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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. Yet more mysteriously, 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 Olii 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.
©2004 Arnaldur Indridason (P)2013 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By LukeJ on 10-19-16

A delightfully dark and twisted story

This series is just fantastic. The characters are rich and the crimes are fascinating. I enjoyed every minute.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael J. Lynott on 10-15-17

History over mystery?

An earlier reviewer noted "too much history." That may have been true for her, and this may be why: the story is centered on characters who left Iceland in the fifties to study at the U of Leipzig in East (Communist) Germany. One of the characters is an outspoken Hungarian woman in the time before the Hungarian uprising of 1956. If this isn't a topic that fascinates you (as it does me), then you too will find that it's too much history. I found the book intriguing, but that's because I like this kind of interweaving of history and mystery.
If you do too, then you'll also like Adrian McKinty's Northern Irish mysteries--starting with The Cold, Cold Ground. Before I end, I greatly appreciate George Guidall's narration. I don't speak Icelandic but he certainly pronounces the Icelandic names with confidence and authority, so I hope he's correct as well.

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