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.
A haunting, compassionate work
Indridason manages to keep the reader guessing about the identity of both killer and victim right to the last
An absorbing story which confirms Indridason's place among the leading writers of Nordic crime fiction
Beautifully written and translated, the novel has both a strong sense of place and themes that transcend it; it confirms Indridason as one of those crime writers who rises above genre, combining suspense with moving insights into the human condition
Indridason pieces together a convincing plot, while exploring universal issues of political idealism and shattered dreams
Books and Christmas go hand in hand for Icelanders. A country famous for its love of books and storytelling, Iceland has a uniquely rich literary heritage. Svanborg Þórdís Sigurðardóttir, a bookseller at Reykjavík’s famous Penninn Eymundsson bookshop, tells us what it’s like to work as a bookseller in Iceland at Christmas.