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Kältezone (Inspector Erlendur #6)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  8,656 Ratings  ·  536 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
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 27, 2016 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic-noir, iceland
”’He went away, but all the same...he’ll never go away,’ she said with a sad smile playing across her lips.

‘I know,’ Erlendur said. ‘I know what you mean.’”

After an earthquake, a lake begins to disappear, revealing a skeleton with Cold War Russian technology wrapped around the neck to help it sink to the bottom of the lake bed and stay there. The pathologists determine that the skeleton is male and has been there since the 1960s. The Icelandic police department pulls all the missing person files
Jan 12, 2017 Pantelis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a murder mystery novel with an espionage sub-plot. It made me think of “The spy who came in from the cold”. In this case, the spy came from the cold war into the icelandic cold…

Inspector Erlendur is designed to win the reader’s sympathy.

If you want to follow a career as a homicide detective in a Nordic crime novel, you have to be mildly depressed, divorced, a semi-failure as a parent and most preferably dealing with loss and trauma. Otherwise, you are not qualified for the job…
Dec 16, 2016 Heba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ثاني قراءاتي ل " ارنالدور اندريدايسون" وقد أدهشتني قدرته على حياكة جريمة بكل تفاصيلها بمثل هذة الدقة والبراعة ...
وقفت تنتظره أمام باب محل الألبان ولم يكن يتأخر عن موعده أبداً ...ولم يأت وظلت تنتظره عمراً كاملاً
ترى لماذا لم يستطع ان يأت في موعده ؟؟..
وتراه كان يستحق انتظارها له طوال عمرها ؟ !..
هذا ما ستكشفه لك هذة الرواية البوليسية التي لن تفلتها من يديك إلا وقد انهيتها
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
Hasan Mohammed
Mar 18, 2015 Hasan Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أوّل ما جاء ذِكر إسم المحقق (أرلندور) في هذه الرواية حتى شعرتُ بشعورٍ غريب! شعور من يلتقي بغائبٍ كان يترقّب عوْدته!
تسعة شهور مضت على قرائتي لآخر أعمال الروائي الأيسلندي، أرنالدور أندريداسون، وهي (صمت القبر) وبين قرائتي لهذه الرواية.

في الروايات الثلاث السابقة، كانت التحقيقات التي عمِلَ عليها المحقق (أرلندور) ورفيقيه تدور حول جرائم تعود جذورها لمشاكل وأسباب اجتماعية، يظهر ذلك بوضوح في رواية (صمت القبر). وعليه، تكون المساحة التي يتحرّك فيها (الراوي) والمحقق هي أيسلندا وحدها، غالباً هكذا.

أمّا في هذ
Sarah ~
Mar 02, 2015 Sarah ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction, crime, 2015
هذه رواية مختلفة عن كل ما سبقها من روايات ارنالدور اندريدايسون ..
بدأت بجثة ظلت أكثر من أربعين عاماً في قاع البحيرة مربوطة بجهاز تجسس روسي الصنع ...
بدأ المحققون المعروفون لكل من قرأ سابقاً للكاتب (ايلينبورغ ، وسيغوردور ، وارلندر) البحث عن من يكون صاحب لجثة المجهولة ، ..
هذا الجزء تأخذنا الأحداث لآراضٍ بعيدة إلى المانيا الشرقية وبداية الإشتراكية كـ فكر وزمن الإحتلال السوفييتي و الحرب الباردة ..
حينها درس طلبة آيسلنديون في المانيا الشرقية بعد حصولهم على منح وذلك لتعزيز دور الإشتراكيين في العالم ..
Jan 18, 2016 Mohikanos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Εξαιρετικό! Ο Ιντριντασον μετά τις μέτριες - κατά την άποψή μου "Φωνές" - επανέρχεται σε αυτό που μας είχε συνηθίσει στα δύο πρώτα του βιβλία: σε φιλμ νουάρ ιστορίες που αφορούν εγκλήματα που διαπράχθηκαν στο παρελθόν και έρχονται στην επιφάνεια στο παρόν, για τα οποία οι ήρωες θα πρέπει να σκαλίσουν γεγονότα αλλοτινών εποχών και να φέρουν στο φως πάθη του παρελθόντος.
Η ιστορία εκτυλίσσεται σε δύο επίπεδα: από τη μια οι ενέργειες της αστυνομίας για την ανεύρεση του δολοφόνου και από την άλλη η σ
Bonnie Brody
Aug 25, 2016 Bonnie Brody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am smitten with this Icelandic mystery series. Detective Erlandur is the most empathetic, eccentric and unique protagonist that I've met in a suspense novel. With his family baggage, his ever deepening interests in obscure aspects of a case, and steadfast honesty, he creates the backbone for Arnaldur Indridason's novels.

In this novel, the reader is first met with a skeleton discovered in a lake whose surface level has been shrinking over the years. It is determined that the skeleton is several
Ângela Costa
Jun 28, 2013 Ângela Costa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
Jan 27, 2009 Tulara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 09, 2014 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2013 Col rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, i

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
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
Jul 01, 2011 Librariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Νίκος Μ
Nov 23, 2015 Νίκος Μ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Ο Νεσμπο κι ο Γιουρτ είναι οι κορυφαίοι απο τους Σκανδιναβούς.Δοκίμασα και τον Νταλ αλλά δεν με ενθουσίασε(γράφει καλά πάντως)Η Λέκμπεργ έκτος της πριγκίπισσας και τα Οικογενειακά μυστικά δε με τρέλανε.Το διδυμο των ηρώων της πλάκας να λύνει το έγκλημα η γυναίκα του αστυνομικού που είναι συγγραφέας.Και τώρα πήγα στον Ιντρίντασον επειδή διάβασα ότι μοιάζει με τον Ράνκιν ο οποίος είναι στους τοπ για μένα .. Ωραία γραφή καθόλου κουραστική απλά η συγκεκριμένη ιστορία δεν είχε δράση.Θα διαβάσω κι άλλ ...more
Fenia Vazaka
Καλούτσικο, θα του βάλω 3 κυρίως για την περιγραφή της κρατικής κατασκοπείας στην πρώην Ανατολική Γερμανία.
Dec 08, 2008 Reinhold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
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.

Jun 17, 2012 Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 04, 2013 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, iceland
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
Sid Nuncius
Oct 08, 2015 Sid Nuncius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a very engrossing and enjoyable book. It is the first of Indridasson's I have read, and I will be looking out for others by him.

Indridasson writes very well in a low-key style which I liked very much, and the characters are very well-drawn. The translation is excellent. There is no overblown prose or breathless descriptions of implausibly violent events, but the atmosphere and sense of place, both in present-day Iceland and in 1950s East Germany is exceptionally well evoked an
Jan 22, 2010 Lobstergirl rated it liked it  ·  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
Dec 16, 2015 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to enjoy the Erlendur series. I'm fond of these Nordic cops who are loners, depressive at times, but sympathetic characters nevertheless. This tale was a bit different from Indridason's previous-- a more retrospective novel, but engaging in its own way. The ending felt a bit flat to me-- rather anticlimactic-- hence the 4 rather than 5 stars.
Asmaa Ali
إذا من جديد نتقابل مع جريمة جديدة ولكن هذه المرة جريمة تمت من عقود، أبحرت مع الاشتراكية والاتحاد السوفيتي سابقا وتفاصيل كانت يوما آيسلندا في وسطها.. ممتعة الرحلة التاريخية.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Draining Lake (Inspector Erlendur #6), Arnaldur Indriðason
Tanuj Solanki
Stasi machinations + dour dour Iceland.
Sep 04, 2015 Ms.pegasus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Scandinavian mysteries
Arnaldur Indriðason's mysteries form an armature for the lives of his characters, particularly for Erlendur Sveinsson the lead detective. An acrimonious divorce separated him from his family when his two children were very young. Eva Lind and Sindri, the children, are now adults, and their relationship with him is troubled, a tug of war between longing for connection and angry rejection. Eva Lind is a relapsed drug addict. Sindri is a recovering alcoholic who randomly drifts into Erlendur's life ...more
Sep 17, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the best mysteries I’ve ever read, like In A Dry Season, by Peter Robinson; On Beulah Height, by Reginald Hill; and The Christening Day Murder, by Lee Harris; all revolve around the idea of a body being discovered when a lake dries up. These stories all necessarily involve crimes from the past, because the water has hidden the bodies for so many years, and so the books become an exploration of both current happenings, and events that happened many years previously. The Draining Lake has ...more
Indridason, Arnaldur. THE DRAINING LAKE. (2008). ***. An earthquake off the coast of Iceland has created new channels of drainage for a lake outside the city, and the water level is falling off rapidly. A woman who works with the state Hydrology Department and has the job of measuring the change in the level on a regular basis, finds a skeleton embedded in the bottom mud in a place that was once under about twelve feet of water. The skeleton had a hole in its head, and, wrapped around its body w ...more
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Arnaldur Indridason (b.1961) has the rare distinction of having won the Nordic Crime Novel Prize two years running. He is also the winner of the highly respected and world famous CWA Gold Dagger Award for the top crime novel of the year in the English language, Silence of the Grave.
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