"Silence of the Grave" by Arnaldur Indridason

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"Silence of the Grave" by Arnaldur Indridason

June 5, Mystery Book Club Selection

"Silence of the Grave" book coverIn Silence of the Grave, when a skeleton is discovered half-buried in a construction site outside of Reykjavik, Inspector Erlendur finds himself knee-deep in both a crime scene and an archaeological dig.  Bone by bone as the body is unearthed the brutalizing history of a family who lived near the building site comes to light. 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.  Like the chilly Nordic mysteries of Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum, Arnaldur Indridason delivers a stark police procedural full of humanity and pathos, a classic noir from a very cold place.

The Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club meets on the first Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 12th and E Streets, NW.