The Draining Lake

The Draining Lake

Book - 2007
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An international sensation, published in over twenty five countries around the world, Arnaldur Indridason attained instant fame in the English-speaking mystery world after winning the Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave . His other crime novels in the series, Jar City and Voices , have also been published to highest acclaim--U.S. readers who have already discovered this extraordinary writer are eagerly anticipating this latest Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson thriller.

Following an earthquake, the water level of an Icelandic lake suddenly falls, revealing a skeleton that is weighed down by a heavy radio device bearing inscriptions in Russian. Inspectors Erlendur, Elinborg, and Sigurdur Oli's investigation takes them back to the Cold War era, when bright, left-wing students in Iceland were sent to study in the "heavenly state" of Communist East Germany.

But one of the students went missing, and her friends suspected that her "heavenly state" was all too real. Erlendur follows a long cold trail that leads back to Iceland, international espionage, and murder.

Another astonishing Reykjavík thriller from one of crime fiction's brightest stars, The Draining Lake is Arnaldur Indridason's most gripping book yet.

Publisher: 2007
ISBN: 9780312358730
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Arnaldur Indridason 2007
Additional Contributors: Scudder, Bernard 1954-2007
Alternative Title: Kleifarvatn


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multcolib_susannel Dec 29, 2018

Inspector Erlendur investigates a a case involving a student who went missing during the Cold War.

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.

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.

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.

Apr 07, 2014

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

Sep 03, 2013

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

Dec 11, 2012

Another thoughtful, intricate & atmospheric mystery from this author.

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.

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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