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Kältezone (Inspector Erlendur #6)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  6,042 ratings  ·  363 reviews
Es ist kein guter Tag für die Hydrologin, die das Skelett in einem See südlich von Reykjavík entdeckt. Nicht nur, dass das Gewässer sich auf bisher unerklärliche Art und Weise zurückgezogen hat -- die geschiedene Frau selbst hat auch noch Existenzprobleme, die ihr der Kater nach der Betriebsfeier des Energieforschungsinstituts noch eindringlicher in den Schädel treibt. Dem ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published 2007 by Bastei Lübbe (first published 2004)
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Kristine Brancolini
Arnaldur Indridason is my new favorite mystery author. I'm reading about one book in the series each week and anticipating the next book in the series. I read other books, too, but I can't wait to get back to Indridason. The Draining Lake reminds me of Silence of the Grave in a number of ways -- all positive. This book features the discovery of a long-buried skeleton and the mystery reaches into Iceland's past. This time, the present connects to the Cold War, retelling the story of some Icelandi ...more
Ângela Costa
Diferente dos dois anteriores que li, mas mantendo a mesma qualidade. Arnaldur, surpreendeu-me com o seu livro "Laços de Sangue", desde logo fiquei com a sensação que seria um autor a seguir e não me enganei..."O Mistério do Lago" encheu-me completamente as medidas, proporcionando-me uma agradável e surpreendente leitura. Fico aguardar o próximo!
Tulara
I don't why I picked this book. Sometimes I walk past the library shelves in Fiction and just pick one up. If I like the cover (I know - so scientific), I'll read it.
So, begins why I had this book. It's written by an Icelandic writer, Arnaldur Indridason and it was translated into English. On my last horrid plane ride with one stop (3 hours that took 10 hours), I met a man from Iceland one a stopover in Phoenix - he and a friend were on their way to a dinner in Taos - he was Wiccan - He wore a l
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Ed
The un-charasmatic but always engaging Detective Erlandur works a cold case on an exposed volcanic lake bed identifying the remains of someone who might have been murdered years ago. Interestingly, the skeleton was wrapped in an obsolete Russian listening device. This very cold case finds Erlandur and Co. tracing socialist Icelandic students studying in the police state of East Germany in the post war period for possible connections. A very complex, dynamic plot structure kept me turning pages i ...more
Tanja Berg
Rating 2.5* out of 5. I knew this wasn't really my cup of tea when I picked it up. An old skeleton found at the bottom of a dried-out lake with leads to communist Germany a zillion years ago? It sounded like a sleeping pill, which it also turned out to be. The reason I picked it up and kept reading is that I'm quite enjoying this author and did not want to miss out on a book in the series, despite the fact that the themes presented weren't ones I relish.

Erlendur who investigates the cold-case m
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Nancy Oakes
The story behind Erlendur's Draining Lake investigation begins not with the discovery of bones in a lake bed, but in the 1950s in Leipzig. At that time it was part of the GDR, and students were being recruited to come to the university there to study. Some Icelandic socialist students were part of the recruitment effort -- but many discovered that there was a catch to their free education once they had been there for a while. Flashforward to the present, where a hydrologist examining a lake bed ...more
Mariel
Literaire thriller die deze kwalificatie verdient, een klein trapje hoger dan Läckberg, die net als Indridason en Gisa Klönne erg goed is in het wisselen van vertelperspectief en het geloofwaardig, genuanceerd schetsen van de karakters van de personages.
Mijn enige andere vergelijkingspunten in de Scandinavische misdaadliteratuur zijn Karin Fossum en Stieg Larsson.
De eerste is niet slecht als schrijfster van psychologische thrillers, de andere was onderlegd en schreef een spannende maar niet lite
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Jim
Compared to the earlier novels in the Erlendur Sveinsson series, The Draining Lake was a bit of a disappointment. What I liked most about the previous novels by Arnaldur Indriðason were the scenes set in Iceland. In The Draining Lake, it seems that some 40% of the scenes belong to an involved backstory set in East Germany in 1955-56.

A hydrologists investigating a lake whose water is draining off due to a seismic disturbance finds a human skeleton attached to some old Soviet radio equipment. Poli
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Lawrence
I have been ill lately and have turned to mysteries. I'd forgotten how satisfying and emotionally compelling they can be when written by a master like Camilleri or Dibden, Mankel or Arnaldur Indridason.

Mr. A.I. is different from the others I listed. For one thing, his environment is considerably more bleak, and his characters (even the brash Sigurdur Oli) seem more isolated, more prone to unhappiness. Also, on a less serious note, food and drink do not have a role in this book. I note, though, t
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Reinhold
Hier zu besprechen ist der sechste Band (der fünfte auf Deutsch erschienene) aus der Reihe rund um Kommissar Erlendur von der Reykjaviker Polizei. Durch das langsame Absinken des Wasserspiegels eines Sees wird ein Skelett freigelegt, das vor rund dreißig Jahren in diesem See versenkt wurde. Sehr schnell wird klar, dass es sich um einen Mordfall handeln muss, ist doch der Schädel zertrümmert und das Skelett an ein russisches Abhörgerät gebunden mit dem es auf dem Seeboden festgehalten wurde.

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Col
Synopsis....

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 Oli begin their investigation, which gr
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Ankit Agrawal
I had read somewhere that Iceland has the highest ratio of number of books read per person than any other country in the world and also that every 1 of 10 Icelanders go on to become a writer or a poet. I seriously don't know whether that is true or not but it seriously itched me to read something from Iceland. I wondered despite of the low population in Iceland if there are so many writers and so many books read why haven't we seen any great write or great books emerging from the country. The pr ...more
Lobstergirl
Jan 23, 2010 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ben Bernanke
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Velma Gaines-Hamock
Arnaldur Indriðason is the poor man's Henning Mankell. And sometimes that's not saying much, because sometimes Mankell doesn't live up to Mankell. I wish Arnaldur would give more descriptive flavor of Iceland; if these books were my only exposure to it, I would have little idea what it looked or felt like. I would think it was a place full of dour, brooding people, delicious svið (singed and boiled sheep's head), and junkies, rather than a wonderland full of glaciers, cured ram scrota, and Björk ...more
Jeanette
Having never read this author before, I was new to Inspector Erlendur. As this is book number 6, you would think I had little context. NOPE!

In fact, I almost gave this book a five in my enjoyment and in its complexity of the historical, on top of it being a breathless, EXCITING, read as a stand alone. Because I have been to East Berlin and East Germany when it was so directed (1983), I was enthralled by the research and record here, quite beyond that of the storyline. Because it truly was exactl
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Friederike Knabe
Since the Berlin Wall fell twenty years ago, many cold war secrets have come to light on both sides of the "Iron Curtain". Iceland, remote and politically "not a very interesting place" according to the locals, has apparently been drawn into some murky business left over from those days. Juxtaposing two streams of narrative - a present-day investigation into an unsolved disappearance from the seventies and a flashback account into student life in Leipzig in the mid-1950s, Arnaldur Indridason pre ...more
Brian Oldham
Arnaldur Idridison is writing about a detective that lost his brother in a storm when he was a boy. He looks for missing persons for the rest of his life. He finds a skeleton in a draining lake that has been dead for 50 plus years and goes looking for the identity. He is working with a wonderful team that are all concerned for his mental and physical health. He is helping a beautiful woman find herself and escape from a stifling relationship. He is constantly searching for his daughter, and find ...more
Eric_W
An earthquake near an Icelandic lake causes part of the lake to drain and a skeleton is discovered attached to some Soviet listening devices, presumably dating from the Cold War.. Detective Erlendur Sveinsson (The Jar City) has his own problems with a daughter constantly getting into trouble, a son who resents his aloofness, and his own periodic and obsessive search for a brother gone missing many years before in a snowstorm. He and his colleagues try to track down the identity of the dead man, ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I love these Icelandic mysteries!
Erlendur (main character) is a bit depressed but that just adds to the story
This story begins with a skeleton being discovered in Iceland's Lake Kleifarvatn - a skeleton that is weighed down with Russian Cold War spy listening device. The story takes the reader back to the time of Communist East Germany in the 1950's. I knew about that time from an American perspective but not from an Icelandic perspective. It seems that there where idealist young Icelandic socia
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Steve In Ludlow
The introspection of the previous novels continues with the back story of Erlendur and the loss of his brother during a blizzard progressing. In addition, Erlendur's disfunctional relationships with his two estranged children, who he left at an early age, gets fleshed out further with a series of uncomfortable meetings. These two major emotional draws on Erlendur are cleverly interwoven with the main plots in each book and in this case the discovery of a skeleton in a lake which drains following ...more
M.J. Fiori
As the water recedes from the center of an Icelandic lake, a body is revealed ... and long-dead secrets from the era of European Communism begin to emerge as well. Erlendur (the failed family/incisive detective) and his colleagues, Sigurdur Oli (the young buck) and Elinborg (the lady detective with an interest in culinary matters) take on the case, which has its roots in the now defunct East Germany, over half a century ago ...

The second book I read from this Icelandic detective series, The Drai
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☆ Ruth ☆
Before I start on the niggles, basically this is good, solid who-dunnit. It had enough mystery and intrigue to keep me interested to the end (a rarity these days!). It's only since I've finished it that I've discovered it's part of a detective series by the author Arnaldur Indrioason, an Icelandic writer, but I found no real problem reading it as a stand-alone book.
The story is split between recollections of cold-war years in Leipzig and modern-day Reykjavik and I think maybe it loses something
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DROPPING OUT
I cannot get enough of Arnaldur Indridason; he is consistently good, if not excellent. He constructs the perfect police procedural with a team of detectives "as different as chalk and cheese." Not only does does he probe the detectives' lives and foibles, he also presents characters within the narrative who engage the readers' interest. In the case of The Draining Lake, the background story deals with a group Icelandic students who are socialist and on scholarship at the University of Leipzig in ...more
Candice
I don't read many series books so I can't compare this with any others. I do like how in each book the reader finds out a bit more about the main character, investigator Erlendur. A childhood tragedy haunts him to this day and he has horrendous relationships with his children. But he has a sharp mind and is able to solve whatever crime is put to him. I also get a feeling for Iceland when I read this series. This focused on the present, and also on the 1950s and 1960s when bright young Icelandic ...more
Ksenia
This is the best Ernaldur's story so far, so good that if it hadn't been a part of some stupid detective series, it would surely have been nominated for any kind of literary prizes. Not that I consider Mr. Arnldur stupid, mind. It's an almost flawless account of past, love, betrayal, ghosts, though it looks like a silly spy story and isn't very good at knotting loose ends in the final. Must be of particular interest for us, ex-Soviet Union citizens, for it relates the events of East Germany and ...more
Graham
Scandicrime, predictable characters (loner lead cop, divorced, troubled kids; female partner, great cook; younger cop, happy family). A chance geological event causes a lake to drain (hence title) and uncovers a body from the 1970s. The rest of the book gives clues to who this person is, and runs a parallel story with the background events within Leipzig during the Cold War. This passes the time and there are some minisubplots that have some interest, most notably the student days in Leipzig whi ...more
Shari
My very favorite Indridason, thus far. As with Mankell and the Swedish scene during WWII and aftermath, this introduction to the Icelandic relationship with the Eastern bloc and the Communism/Socialism possibilities is an eye-opener and absolutely full of background and why's and wherefore's. Indridason gives a credible insight into the naivete of some and the hardline of others and an equally valid look at the dawning understanding of the brutality of these systems as practiced by the East only ...more
Carol
The writing is just as good as ever in this third novel I've read from this author, but I was not as interested in the topic this time. I have never been able to find enjoyment in reading about spies during the cold war and it was the same for me this time around as well. For some reason I find this subject matter boring -- don't know why. My husband loved it. Oh, well, on to the next one. With no cold war spies to fill the pages, I know Indridason will not let me down!
Kathleen Hagen
The Draining Lake, by Arnaldur Indridason, a-minus, Narrated by George guidall, Produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from audible.com.



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 in
...more
Trevor
Dec 06, 2007 Trevor rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of detective fiction
This Icelandic writer has produced a series of books about a detective who solves puzzling and often bizarre crimes in his native country. The settings are wonderfully portrayed and the psychological profiles of the various inhabitants of this obscure country are very engaging, very realistic, if a little dark. Living in a land where it is at times light for 20 hours a day or, more often, dark for that long lend the novels a starkness that I find fascinating.
Terri
I didn't like this book as much as the first one I read by this author. The writing is still a bit simplistic, but again, I think it may be because of the translation. This book deals with spies and such and I didn't care much for it. Also, had a bit of trouble keeping the characters separate because of the Icelandic names--Icelanders probably have the same trouble when reading American novels.
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Arnaldur was born in Reykjavík on 28 January 1961, the son of writer Indriði G. Þorsteinsson. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Iceland in 1996. He worked as a journalist for the newspaper Morgunblaðið from 1981 to 1982, and later as a freelance writer. From 1986 to 2001, he was a film critic for Morgunblaðið.

His first book, Synir duftsins (Sons of Dust) came out in 1997
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