The Draining Lake

The Draining Lake

eBook - 2008
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A REYKJAVIK MURDER MYSTERY.

A skeleton is found half-buried in a dried out lake. The bones have been weighed down with an old radio transmitter: is this a clue to the victim, and the killer's identity?

Detective Erlendur is called in to investigate and discovers that there may be a connection with a group of students who were sent to study in East Germany during the Cold War, and with a young man who walked out of his family home one day, never to return.

As the mystery deepens, Erlendur and his team must unravel a story of international espionage, murder and betrayal.

Publisher: London : Vintage, 2008.
ISBN: 9781409078234
140907823X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (373 p.)

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julianaj
Mar 21, 2016

What I love about these novels is the human connection and interpersonal stories of loss, grief and despair and how it is woven into a human hearts attempt at introspection. There are moments when I am reading that the pages leap out at me from my own childhood experiences.

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susan3946
Feb 14, 2016

Exceptional among the Erlendur novels because of the Cold War connection.
Erlendur's somewhat enigmatic motivations and desires remain typical of the series.

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Dreamstime
May 22, 2015

"Elevation" is a term used by psychologists to refer to the positive feeling we have when witnessing another person's compassion and caring in response to another person's suffering. Indridason's stories have that effect on me in a milder form. I love the three detectives under the leadership of Erlendur and their persistent search for the origins of the skeleton found in the dry bed of an Icelandic lake. I love how Indridason weaves the story from historical threads with current persistent detective work. I hope others will also discover Indridason's wonderful, dark, Icelandic stories.

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JWRenkema
Apr 07, 2014

a very good read, including a murder and a bit of history from behind the old " iron curtain"

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capitalcity
Sep 03, 2013

The choices that we make weave the fibers that form the fabric of our lives; time is the loom.

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emerge
Dec 11, 2012

Another thoughtful, intricate & atmospheric mystery from this author.

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CB2295
Jan 09, 2012

This is number 6 in the ongoing Erlandur series; the basic format of the series is okay but I have big problems with this particular book in the series: (1) it has a lot of stuff about the Cold War that accepts and employs Western Cold War propaganda holus-bolus and the author seems to be not aware that our side issued at least as much simplistic Cold War propaganda as did the other side, (2) it is not really a police procedural (unlike his earlier books) because we know way more than the police do and it makes us impatient with the pace of their discoveries, (3) there are some loose ends and some quite improbable turns of events on which the story depends, and (4) the wind-up is both too easy and in part confusing. At the time of reading this book I hoped that it was an aberration in the series and not an indication that the author was running out of steam and indeed he did pull up his socks for at least the next two books in the series.

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crime_spree
Apr 18, 2011

Erlendur is one of the most compelling detectives in crime fiction and Indridason's writing is understated but to great dramatic effect.

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