Silence of the Grave (Detective Erlendur #2) by Arnaldur Indriđason (Harvill Press, 2005, 280pp.)
Erlendur and the gang try to identify the skeleton of a murder victim found in an unmarked grave that has been buried for decades in this sequel to Jar City. Like its predecessor, this case is far more than what it seems. Indriđason skillfully weaves together two tales of past and present, further developing Erlendur and his colleagues through their personal struggles, while relating the tragic history of the family responsible for the crime. A gripping, suspenseful tale of familial love and the horrors of domestic abuse, Silence of the Grave won the prestigious British Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger Award. Don’t miss it.
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