entirety, so I mostly read between the lines The remaining 1 3 of the novel was about the detectives personal lives, which I found rather boring, so I mostly subjected them to quick reading techniques The layers were interspersed, which made the actual plot thin and diluted.My request to you, the ones who read detective novels, is to recommend me good books that mainly deal with cases, investigations and with a plot that truly builds tension I want to get that feeling back and I m really getting frustrated that I can t Or maybe I should learn to get over it


  3. says:

    Don t pick this one up if you want something warm and fuzzy it s definitely the opposite But then again, it s gloominess somehow seems a propos, considering not only the main story here, but the ongoing story of Erlandur Sveinsson, the main character here He s not a happy man, nor does he have any reason to be his children hate him, his ex wife lies about him and he s got ghosts from his past that continually haunt him But as a detective, he s got to let all of that go so that he can do his job As the story opens, a baby is discovered playing with a piece of a human rib bone The baby s mother makes her other child take her to where he found the bone, and an entire skeleton is discovered The police are called in, and they have no choice but to wait until the archaeologists slowly and carefully work through the excavation to be able to even determine the sex of the bones All that s known is that the skeleton is probably quite old, rather than recent, anywhere from 50 to 70 years old While they wait for the archaeologists, Erelendur and his team begin trying to figure out just who may have lived around the area in the past, and to see if anyone may have gone missing around the time whoever it is laying in the ground was put in there As the police begin their investigations, they become aware that a young woman went missing, presumed a suicide, and that the man to whom she was engaged was the owner of the property years ago, when the area was shared with a military base during WWII Interwoven with this story is another about a family of former residents of the area, a woman and her children who find themselves victims of the husband father, a wife beater who not only uses physical violence, but kills the soul as he metes out his abuse Between the two storylines, you ll find yourself literally unable to put the book down That, along with Erlendur s personal problems and the ghosts of his past coming back to haunt him, make for one incredible read If you ve read Jar City, you ve got to read this one The author s characterization is realistic, the story is moving and the writing is excellent Highly recommended to those who enjoy good mysteries in general, or to those who are looking for at good Scandinavian mystery writer Most excellent.


  4. says:

    The routinely glum Reykav k based Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is a man for whom the past weighs heavy on her shoulders, from the childhood loss of his brother in a blizzard to his complicated relationships with the children he walked out on decades earlier Introspective at the best of times, the discovery of a human skeleton on the Grafarholt hill that has been revealed by the building work on the fringes of an ever expanding Reykav k takes him on a quest to piece together the identity of the skeleton and discover how they died For Erlendur with a legacy of guilt arising from his brothers death his immediate first thought is that this is a typical Icelandic missing persons case of succumbing to the inhospitable landscape But what he finds buried in a shallow grave that was once open hills is a far complicated matter and tells a sweeping tale of both the history of Reykjav k, its citizens and the secrets that have gone to the grave Set alongside the investigation is the urgent cry for help from Erlendur s drug addicted and pregnant daughter, Eva Lind, and his ensuing vigil at her bedside which leads the detective to face some of his own mistakes of the past As Eva Lind miscarries and lies in a coma, the harrowing story that is revealed seems fitting as Erlendur awaits a chance to address his own familial woes In a novel which begins with a painstaking excavation of a skeleton that has lain buried for what appears to be some fifty to seventy years it is the pedantic museum archaeologist, Skarph dinn, and his urge for patience that sets the pace for a novel of minimal action with a negligible police procedural element Readers hoping for a rapid identification of the bones may be disappointed, however Indri ason does something far superior and uses this gradual unearthing to weave a compelling story of the past and a touching exploration of some very poignant stories which lie buried Given the paucity of leads forthcoming from the haphazard record keeping over the years at time of both a housing shortage, the rapid expansion of the outskirts of Reykjav k and the wartime stationing of first British and then an American army barracks the investigation proves a frustrating experience for the police As Erlendur revisits a time when the landscape was formerly made up of chalets he manages to track down both the remaining survivors and the descendants of those who once lived there Intrigued by the redcurrant bushes planted alongside the shallow grave and their significance Erlendur uncovers two tragic stories, one of the owner of a chalet and the suspected suicide of his fianc e which left him heartbroken and a second in the story of a family of five who later occupied this chalet and the military bases part in their story In a parallel narrative a shocking story of a mother and her three children s lives at the hands of a sadistic and tyrannical husband whose verbal and physical abuse crushes her self respect and causes her to retreat from life unfolds As Indri ason spins a bewitching tale of past atrocities that both captivates and simultaneously horrifies a meticulous Erlendur peels back the layers to reveal a story that begun in the time of World War II.In an fascinating mystery and a profound emotional journey Silence of the Grave is an absorbing search for answers with a multi layered narrative that slowly unites past and present Between the two historic threads and the powerful story of a monstrous brute of a husband and father the resultant narrative suspense heightens to a stunning denouement in which not only the identity of the skeleton is revealed but also delivers answer to both historic puzzles In the second novel to have been translated into English after Jar City, the focus on Erlendur s own history and failed marriage provides an insight into his dissatisfaction with life and his tetchy disposition Divorced for over twenty years from a poisonous ex wife who has manipulated his children and turned them against him, it is understandable how his fractured relationships with his children has left a feeling of responsibility and guilt for Eva Lind s demons.A powerful and absorbing story of the forgotten victims of unsolved crime and a detective reconciling himself with the ghosts of his past.


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    Erlendur Sveinsson must be the only person in Iceland who prefers the heavy, dark days of winter over the bright, frivolous days of summer Then again, that s not so surprising His dour disposition would make Edinburgh s Rebus, Oxford s Morse, or Ystad s Wallander look like the cheery court of a homecoming princess He has reason to be depressed Estranged from his grown children, hated by his ex wife, and guilt ridden for his real and imagined failures, Erlendur spends evenings by the bedside of his daughter s hospital bed, doubtful if she ll ever awaken from a drug induced coma He mulls over why he left his family, wondering if he should have or could have been involved in his children s lives and struggles to say anything to fill the empty space surrounding his daughter His emotional frigidity matches the desolation of his world outside, echoing themes of isolation and despair So when a skeleton surfaces at a housing development, it represents not only a crime, but Erlendur s biggest fears and regrets as a father, son, and brother.Silence of the Grave is structured with parallel plot lines the police investigation Erlendur heads and the story of a woman and her abusive husband living on the outskirts of Reykjavik during WWII Her story is brutal, and it s difficult to get through scenes showing the husband s emotional and physical battering of his wife and children Much of the novel unearths family silences and secrets, and the subsequent police investigation uncovers how much abuse of that time remained as invisible as the deeply buried skeleton For those who enjoy mysteries and crime fiction, this novel doesn t have the switchbacks, and the twists turns that make crime fiction a page turning addiction What does make it engrossing are the fully realized characters, both major and minor, and their responses to a half century old murder, family taboos, and questions about what gives life meaning Library book


  6. says:

    The first time i read this gorgeous novel when I was at 16 i see myself in some pieces in this story I was struggling to read fast so maybe I see conclusions that make world and especially my reality better But i shocked at the end It was ultimate nightmare Kafka This novel make you give up the world line by line and become accomplice with your annihilation Silence of the grave it is shortly best novel I have read in literatureWaring Don t read it if you optimistic


  7. says:

    Silence of the Grave, the fourth installment of Arnaldur Indri ason s Inspector Erlendur series, is sneaky good Rather than hitting you over the head with a sudden, grisly murder and in depth character studies, the story unfolds so slowly that you might wonder if there really was a crime at all.It begins when a medical student spots a toddler gnawing on what appears to be an old bone while he waits for his younger brother at a child s birthday party This leads to Inspector Erlendur and his team being called in to investigate The scene turns out to be an archeological dig of sorts although it is not ancient, it probably dates back to World War II Despite the fact that the unknown skeleton has been interred for decades, Erlendur is impatient to learn the identity of the deceased, but the forensic team will not be rushed.As the recovery effort inches ahead and the police investigation ensue, Erlendur notices redcurrant bushes Who planted them, Erlendur wonders Who lived here Later, he learns that there was a chalet Eventually, he has a name, information to follow, some of it leading nowhere Whose body is buried in the wall Is it male or female The author gives us ideas as he shows us who lived in that run down building A family of five A mother, husband, two boys and a girl All are magnificently developed over the course of the book I must caution readers There is domestic abuse here, physical, emotional, and psychological abuse that recurs throughout the book It cannot be skimmed, in my opinion, unless one totally skips these chapters, and to do so is to miss the much of the essence of the story Would it be possible to continue this series without reading Silence of the Grave Since I have not yet read the next book, I cannot presume to answer that question However, knowing what Arnaldur Indri ason reveals about Erlendur during the course of this book as he sits with his gravely ill daughter Eva Lind, I would say that it is an important book to read because of what we learn about Erlendur We see him being introspective than at any time in previous books More honest Perhaps, even though he doesn t wear his feelings on his sleeve, emotional.We also get to know his partners, El nborg and Sigurdur li, better Now, this doesn t come easily in the first chapter or two It takes patience to get to know these characters because that s the way Indri ason writes Slow and steady wins the race Imagine my surprise when I got to the end and found that I really enjoyed this book When all is said and done, there is a lot to it than would appear after the first, oh, one third of the book If you expect and need a fast paced, action packed thriller, then this book, this series, is not for you But if you enjoy a skillfully drawn tale that takes you to another time and place, then you quite possibly could love this book 4 stars


  8. says:

    Excellent follow up to Jar City Earlier themes and character development continue to advance while a new cold case, involving bones found in a hillside, provides an interesting mystery This time Erlendur is open to the reader There is now a background to his sadness and his behavior Maybe I should have done that long ago, to come to terms with the life that was saved and give it a purpose But that didn t happenWe all have our burdens Maybe I don t suffer any than anyone else who has lost a loved one, but I can t deal with it at all Something switched off in me loc 3622 As for the mystery itself, it involves both flashback and present day in a clever way and themes that are ageless.I will very definitely read of Indridason s books in the future I ll seek them out.Highly recommended.


  9. says:

    Crime fiction doesn t get much less cosy than this I d been nervous about trying Nordic noir, thinking it would be too depressing but, although this book is just as bleak and dark as I expected, I found it a compelling read The story begins as a buried skeleton is discovered on a building site As archaeologists slowly dig it up, but it becomes apparent that the bones are the remains of a crime committed during the Second World War Even though it is likely that the perpetrator is long dead, Inspector Erlendur and his team search for the truth about what happens.The novel switches between the present day investigation and the events of decades ago which led to the tragedy, focusing on a horrific tale of domestic abuse There is also plenty of suffering in the novel s present day, as Erlendur is forced to confront his long lost daughter s drug addiction At times the misery could become overwhelming, but Indri ason writes concisely and says just as much as is needed, without wallowing in violence All in all, I couldn t exactly say that I enjoyed this novel, but I found it powerful and I m sure I will remember it I may read in the series in the future.


  10. says:

    These are addictive it s wonderful, and a near forgotten pleasure, to devour books reflexively as I did when I was a kid I ve been moving the next one in this series from room to room for the past couple of days whilst I make myself finish a couple of other things first I saw a review of another series Ruth Galloway after the archaeological element in Silence of the Grave archaeological mysteries really appeal and the poster said they d read all six novels in less than a fortnight I could understand that happening with these Erlendur books Silence of the Grave starts with a stonking first line He knew at once it was a human bone, when he took it from the baby who was sitting on the floor chewing it. Superbly sinister and grubby Yet this is a nice middle class household he is a medical student and family friend.I was quite swept up in this story, and it would have got 4.5 stars had it not been for a little cliche on the last page which I d hoped all the way through that the author wouldn t succumb to It s at least as good a novel as Jar City, but there are no sociopolitical points I disagreed with Both won the Nordic Glass Key in successive years, and Silence of the Grave also got the CWA Gold Dagger I m starting to get a sense of what characterises award winning crime books whilst they are a cut above some detective novels, they aren t necessarily 100% realistic, or free from genre tropes or the odd flaw and the writing style may not satisfy those who expect something literary or stylistically notable , but they are very involving if you re in the right mood, and there s something out of the ordinary about the plot.Erlendur, El nborg and stray yuppie Sigur ur li, during a quiet period for the force, investigate c.70 year old human remains found on a building site There s zero urgency to the case and this is no action thriller, yet Indri ason maintains suspense throughout as to whose grave it is, whilst the pathologist is on holiday and a meticulous archaeologist takes his time over the site There s skilful placement of detail about the gradually uncovered skeleton, in the flashback story of a woman and her children subjected to severe domestic violence, and rumours about the missing fiancee of a merchant who d once had plans to establish Iceland s first supermarkets.It was this book plus the chapters in Small Island about Queenie s job, and the routine, regional news type crimes in early 2000s Danish TV series Unit One that made the penny drop that what I was really after was social work procedural, presented not as misery memoir, but in the same matter of fact yet not unempathic way that these crime novels are written Though of course crime solving presents suspense, and a tidy conclusion in the way stories from many other public service occupations wouldn t I don t like stories of serial killers, torture and gore though might read some, hopefully not very graphic, because I m interested in the detective protagonist I also don t quite get why some reviewers comment on how dark social realism like this is, but not serial killer novels What I m finding most interesting in crime fiction are political thrillers quite removed from most people s lives, or the other end of the spectrum, storylines where the crimes emerge from a world of social exclusion and generational cycles of psychological issues Silence of the Grave adds to the latter a historical and archaeological theme, so of course I was riveted The story of the abused family dates only from the inter war period, but the conditions of Icelandic life at the time make it seem potentially much older its rural grit and that of Erlendur s early life is much like the environment in working class Scottish fiction of the nineteenth and earlier twentieth century It has some differences from insightful stories of contemporary Western domestic abuse, because the woman is someone who, with access to modern services, would have got out fairly early on she didn t come from an abusive background herself, doesn t want to stay, and took longer to succumb psychologically to her husband s aggression it s the complete absence of support and protection that makes her so stuck The book mentions once or twice that domestic violence services in Iceland are still inadequate which is surprising given that it s now known for having a particularly egalitarian culture, and in the early to mid 2000s, when this was written, was a very well off country The story makes particular sense for its time, but given the social comment dimensions of Scandinavian crime fiction, must also be an exhortation to improve provision by presenting people who would very clearly use and benefit from it At times the novel discusses causation via the abuse cycle, without ever minimising the horror of the experience, which is described as soul death this is very well done, and it is not a book in which explanation could be seen as excuse by an angry reader, who felt a clinical approach failed to acknowledge what they d seen.I can t quite explain how, but there is something very compassionate about the way Indri ason s characters are written I ve picked up these books a few times when annoyed, including with a character in another book who d reminded me of an old acquaintance I disliked for no worthwhile reason, and soon I feel much better disposed and understanding towards people in general Sigur ur li, who doesn t exactly seem suited for public services and who s the most potentially dislikeable character, has his dismissive tendencies reined in by the others Erlendur is the stereotypical grumpy fiftysomething cop with baggage, but whilst he s not terribly consistent with those he s close to, he does have plenty of empathy for those at a little distance This is the fourth novel in the Icelandic series but only the second in English, so the sense of him finally opening up as he tells the full story of how his brother went missing in childhood must have been much greater in the original.It s also high time I stopped attempting to justify or explain reading books like this in the assumption that a lot of my friends followers expect literary stuff Plus, it s part of what I was reading when I first joined I m going back to what I originally liked rather than being sidetracked or playing to a particular crowd of people I don t know Going to try not to do any justifying after this post I remember a GR review but not which book it was where someone was frustrated by the high ratings most Scandinavian crime fiction had they thought the writing was pretty bad and found other reviews and ratings useless as a guide They were simply looking for a different type of writing rarely found in this subgenre Reading ebook samples would solve that problem it s not like you even need to buy or borrow anything, or go anywhere, to find out what the style is like I m rating these things because I am enjoying them for what they are And sometimes my ratings are higher when the average is lower, because I like some thrillers in the same way I like so bad its good action movies Though Indri ason mentions in one interview that his style is influenced by the Sagas It has greater clarity than Anne Holt s or Asa Larsson s both of whom I ve read in the last few months and I m pretty sure there s very little clumsy infodumping in comparison, but I m deliberately reading faster, so might not notice It s easy to trot out comparisons with the sagas for any Icelandic writing, but I think it s warranted here The striking thing about the sagas I ve read so far is that only externals, actions, are described, very rarely thoughts though a bit of life experience and psychology makes all sorts of currents and reasons apparent Indri ason gives his characters internality, but the spareness and clarity, and the amount of suspense and action clearly has some parallel I ve really enjoyed the translations by Bernard Scudder, but am not looking forward so much to those later in the series by Victoria Cribb Scudder sadly died and early by modern standards whilst working on one of his books, and Cribb took over I ve never been quite happy with any of her translations I ve read so far, and started to consider her the common factor but possibly if I read her Indri ason translations fast instead of mulling over the style, that and an existing relationship to the characters and themes will make them enjoyable.


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