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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 inscription ...more
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Published August 2nd 2007 by Harvill Secker (first published 2004)
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Hassan Mohammed
Mar 21, 2015 Hassan 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.

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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
Sarah ~
Mar 22, 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 24, 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
Ângela Costa
Sep 07, 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
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
Sep 19, 2014 Ed rated it it was amazing
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
Nancy Oakes
Oct 20, 2009 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it
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
Mar 01, 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
May 23, 2013 Ankit Agrawal rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Fenia Vazaka
Jan 07, 2016 Fenia Vazaka rated it liked it
Καλούτσικο, θα του βάλω 3 κυρίως για την περιγραφή της κρατικής κατασκοπείας στην πρώην Ανατολική Γερμανία.
Sid Nuncius
Oct 08, 2015 Sid Nuncius rated it it was amazing
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
May 06, 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
Jul 31, 2013 Lawrence rated it really liked it
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
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.

Apr 10, 2016 Katri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Enpä olisi uskonut, että minä, paatunut dekkareiden välttelijä, löytäisin oikeasti dekkarit, joista pitäisin! Eiväthän nämä mitään maailmaa mullistavia ole, ja jos nämä eivät sijoittuisi Islantiin, tippuisi puolet hohdosta pois, mutta ovat nämä silti yllättävän viihdyttäviä, koukuttavia ja nopeita lukea.

Sopii tähän lukujumiin, jossa tahdon jättää kaikki kirjat kesken...
Dec 18, 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.
Jan 23, 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
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.
Sep 04, 2015 Ms.pegasus rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Scandinavian mysteries
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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
Diane Challenor
A good page turner. Not a thriller. It's an excellent mystery paced just right for me. Not too fast, not too slow, just right. This is the sixth book in the Reykjavik Murder series (also known as the Inspector Erlendur series) out of Iceland. Usually I like to start a series at the beginning but I don't own the other books in the series. I started reading the story and couldn't put it down till I'd finished.
Oct 02, 2014 Jeanette rated it really liked it
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
Jan 19, 2015 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un squelette est retrouvé au milieu d'un lac asséché, enlacé avec un vieil appareil d'écoute portant des caractères cyrilliques, le crâne fracassé. L'équipe de la Criminelle entreprend une enquête qui remonte à longtemps, et qui l'emmène jusqu'à se plonger dans le contexte de la Guerre Froide. Mais peut-il bel et bien y avoir eu de l'espionnage en Islande ? Qui est cet homme dont on s'est débarrassé au milieu d'un lac dans les année 60, est-ce un islandais, ou quelqu'un de l'extérieur ?

Écrit mo
Friederike Knabe
Dec 20, 2013 Friederike Knabe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: european-lit
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
محمد مختار
رواية جميلة

بتحكي عن اكتشاف هيكل عظمي في بحيرة بأيسلندا، الجمجمة فيها ثقب كبير بيدل إن الشخص مات مقتول، وكمان مربوط بجهاز تنصت روسي قديم منذ ستينيات القرن الماضي

الرواية بتمشي في خطين، الخط الأول رجل المباحث اللي بيحقق في القضية وبيحاول يكتشف لمن يعود الهيكل العظمي دة

الخط التاني رجل عجوز في السبعين من عمره، أول لما شاف على نشرة الأخبار اكتشاف هيكل عظمي مربوط بجهاز تجسس في البحيرة، بدأ يسترجع ذكرياته عندما كان شاباً، اشتراكياً من الدرجة الأولى، وحصل على منحة للذهاب إلى ألمانيا الشرقية والدراسة في إ
Original Thabit
Jun 20, 2015 Original Thabit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
إسم الكتاب : #لغز_البحيرة_المتناقصة
إسم الكاتب : #أرنالدور_أندريداسون .
جمهورية آيسلندا هي دولة جزرية أوروبيه عاصمتها هي ريكيافيك كانت الجزيرة منذ عام 1262 وحتى عام 1918 جزءاً من الملكية النرويجية والدانمركية حتى إستقلت وأُعلنت كمجهورية في عام 1944 . لعل السمة الأساسية في روايات أرنالدور أندريداسون هي أن رواياتة آيسلندية بإمتياز نظراً لما تنضح به من تضاريس ساحرة و أسماء آيسلنديه و أكلات تقليدية ثم هنالك التاريخ السياسي الذي أبدع الكاتب في توظيفة لخلق حبكة بوليسية مذهلة في فترة الحرب الباردة بأ
Brian Oldham
Mar 08, 2011 Brian Oldham rated it it was amazing
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
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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.

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