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    The Draining Lake PDF/EPUB ✓ The Draining PDF or investigate the murder of an unidentified man who was discovered as a lake he was dumped in started to drain The Draining Lake ebook ePub Arnaldur IndridasonThe Draining Lake, Arnaldur Indridason, Bernard Scudder, Vintage digital Des milliers de livres avec la livraison chez vous enjour ou en magasin avec % de rduction The Draining Lake Livres en VO Bons Plans Livre Cultura propose la vente en ligne de produits culturels, retrouvez un grand choix de CD et DVD, jeux vido, livres et les univers loisirs et cration The Draining Lake Inspector Erlendurby The story behind Erlendur s Draining Lake investigation begins not with the discovery of bones in a lake bed, but in the s in Leipzig At that time it was part of the GDR, and students were being recruited to come to the university there to study Some Icelandic socialist students were part of the recruitment effort but many discovered that there was a catch to their free education once they had been there The Draining Lake Wikipedia The Draining Lake Icelandic Kleifarvatn is acrime novel by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indriason, an entry in the Detective Erlendur series The title is based on a real Icelandic lake Kleifarvatn , which began draining away infollowing an earthquakeThe Draining Lake An Inspector This is the th novel in Arnaldur Indridason s Inspector Erlander series When a lake s water level drops because it is draining through a fissure caused by an earthquake, a women working on the problem of The Draining Lake finds a skeleton wheremeters of water had once stood There is a hole in the skull and a old Soviet radio tethered to the skeleton The discovery leads Erlandur on a search to solve the mystery."/>
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Draining Lake
  • Arnaldur Indriðason
  • English
  • 26 December 2019
  • 1846550955

10 thoughts on “The Draining Lake

  1. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    Another murder mystery from the northlands Iceland this time A skeleton is revealed when a lake is naturally drained due to an earthquake The skeleton had been weighted down by Russian radio equipment Who can it be Our three Icelandic detectives start investigating people who disappeared around the time of the Cold War It turns out that several Communist leaning Icelandic students went to study in East Germany at that time, one of whom disappeared So quite a bit of the story takes us bac Another murder mystery from the northlands Iceland this time A skeleton is revealed when a lake is naturally drained due to an earthquake The skeleton had been weighted down by Russian radio equipment Who can it be Our three Icelandic detectives start investigating people who disappeared around the time of the Cold War It turns out that several Communist leaning Icelandic students went to study in East Germany at that time, one of whom disappeared So quite a bit of the story takes us back to what it was like to be as student at Leipzig in the 1950 s Another possible victim is a salesman who went missing his ex fianc is still around and still kind of hoping he might still show up fifty years later We also follow snippets of the personal lives of the team of three detectives, two men and a woman One is haunted by a brother lost in the snow as a boy and deals with a drug addicted daughter The book, translated from the Icelandic is part of a series, of which I also read and liked, The Silence of the Grave If you ve read this far I ll tell you that I actually rate this story as a 4 it s a pretty good detective read But I m giving it a 3 for the lack of inventiveness of the premise, which is identical to Silence of the Grave a skeleton is found from 50 year ago and the three detectives go back to find everyone missing at that time and come up with four missing people, etc I mean, come on That s really pushing your formula too far photo from wallpaperswide.com iceland


  2. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    He went away, but all the samehe ll never go away, she said with a sad smile playing across her lips I know, Erlendur said I know what you mean After an earthquake, a lake begins to disappear, revealing a skeleton with Cold War Russian technology wrapped around the neck to help it sink to the bottom of the lake bed and stay there The pathologists determine that the skeleton is male and has been there since the 1960s The Icelandic police department pulls all the missing person files He went away, but all the samehe ll never go away, she said with a sad smile playing across her lips I know, Erlendur said I know what you mean After an earthquake, a lake begins to disappear, revealing a skeleton with Cold War Russian technology wrapped around the neck to help it sink to the bottom of the lake bed and stay there The pathologists determine that the skeleton is male and has been there since the 1960s The Icelandic police department pulls all the missing person files from that era and begins interviewing the families of the missing I hadn t really thought about the implications on the families of missing people when a body is found, even decades later There is one family whose son left a suicide note and just disappeared off the face of the planet, so every time there is a body found, they are called upon for details, and this has been going on for several decades He killed himself because a girl he liked started dating his best friend Yes, unbelievably painful, and young people certainly feel the paindeeply, and think their life will never be any different than it is right now His parent s are long passed the grieving stages, and now are very angry and hurt that he would do this this to himself and them With such a rash act, he changed the track of their life, made the sweet memories of him bitter, and left them wondering for the rest of their lives if there was anything they could have done different to make their son want to live They can t help feeling cheated Anger, guilt, regret, and sadness weigh them down like the gravity around them has changed density And every time a body is found that vaguely fits the time period of his disappearance, everything is dredged back up again The parents of the missing boy are versions of Prometheus chained to the rock of their son s suicide waiting for the police to peck out their livers every few years Inspector Erlendur has a special interest in missing people When he was very young, his father and his younger brother and he were out in the wilds of Iceland and became separated The younger brother was never found Every few years Erlendur will take a tent and treks the mountains and moors of the area of the disappearance looking for any sign of his brother, bones or a piece of jacket or a shoe Maybe Erlender has a part of him that still hopes that his brother will walk out of the mist of time and return to him Without a body, there is no closure, and some people are haunted by irrational hope for the rest of their lives Erlander s daughter Eva believes her father is her missing person He was an indifferent father A man who seeks solace in searching for missing people rather than in the comfort of a family Lots of kids wish their parents were someone else, someone they want them to be, even parents who try to be good parents still aren t who their kids want them to be Eva acts out, takes drugs, hits a cop who was a friend of her father She will do anything to get his attention Erlander is not a terrible father He is just not a great father The skeleton in the lake takes us back to the Cold War and to Leipzig in Eastern Germany, where many bright Icelandic students went to study and to become socialists The novel switches in time between the 1960s and to Erlander s investigation in the present day It was interesting for me to learn this connection between Eastern Germany and Iceland It doesn t take long for some of the students to learn that socialism on paper and socialism in practice are two different thingsI always felt that the socialism they practiced in East Germany was a kind of sequel to Nazism This time they were under the Russian heel, of course, but I pretty quickly got the feeling that socialism in East Germany was essentially just another kind of Nazism I m always surprised at the depth of these mysteries by Arnaldur Indridason The books are about muchthan the case Erlendur is a tortured soul, but he is comfortable with it He wears his unhappiness, his discontent, like it is a second skinHe much preferred shorter days and pitch darkness to perpetual sunshine and the endless light it radiated He did not know himself the reason for it Did not know why he felt better in dark winters than during bright summersI adore sunshine When the sun is out, it invades my most darkest thoughts and wiggles into my most deepest depressions, shining light and driving away the storm clouds of despair Thoughts of such nature make Erlendur uncomfortable He prefers to nurse his frustrations and his grievances He went missing at the same time his brother did He was found, but not completely found It wouldn t be right to come back without him I have many Erlendur novels left to read, but I was inspired to pull a novel of Iceland from the shelf by the incredible run in the UEFA Euro championships this year by the Icelandic team I couldn t help identifying with a bunch of kids who, when they weren t working on the farm, kicked a football around They are a small nation with only 331,872 residents by the latest Icelandic population clock reading When they eliminated England s team, one of the best financed in the world, they shocked the football world There will be statues erected for these Vikings, each with a name ending in son If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  3. Kristine Brancolini Kristine Brancolini says:

    Arnaldur Indridason is my new favorite mystery author I m reading about one book in the series each week and anticipating the next book in the series I read other books, too, but I can t wait to get back to Indridason The Draining Lake reminds me of Silence of the Grave in a number of ways all positive This book features the discovery of a long buried skeleton and the mystery reaches into Iceland s past This time, the present connects to the Cold War, retelling the story of some Icelandi Arnaldur Indridason is my new favorite mystery author I m reading about one book in the series each week and anticipating the next book in the series I read other books, too, but I can t wait to get back to Indridason The Draining Lake reminds me of Silence of the Grave in a number of ways all positive This book features the discovery of a long buried skeleton and the mystery reaches into Iceland s past This time, the present connects to the Cold War, retelling the story of some Icelandic students who went to Leipzig, East Germany, to study in the 1950s These were socialists who received funding to attend university and complete their education as young communists These books are so satisfying because they bring together a number of elements outstanding writing, a plausible mystery, some sympathetic characters, and historical context Indridason is extremely skillful in unwinding the narrative Two narrative threads intertwine, that of Tomas, a central figure and one of the students who studied in Leipzig, and that of Inspector Erlendur, who continues to stuggle with his loneliness and his relationship with his grown children His romantic involvement with a woman he met in the last book is a bright spot in Erlendur s life and all readers must be rooting for the two of them to find happiness I read many novels that are just too long Indridason has mastered the 300 page novel The pace is leisurely nothing feels rushed Yet there s no padding I follow the author where he goes and find myself pausing to reflect from time to time Indridason uses adjectives sparingly, but I have no trouble imagining the scenes And although you think you have figured out the mystery, I m always a little surprised at the end when Indridason reveals the final details


  4. Roz Roz says:

    This was quite boring.


  5. Bonnie Brody Bonnie Brody says:

    I am smitten with this Icelandic mystery series Detective Erlandur is the most empathetic, eccentric and unique protagonist that I ve met in a suspense novel With his family baggage, his ever deepening interests in obscure aspects of a case, and steadfast honesty, he creates the backbone for Arnaldur Indridason s novels.In this novel, the reader is first met with a skeleton discovered in a lake whose surface level has been shrinking over the years It is determined that the skeleton is several I am smitten with this Icelandic mystery series Detective Erlandur is the most empathetic, eccentric and unique protagonist that I ve met in a suspense novel With his family baggage, his ever deepening interests in obscure aspects of a case, and steadfast honesty, he creates the backbone for Arnaldur Indridason s novels.In this novel, the reader is first met with a skeleton discovered in a lake whose surface level has been shrinking over the years It is determined that the skeleton is several decades old and, eveninterestingly, he is tied to a Soviet listening device Who is this man and what brought him to his demise As Erlandur and his team look at the missing persons reports from the Cold War era, they discover a lot about Iceland they were unaware of Iceland, though far from the madding crowd, had its share of spies Several Icelanders even found their way to university in East Germany in the late 1950 s and 1960 s As each of the missing persons, or their survivors, are contacted, several story lines begin to take shape There is the woman whose partner never returned His car was left at a bus station and, interestingly for Erlandur, its hubcap is missing Erlandur fixates on this car and its missing hubcap like white on snow Despite it being tangential to the case at hand, he finds it fascinating that the hubcap is gone Some of the chapters are about what life was like in Leipzig when the Icelandic students traveled there for their studies While some of them challenged their own socialist and communist beliefs, others were enad of the Stasi As the case progresses, we being to learnabout the personal lives of Erlandur and his colleagues His female colleague Elinborg is a good cook and loves to be with her family Sigurdur Oli has been dealing with late night calls from a man whose wife was killed in a freak automobile accident and blames himself even though he wasn t even there Erlandur himself continues to worry about his two children, especially Eva Lind, who is back on drugs and missing in action He has begun to getserious with Valgurdur, the woman he met in a previous book She has decided to leave her husband and Erlandur is confused about how to navigate this relationship despite having very strong feelings for her.This novel is many faceted To call it just a mystery is to do it injustice despite the case that mysteries are at the heart of it As is usual, it is a missing person who Erlandur can t get out of his mind What keeps me glued to the pages is the literary quality of the writing, the deep understanding of human nature that is portrayed, and the quality of the narrative


  6. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    The story behind Erlendur s Draining Lake investigation begins not with the discovery of bones in a lake bed, but in the 1950s in Leipzig At that time it was part of the GDR, and students were being recruited to come to the university there to study Some Icelandic socialist students were part of the recruitment effort but many discovered that there was a catch to their free education once they had been there for a while Flashforward to the present, where a hydrologist examining a lake bed The story behind Erlendur s Draining Lake investigation begins not with the discovery of bones in a lake bed, but in the 1950s in Leipzig At that time it was part of the GDR, and students were being recruited to come to the university there to study Some Icelandic socialist students were part of the recruitment effort but many discovered that there was a catch to their free education once they had been there for a while Flashforward to the present, where a hydrologist examining a lake bed finds bones half buried there and calls police As it turns out, the body was tied down with an old Soviet listening device, starting Erlendur and his team on an investigation that will take them back to the Cold War years With very few clues to go on, including the identity of the dead man, Erlendur and his team have their work cut out for them In the meantime, there s a few hitches in Erlendur s life seriously drug addicted daughter Eva Lind has runaway again, and while he s busy worrying about her, his long estranged son Sindri shows up.Indridason s writing is excellent, as always, and the fleshed out back story of the students years in Leipzig is a nice glimpse into the pitfalls of overzealous idealism Erlendur is a character who has since the outset of this series been portrayed as very human, with real life problems that don t seem to ever be resolved The author is able to inject a bit of wry humor into his writing which is often dark and depressing there are no warm fuzzies or nice touchy feely happy endings where everyone goes home happy and satisfied in this series If that s what you re looking for, then pass on these novels.The Draining Lake is not my favorite of Indridason s novels, but it was still a great read He continues to follow his pattern of the past s connection to the present, which is one of my favorite motifs in a mystery novel The book is well written, and my only criticism is that at times things seemed to move very slow But I still very highly recommend not only this book, but the entire series You ll want to start with the first book in translation, Jar City, and make your way through all of the books before coming to this one if you want the best reading experience People who enjoy Scandinavian crime novels will want to read this one, as will people looking for a good mystery novel in general


  7. Col Col says:

    Synopsis.In the wake of an earthquake, the water level of an Icelandic lake drops suddenly, revealing the skeleton of a man half buried in its sandy bed It is clear immediately that it has been there for many years There is a large hole in the skull Yetmysteriously, a heavy communication device is attached to it, possibly some sort of radio transmitter, bearing inscriptions in Russian.The police are called in and Erlendur, Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli begin their investigation, which gr Synopsis.In the wake of an earthquake, the water level of an Icelandic lake drops suddenly, revealing the skeleton of a man half buried in its sandy bed It is clear immediately that it has been there for many years There is a large hole in the skull Yetmysteriously, a heavy communication device is attached to it, possibly some sort of radio transmitter, bearing inscriptions in Russian.The police are called in and Erlendur, Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli begin their investigation, which gradually leads them back to the time of the Cold War when bright, left wing students would be sent from Iceland to study in the heavenly state of Communist East Germany.The Draining Lake is another remarkable Indridason mystery about passions and shattered dreams, the fate of the missing and the grief of those left behind.One of the reading challenges I set for myself this year was to read at least one Scandinavian crime novel in each month Last month was my first taste of Jo Nesbo, albeit with a novel set in Australia This month was Arnaldur Indridason and his book, The Draining Lake I reckon I have read one of the author s previous efforts, Jar City several long years ago A lot of books have been read in the mean time and as a consequence any memories or feelings for the novel have long since left me.Effectively coming to this author fresh and with a novel based at least some of the time in an authentic Scandinavian setting, I was immediately captured by the story Indridason weaves between a present day investigation into a recently discovered skeleton, and aturbulent period in Eastern Europe s recent history with some students studying in Leipzig The Icelandic students with their Socialist ideals get to enjoy the realities of life in a Communist country one which probably infringed on its citizens libertiesthan Mother Russia did I ve read of life in East Germany under Communism last year with Anna Funder s excellent Stasiland Indridason captures the menace of the 60 s in a country where individuals lived under a regime where suspicion and paranoia was the default position of the state Icelandic idealism soon wearies in a society where trust is in short supply.Traversing the narrative back and forth between 60 s Leipzig and present day Iceland, Indridason knits a cohesive tale The book was enjoyable and interesting, and populated with characters that were likeable and engaging The three police officers in the team have lives outside the job and we are introduced to their families and ongoing sagas Rather than acting as a distraction or sideshow to the main tale, the relationship between the three and their obvious regard and support for each other added to my enjoyment.This is the 4th in the author s series of Reykjavik murder mysteries, with another 4 published after it I ll definitely be back forI m hoping the long forgotten Jar City still resides somewhere in my attic, as I wouldn t mind revisiting it again or to be honest any of the others.In my somewhat slim Scandinavian crime league table, Indridason sits at the top ahead of Nesbo after one book each Stieg Larsson is in third position with his namesake Asa and the double act of Sjowall Wahloo and Henning Mankell still to join the fray.5 from 5 and a likely book of the month.Bought my copy of the book from an Oxfam shop many moons ago.http col2910.blogspot.co.uk 2013 02


  8. Tulara Tulara says:

    I don t why I picked this book Sometimes I walk past the library shelves in Fiction and just pick one up If I like the cover I know so scientific , I ll read it.So, begins why I had this book It s written by an Icelandic writer, Arnaldur Indridason and it was translated into English On my last horrid plane ride with one stop 3 hours that took 10 hours , I met a man from Iceland one a stopover in Phoenix he and a friend were on their way to a dinner in Taos he was Wiccan He wore a l I don t why I picked this book Sometimes I walk past the library shelves in Fiction and just pick one up If I like the cover I know so scientific , I ll read it.So, begins why I had this book It s written by an Icelandic writer, Arnaldur Indridason and it was translated into English On my last horrid plane ride with one stop 3 hours that took 10 hours , I met a man from Iceland one a stopover in Phoenix he and a friend were on their way to a dinner in Taos he was Wiccan He wore a long black cape and he immediately sat down next to me So I thought I d give this book a read in his honor.It was interesting to get used to the names I learned a lot about Iceland and its culture in war time when both the United States and Russia were spying in the region It was a good story well written and mysteries abound It kept my interest and I think I will look for other books by the author


  9. Jim Durrett Jim Durrett says:

    Excellent story, involves the cold war in E Germany and betrayal that comes to light some 60 years earlier Reminds me of a Henning Mankell novel Erlendur is somewhat like Wallander.


  10. Ed Ed says:

    The un charasmatic but always engaging Detective Erlandur works a cold case on an exposed volcanic lake bed identifying the remains of someone who might have been murdered years ago Interestingly, the skeleton was wrapped in an obsolete Russian listening device This very cold case finds Erlandur and Co tracing socialist Icelandic students studying in the police state of East Germany in the post war period for possible connections A very complex, dynamic plot structure kept me turning pages i The un charasmatic but always engaging Detective Erlandur works a cold case on an exposed volcanic lake bed identifying the remains of someone who might have been murdered years ago Interestingly, the skeleton was wrapped in an obsolete Russian listening device This very cold case finds Erlandur and Co tracing socialist Icelandic students studying in the police state of East Germany in the post war period for possible connections A very complex, dynamic plot structure kept me turning pages in this outstanding Scandinavian mystery What really attracts me to Erlandur and keeps me grounded in Arnaldur Indridason s Iceland is his humility, integrity and humanity He s not tall, dark and handsome like his colleague Sigurdur Oli He doesn t dress well and is somewhat an introvert but his apartment is filled with bookcases He courageously soldiers on day after miserable day following leads in his cases while at the same time dealing with his heroin addicted daughter and the guilt of losing his younger brother in a blizzard when they were children All he really has is his job as a detective which he does in subtly brilliant fashion but in considerable psychic pain He is an unforgettable protagonist I like and admire and strangely enough, find uplifting


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About the Author: Arnaldur Indriðason

Arnaldur Indri ason has the rare distinction of having won the Nordic Crime Novel Prize two years running He is also the winner The Draining PDF or of the highly respected and world famous CWA Gold Dagger Award for the top crime novel of the year in the English language, Silence of the Grave Arnaldur s novels have sold over million copies worldwide, in languages, and have won numerous well respected prizes and received rave reviews all over the world.


10 thoughts on “The Draining Lake

  1. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    Another murder mystery from the northlands Iceland this time A skeleton is revealed when a lake is naturally drained due to an earthquake The skeleton had been weighted down by Russian radio equipment Who can it be Our three Icelandic detectives start investigating people who disappeared around the time of the Cold War It turns out that several Communist leaning Icelandic students went to study in East Germany at that time, one of whom disappeared So quite a bit of the story takes us bac Another murder mystery from the northlands Iceland this time A skeleton is revealed when a lake is naturally drained due to an earthquake The skeleton had been weighted down by Russian radio equipment Who can it be Our three Icelandic detectives start investigating people who disappeared around the time of the Cold War It turns out that several Communist leaning Icelandic students went to study in East Germany at that time, one of whom disappeared So quite a bit of the story takes us back to what it was like to be as student at Leipzig in the 1950 s Another possible victim is a salesman who went missing his ex fianc is still around and still kind of hoping he might still show up fifty years later We also follow snippets of the personal lives of the team of three detectives, two men and a woman One is haunted by a brother lost in the snow as a boy and deals with a drug addicted daughter The book, translated from the Icelandic is part of a series, of which I also read and liked, The Silence of the Grave If you ve read this far I ll tell you that I actually rate this story as a 4 it s a pretty good detective read But I m giving it a 3 for the lack of inventiveness of the premise, which is identical to Silence of the Grave a skeleton is found from 50 year ago and the three detectives go back to find everyone missing at that time and come up with four missing people, etc I mean, come on That s really pushing your formula too far photo from wallpaperswide.com iceland

  2. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    He went away, but all the samehe ll never go away, she said with a sad smile playing across her lips I know, Erlendur said I know what you mean After an earthquake, a lake begins to disappear, revealing a skeleton with Cold War Russian technology wrapped around the neck to help it sink to the bottom of the lake bed and stay there The pathologists determine that the skeleton is male and has been there since the 1960s The Icelandic police department pulls all the missing person files He went away, but all the samehe ll never go away, she said with a sad smile playing across her lips I know, Erlendur said I know what you mean After an earthquake, a lake begins to disappear, revealing a skeleton with Cold War Russian technology wrapped around the neck to help it sink to the bottom of the lake bed and stay there The pathologists determine that the skeleton is male and has been there since the 1960s The Icelandic police department pulls all the missing person files from that era and begins interviewing the families of the missing I hadn t really thought about the implications on the families of missing people when a body is found, even decades later There is one family whose son left a suicide note and just disappeared off the face of the planet, so every time there is a body found, they are called upon for details, and this has been going on for several decades He killed himself because a girl he liked started dating his best friend Yes, unbelievably painful, and young people certainly feel the paindeeply, and think their life will never be any different than it is right now His parent s are long passed the grieving stages, and now are very angry and hurt that he would do this this to himself and them With such a rash act, he changed the track of their life, made the sweet memories of him bitter, and left them wondering for the rest of their lives if there was anything they could have done different to make their son want to live They can t help feeling cheated Anger, guilt, regret, and sadness weigh them down like the gravity around them has changed density And every time a body is found that vaguely fits the time period of his disappearance, everything is dredged back up again The parents of the missing boy are versions of Prometheus chained to the rock of their son s suicide waiting for the police to peck out their livers every few years Inspector Erlendur has a special interest in missing people When he was very young, his father and his younger brother and he were out in the wilds of Iceland and became separated The younger brother was never found Every few years Erlendur will take a tent and treks the mountains and moors of the area of the disappearance looking for any sign of his brother, bones or a piece of jacket or a shoe Maybe Erlender has a part of him that still hopes that his brother will walk out of the mist of time and return to him Without a body, there is no closure, and some people are haunted by irrational hope for the rest of their lives Erlander s daughter Eva believes her father is her missing person He was an indifferent father A man who seeks solace in searching for missing people rather than in the comfort of a family Lots of kids wish their parents were someone else, someone they want them to be, even parents who try to be good parents still aren t who their kids want them to be Eva acts out, takes drugs, hits a cop who was a friend of her father She will do anything to get his attention Erlander is not a terrible father He is just not a great father The skeleton in the lake takes us back to the Cold War and to Leipzig in Eastern Germany, where many bright Icelandic students went to study and to become socialists The novel switches in time between the 1960s and to Erlander s investigation in the present day It was interesting for me to learn this connection between Eastern Germany and Iceland It doesn t take long for some of the students to learn that socialism on paper and socialism in practice are two different thingsI always felt that the socialism they practiced in East Germany was a kind of sequel to Nazism This time they were under the Russian heel, of course, but I pretty quickly got the feeling that socialism in East Germany was essentially just another kind of Nazism I m always surprised at the depth of these mysteries by Arnaldur Indridason The books are about muchthan the case Erlendur is a tortured soul, but he is comfortable with it He wears his unhappiness, his discontent, like it is a second skinHe much preferred shorter days and pitch darkness to perpetual sunshine and the endless light it radiated He did not know himself the reason for it Did not know why he felt better in dark winters than during bright summersI adore sunshine When the sun is out, it invades my most darkest thoughts and wiggles into my most deepest depressions, shining light and driving away the storm clouds of despair Thoughts of such nature make Erlendur uncomfortable He prefers to nurse his frustrations and his grievances He went missing at the same time his brother did He was found, but not completely found It wouldn t be right to come back without him I have many Erlendur novels left to read, but I was inspired to pull a novel of Iceland from the shelf by the incredible run in the UEFA Euro championships this year by the Icelandic team I couldn t help identifying with a bunch of kids who, when they weren t working on the farm, kicked a football around They are a small nation with only 331,872 residents by the latest Icelandic population clock reading When they eliminated England s team, one of the best financed in the world, they shocked the football world There will be statues erected for these Vikings, each with a name ending in son If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  3. Kristine Brancolini Kristine Brancolini says:

    Arnaldur Indridason is my new favorite mystery author I m reading about one book in the series each week and anticipating the next book in the series I read other books, too, but I can t wait to get back to Indridason The Draining Lake reminds me of Silence of the Grave in a number of ways all positive This book features the discovery of a long buried skeleton and the mystery reaches into Iceland s past This time, the present connects to the Cold War, retelling the story of some Icelandi Arnaldur Indridason is my new favorite mystery author I m reading about one book in the series each week and anticipating the next book in the series I read other books, too, but I can t wait to get back to Indridason The Draining Lake reminds me of Silence of the Grave in a number of ways all positive This book features the discovery of a long buried skeleton and the mystery reaches into Iceland s past This time, the present connects to the Cold War, retelling the story of some Icelandic students who went to Leipzig, East Germany, to study in the 1950s These were socialists who received funding to attend university and complete their education as young communists These books are so satisfying because they bring together a number of elements outstanding writing, a plausible mystery, some sympathetic characters, and historical context Indridason is extremely skillful in unwinding the narrative Two narrative threads intertwine, that of Tomas, a central figure and one of the students who studied in Leipzig, and that of Inspector Erlendur, who continues to stuggle with his loneliness and his relationship with his grown children His romantic involvement with a woman he met in the last book is a bright spot in Erlendur s life and all readers must be rooting for the two of them to find happiness I read many novels that are just too long Indridason has mastered the 300 page novel The pace is leisurely nothing feels rushed Yet there s no padding I follow the author where he goes and find myself pausing to reflect from time to time Indridason uses adjectives sparingly, but I have no trouble imagining the scenes And although you think you have figured out the mystery, I m always a little surprised at the end when Indridason reveals the final details

  4. Roz Roz says:

    This was quite boring.

  5. Bonnie Brody Bonnie Brody says:

    I am smitten with this Icelandic mystery series Detective Erlandur is the most empathetic, eccentric and unique protagonist that I ve met in a suspense novel With his family baggage, his ever deepening interests in obscure aspects of a case, and steadfast honesty, he creates the backbone for Arnaldur Indridason s novels.In this novel, the reader is first met with a skeleton discovered in a lake whose surface level has been shrinking over the years It is determined that the skeleton is several I am smitten with this Icelandic mystery series Detective Erlandur is the most empathetic, eccentric and unique protagonist that I ve met in a suspense novel With his family baggage, his ever deepening interests in obscure aspects of a case, and steadfast honesty, he creates the backbone for Arnaldur Indridason s novels.In this novel, the reader is first met with a skeleton discovered in a lake whose surface level has been shrinking over the years It is determined that the skeleton is several decades old and, eveninterestingly, he is tied to a Soviet listening device Who is this man and what brought him to his demise As Erlandur and his team look at the missing persons reports from the Cold War era, they discover a lot about Iceland they were unaware of Iceland, though far from the madding crowd, had its share of spies Several Icelanders even found their way to university in East Germany in the late 1950 s and 1960 s As each of the missing persons, or their survivors, are contacted, several story lines begin to take shape There is the woman whose partner never returned His car was left at a bus station and, interestingly for Erlandur, its hubcap is missing Erlandur fixates on this car and its missing hubcap like white on snow Despite it being tangential to the case at hand, he finds it fascinating that the hubcap is gone Some of the chapters are about what life was like in Leipzig when the Icelandic students traveled there for their studies While some of them challenged their own socialist and communist beliefs, others were enad of the Stasi As the case progresses, we being to learnabout the personal lives of Erlandur and his colleagues His female colleague Elinborg is a good cook and loves to be with her family Sigurdur Oli has been dealing with late night calls from a man whose wife was killed in a freak automobile accident and blames himself even though he wasn t even there Erlandur himself continues to worry about his two children, especially Eva Lind, who is back on drugs and missing in action He has begun to getserious with Valgurdur, the woman he met in a previous book She has decided to leave her husband and Erlandur is confused about how to navigate this relationship despite having very strong feelings for her.This novel is many faceted To call it just a mystery is to do it injustice despite the case that mysteries are at the heart of it As is usual, it is a missing person who Erlandur can t get out of his mind What keeps me glued to the pages is the literary quality of the writing, the deep understanding of human nature that is portrayed, and the quality of the narrative

  6. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    The story behind Erlendur s Draining Lake investigation begins not with the discovery of bones in a lake bed, but in the 1950s in Leipzig At that time it was part of the GDR, and students were being recruited to come to the university there to study Some Icelandic socialist students were part of the recruitment effort but many discovered that there was a catch to their free education once they had been there for a while Flashforward to the present, where a hydrologist examining a lake bed The story behind Erlendur s Draining Lake investigation begins not with the discovery of bones in a lake bed, but in the 1950s in Leipzig At that time it was part of the GDR, and students were being recruited to come to the university there to study Some Icelandic socialist students were part of the recruitment effort but many discovered that there was a catch to their free education once they had been there for a while Flashforward to the present, where a hydrologist examining a lake bed finds bones half buried there and calls police As it turns out, the body was tied down with an old Soviet listening device, starting Erlendur and his team on an investigation that will take them back to the Cold War years With very few clues to go on, including the identity of the dead man, Erlendur and his team have their work cut out for them In the meantime, there s a few hitches in Erlendur s life seriously drug addicted daughter Eva Lind has runaway again, and while he s busy worrying about her, his long estranged son Sindri shows up.Indridason s writing is excellent, as always, and the fleshed out back story of the students years in Leipzig is a nice glimpse into the pitfalls of overzealous idealism Erlendur is a character who has since the outset of this series been portrayed as very human, with real life problems that don t seem to ever be resolved The author is able to inject a bit of wry humor into his writing which is often dark and depressing there are no warm fuzzies or nice touchy feely happy endings where everyone goes home happy and satisfied in this series If that s what you re looking for, then pass on these novels.The Draining Lake is not my favorite of Indridason s novels, but it was still a great read He continues to follow his pattern of the past s connection to the present, which is one of my favorite motifs in a mystery novel The book is well written, and my only criticism is that at times things seemed to move very slow But I still very highly recommend not only this book, but the entire series You ll want to start with the first book in translation, Jar City, and make your way through all of the books before coming to this one if you want the best reading experience People who enjoy Scandinavian crime novels will want to read this one, as will people looking for a good mystery novel in general

  7. Col Col says:

    Synopsis.In the wake of an earthquake, the water level of an Icelandic lake drops suddenly, revealing the skeleton of a man half buried in its sandy bed It is clear immediately that it has been there for many years There is a large hole in the skull Yetmysteriously, a heavy communication device is attached to it, possibly some sort of radio transmitter, bearing inscriptions in Russian.The police are called in and Erlendur, Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli begin their investigation, which gr Synopsis.In the wake of an earthquake, the water level of an Icelandic lake drops suddenly, revealing the skeleton of a man half buried in its sandy bed It is clear immediately that it has been there for many years There is a large hole in the skull Yetmysteriously, a heavy communication device is attached to it, possibly some sort of radio transmitter, bearing inscriptions in Russian.The police are called in and Erlendur, Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli begin their investigation, which gradually leads them back to the time of the Cold War when bright, left wing students would be sent from Iceland to study in the heavenly state of Communist East Germany.The Draining Lake is another remarkable Indridason mystery about passions and shattered dreams, the fate of the missing and the grief of those left behind.One of the reading challenges I set for myself this year was to read at least one Scandinavian crime novel in each month Last month was my first taste of Jo Nesbo, albeit with a novel set in Australia This month was Arnaldur Indridason and his book, The Draining Lake I reckon I have read one of the author s previous efforts, Jar City several long years ago A lot of books have been read in the mean time and as a consequence any memories or feelings for the novel have long since left me.Effectively coming to this author fresh and with a novel based at least some of the time in an authentic Scandinavian setting, I was immediately captured by the story Indridason weaves between a present day investigation into a recently discovered skeleton, and aturbulent period in Eastern Europe s recent history with some students studying in Leipzig The Icelandic students with their Socialist ideals get to enjoy the realities of life in a Communist country one which probably infringed on its citizens libertiesthan Mother Russia did I ve read of life in East Germany under Communism last year with Anna Funder s excellent Stasiland Indridason captures the menace of the 60 s in a country where individuals lived under a regime where suspicion and paranoia was the default position of the state Icelandic idealism soon wearies in a society where trust is in short supply.Traversing the narrative back and forth between 60 s Leipzig and present day Iceland, Indridason knits a cohesive tale The book was enjoyable and interesting, and populated with characters that were likeable and engaging The three police officers in the team have lives outside the job and we are introduced to their families and ongoing sagas Rather than acting as a distraction or sideshow to the main tale, the relationship between the three and their obvious regard and support for each other added to my enjoyment.This is the 4th in the author s series of Reykjavik murder mysteries, with another 4 published after it I ll definitely be back forI m hoping the long forgotten Jar City still resides somewhere in my attic, as I wouldn t mind revisiting it again or to be honest any of the others.In my somewhat slim Scandinavian crime league table, Indridason sits at the top ahead of Nesbo after one book each Stieg Larsson is in third position with his namesake Asa and the double act of Sjowall Wahloo and Henning Mankell still to join the fray.5 from 5 and a likely book of the month.Bought my copy of the book from an Oxfam shop many moons ago.http col2910.blogspot.co.uk 2013 02

  8. Tulara Tulara says:

    I don t why I picked this book Sometimes I walk past the library shelves in Fiction and just pick one up If I like the cover I know so scientific , I ll read it.So, begins why I had this book It s written by an Icelandic writer, Arnaldur Indridason and it was translated into English On my last horrid plane ride with one stop 3 hours that took 10 hours , I met a man from Iceland one a stopover in Phoenix he and a friend were on their way to a dinner in Taos he was Wiccan He wore a l I don t why I picked this book Sometimes I walk past the library shelves in Fiction and just pick one up If I like the cover I know so scientific , I ll read it.So, begins why I had this book It s written by an Icelandic writer, Arnaldur Indridason and it was translated into English On my last horrid plane ride with one stop 3 hours that took 10 hours , I met a man from Iceland one a stopover in Phoenix he and a friend were on their way to a dinner in Taos he was Wiccan He wore a long black cape and he immediately sat down next to me So I thought I d give this book a read in his honor.It was interesting to get used to the names I learned a lot about Iceland and its culture in war time when both the United States and Russia were spying in the region It was a good story well written and mysteries abound It kept my interest and I think I will look for other books by the author

  9. Jim Durrett Jim Durrett says:

    Excellent story, involves the cold war in E Germany and betrayal that comes to light some 60 years earlier Reminds me of a Henning Mankell novel Erlendur is somewhat like Wallander.

  10. Ed Ed says:

    The un charasmatic but always engaging Detective Erlandur works a cold case on an exposed volcanic lake bed identifying the remains of someone who might have been murdered years ago Interestingly, the skeleton was wrapped in an obsolete Russian listening device This very cold case finds Erlandur and Co tracing socialist Icelandic students studying in the police state of East Germany in the post war period for possible connections A very complex, dynamic plot structure kept me turning pages i The un charasmatic but always engaging Detective Erlandur works a cold case on an exposed volcanic lake bed identifying the remains of someone who might have been murdered years ago Interestingly, the skeleton was wrapped in an obsolete Russian listening device This very cold case finds Erlandur and Co tracing socialist Icelandic students studying in the police state of East Germany in the post war period for possible connections A very complex, dynamic plot structure kept me turning pages in this outstanding Scandinavian mystery What really attracts me to Erlandur and keeps me grounded in Arnaldur Indridason s Iceland is his humility, integrity and humanity He s not tall, dark and handsome like his colleague Sigurdur Oli He doesn t dress well and is somewhat an introvert but his apartment is filled with bookcases He courageously soldiers on day after miserable day following leads in his cases while at the same time dealing with his heroin addicted daughter and the guilt of losing his younger brother in a blizzard when they were children All he really has is his job as a detective which he does in subtly brilliant fashion but in considerable psychic pain He is an unforgettable protagonist I like and admire and strangely enough, find uplifting

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