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Tavs som graven (Inspector Erlendur #4)

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Reykjavík har vokseværk. Det, der tidligere var et sommerhusområde, er nu ved at blive forvandlet til et villakvarter, og på denne byggeplads finder et barn noget, der viser sig at være en menneskeknogle. Den har ligget så længe, at arkæologer nu må udgrave skelettet, sandsynligvis af en gravid kvinde. Kriminalfolkene Erlendur og Sigurdur sættes på sagen og stykke for styk...more
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Published 2008 by Rosinante (first published 2001)
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Ema
When I was a teenager, I was a big fan of detective novels, to the effect that I was contemplating the possibility of joining the Police force. I was even conducting my own investigations. When I was around 14, I liked a boy from church who was older than me. I found out his name, where he lived, that he had a sister and other information. I even followed him once. Then, one Sunday after the sermon, I approached him and blurted out everything I had found out about him. I remember I was awfully d...more
3houd
منذ فترة طويلة لم أقرأ رواية تعجبني إلى هذا الحد.
القصة تحكي عن جثة مدفونة يُعثر عليها بالصدفة. كوني ضليعة بالروايات البوليسية استنتجت هوية الشخصية المدفونة بعد عدة فصول فقط و كان استنتاجي صحيحا, للأسف صعب جدا أن تفاجئني رواية بوليسية :(

يتم تحديد عمر دفن الجثة لما يقارب 70 سنة مضت, بعدها تبدأ التحقيقات. و يبدأ الكاتب بأخذنا بشكل جميل جدا بين الماضي و الحاضر عبر الفصول.

سبب القتل دائما يمكن تفاديه, لكن الإنسان هو الإنسان لا يتعلم ممن سبقه. يشعر دائما أنه فريد من نوعه, و لا يلبث أن يعي أنه مثله مثل...more
Nancy Oakes
Don't pick this one up if you want something warm and fuzzy -- it's definitely the opposite. But then again, it's gloominess somehow seems a propos, considering not only the main story here, but the ongoing story of Erlandur Sveinsson, the main character here. He's not a happy man, nor does he have any reason to be -- his children hate him, his ex-wife lies about him and he's got ghosts from his past that continually haunt him. But as a detective, he's got to let all of that go so that he can do...more
Cathleen
Erlendur Sveinsson must be the only person in Iceland who prefers the “heavy, dark” days of winter over the “bright,” “frivolous” days of summer. Then again, that’s not so surprising. His dour disposition would make Edinburgh’s Rebus, Oxford’s Morse, or Ystad’s Wallander look like the cheery court of a homecoming princess.

He has reason to be depressed. Estranged from his grown children, hated by his ex-wife, and guilt-ridden for his real and imagined failures, Erlendur spends evenings by the be...more
Sue
May 03, 2013 Sue rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: international mysteries
Excellent follow-up to Jar City. Earlier themes and character development continue to advance while a new cold case, involving bones found in a hillside, provides an interesting mystery. This time Erlendur is more open to the reader. There is now a background to his sadness and his behavior.


"Maybe I should have done that long ago, to come to terms
with the life that was saved and give it a purpose. But that
didn't happen...We all have our burdens. Maybe I don't suffer
any more than anyone else...more
Sarah ( Paris )
أجمل روايات الكاتب الآيسلندي
Arnaldur Indriðason ..
بداية مشوقة وغريبة .. و نهاية قد تكون متوقعة ولكنها بالتأكيد كانت جميلة ..
وسير الأحداث كان بطيئا بعض الشيء ولكن يشفع للكاتب الإنتقال بشكل سلس ومدهش بين الماضي والحاضر ..

المحقق الرئيسي تعجبني شخصيته هو قد يكون يائساً وأحياناً غريبا ، وتعقيدات حياته كثيرة ، بدايةً من علاقته بابنته ايفا ليند ، وانتهاءاَ بماضيه الحافل بالمرارة ..
ولكنه الأفضل في التحقيقات ..
وهو واحد من ثلاث محققين هم دائما شخصيات رئيسية في روايات
Arnaldur Indriðason ..

Mary Gilligan-Nolan
This is yet again, another great read from this author. I love this series with the desperate Erlendur and his troubled life. Here, his drug addict daughter, loses her baby and lies in intensive care, close to death herself. Erlendur is involved in a cold case of bones that have been uncovered in a site where a lot of the landscape has changed and the initial timeline is that the bones are maybe 50/60 years old. There is a back-story of a family who once lived nearby during WW2 and the wife who...more
Leslie
Excellent mystery - couldn't put it down!! I love the way Indriðason interwove the present and the past, and I felt the amount of personal life given about Erlendur Sveinsson was good. I am not a big fan of detective novels with a large amount of personal story, preferring the plot to focus on the case at hand, but in this instance the personal story served to humanize Erlendur and had some parallels to the case. The domestic violence described, while vivid and heart wrenching, was not too much...more
Jim
It is just possible that the great literary works of the future will be in formerly humble genres such as mysteries, fantasies, and romance. Perhaps we will just admit that Moby Dick was the Great American Novel after all, and that we don't have to rewrite Don Quixote or the works of Balzac, Anthony Trollope, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Henry James.

During my travels, I tend to concentrate on mysteries and spy novels; and I would not be surprised that my thoughts are the result of reading Le Carré,...more
Ms.pegasus
Oct 05, 2013 Ms.pegasus rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Nordic mysteries
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Urban sprawl is a fact of life, even in Iceland. A new development on the outskirts of Reykjavik yield up an unexpected and grim discovery, a skeleton believed to be some 50 years old. The first bone makes its grisly appearance at a children's birthday party. It was dug up and mistaken for an odd rock by one of the children, and identified by a young medical student. This is how Indridason tantalizes the reader from the outset.

The narrative intercuts among three separate stories. First, there i...more
Ed
In this third book of the series, Inspector Erlander and his able staff of detectives are committed to identifying the body of a skeleton found at a construction site in the far suburbs of Reykjavik and determine to who is responsible. The problem is the skeleton might be so old, the perpetrator will probably have died years ago. They do however, proceed at a slow but steady pace making incremental progress while diligently following leads. Complicating matters for Erlander is watching his addic...more
Sandra
Muito bom, mesmo!

Numa altura em que vejo as livrarias portuguesas a serem inundadas com novos nomes no campo dos policiais/ thrillers, este é sem dúvida um livro a ler e um autor a que vou estar atenta.

Fiquei fascinada com a escrita deste autor. Sem pretensões nem grandes elaborações, Indriðason vai desenrolando um novelo de terror doméstico com uma precisão que me deixou agarrada a este livro.

Já há algum tempo que um livro não tinha este efeito em mim: não o queria pousar e quando o fazia dava...more
Lobstergirl
Oct 26, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Portuguese water dogs
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Ioannis Kolettis
The discovery of two skeletons at a construction site in suburban Reykjavik leads Erlendur and his colleagues to a case of severe and terrifying domestic violence dating back to World War II, when American troops were posted in Iceland. There's no urgency to solving the crime, given that it's decades old, but there are several mysteries that need resolving.
Hassan Nasser

من خلال قرائتي لهذه الروايات الثلاث، ( مخرن الأعضاء البشرية )، ( جثة في الفندق ) و ( صمت القبر ). اتضح لي بأن المجتمع الأيسلندي مجتمع يعاني مشكلة كبيرة جداً، وهي مشكلة ( التفكك الأُسري ) وكل ما يندرج تحته من عناوين. طبعاً، ليس كل المجتمع ولكن شريحة ليست بالقليلة.

هذه الرواية... كان الأجدر أن تُـسمّى بـ ( صمت القهر ). قهر المرأة التي قاست أشد أنواع العنف النفسي والجسدي على يدِ ( رجُـل ) كان الأوْلى أن يُدفن أو يُحرق قبل أن تمتدَّ يده لمرأة ضعيفة لا حوْل لها ولا قوّة.

من اللافت في القضايا التي يتحرّ...more
Toni Osborne
In a Reykjavik suburb during a building excavation, a body is found in a shallow grave. This part of the city was once open hills. Detective Erlendur and his team investigate and hope this will solve a cold case. Things are never that simple...Complicated by the age of the burial, Erlendur team's work slowly through all the possibilities... The hills reveal more than their share of family tragedy, brutally and heartache..

Erlendur is also confronted by the mess of his own family. Eva Lind his dru...more
Kevin
"He knew at once it was a human bone, when he took it from the baby who was sitting on the floor chewing it." Thus Arnaldur Indridason starts Silence of the Grave.

Upon further investigation, a body is found buried in a home construction site. The only problem is that the body could have been there for 50 or 60 years. About the time that the body is found, Arnaldur (I hope that I am using the Icelandic naming convention correctly) starts a second story line that is in an indeterminate time and ha...more
Carolyn
Any doubts about Arnaldur's talent as a wonderful novelist are absolutely dispelled in this multi themed book. On the simplest level, it is a detective thriller in which Erlendur and the team are investigating the origin of human bones found in a new building project. It quickly transpires that these remains are at least 50 years old, making the identification of the victim very difficult.
This is where Erlendur is able to exercise his special talent: searching for missing person/s has informed h...more
Eve
This book was a little slow to start, but I nonetheless finished it in two days. I enjoyed it because it was 1) set in Iceland (a country about which I knew nothing when I cracked the cover) and 2) the developing mystery, characters, and different storylines kept me in suspense until the end. Be forewarned - it's a gentle build of tension until the end. But in the final 30 pages when the strings of the story started to come together, I found myself wanting to flip ahead and make sure it worked o...more
Kristine Brancolini
Arnaldur Indridason is my new favorite Scandinavian mystery writer. Silence of the Grave is an excellent mystery and an outstanding novel. Period. I was anxious to read another book by Indridason after finishing Jar City last week and, as other reviewers have commented, this book is even better. It features a wider range of characters and it explores one of society's most devastating ills, domestic violence. In Jar City American readers notice right away that Iceland seems to have an extremely l...more
Carol

Sensitive readers should be warned that Indridason does not let his readers blink or turn their heads when it comes to detailing the horrible physical and mental abuse one man dishes out to his wife and children. He tells it like it happens in the real world - often in enough detail to make one flinch while merely reading of the brutality. These sections, however, are not there for shock value; they are at the heart of the mystery. The story is graphic and hard to read at times, but not gratuito...more
Geeta
May 12, 2008 Geeta rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Geeta by: my own fault
This is the second in what I presume will be a series centered on the Icelandic detective Erlendur. The story begins with the discovery of bones in a new housing development; the bones link the past--a story about domestic violence--with the present, Erlendur's attempts to find out who the bones belong to and his continuing struggle with his daughter, Eva Lind. The narrative moves quickly between the past, WWII Iceland, and the present.

Indridason manages to balance the different plot lines well...more
Gabriela
Gloominess is ever present in this Icelandic story of stories, dipped in mystery at every step of the way. I really like that the author continues at the same time the ongoing story of Erlendur, the main character here, whom we know from Jar City. Highly advisable to read Jar City before this one.
The style Indriðason is captivating, somehow I have the feeling he is identified with Erlendur and his "obsession" with lost people. It's not an obsession per se, but it really defines his style. I enjo...more
Erin
Matt and I recently watched the movie version of the first book in this author's series, called Jar City. The story concerned both a strange murder in Iceland's capital city, and the protagonist's lonely life with a daughter trying to overcome a drug addiction.

Even though this seems a familiar story to many of us, I really liked the sequel to Jar City, Silence of the Grave. I think the protagonist, Erlandur, is well conceived. Yes, he has the haunting past and crappy home life of other literary...more
Kelsey Demers
This book is highly difficult to rate, parts of it are a 1 or 2 at best, but nearly all of the second half is a 4 or a 5. Because I cannot give half stars, in which it would receive a 3.5, Silence of the Grave gets a 4 from me.

This book was suggested to me on the recommendation of two super-fans of the novel. I have never read an Icelandic novel before and had never heard of Arnaldur Indriõason prior to getting this. Because of this fact and the knowledge gained through some research that this...more
Ian Mapp
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Tanja Berg
After a medical student noted a baby chewing on a human bone, a skeleton is found in a hill on the outskirts of Reykjavik. As it seems to have been there a long time, archeologists move to recover it, taking their time. So for most of the book the skeleton itself offers no clues - except for the hand sticking up, rather than being down with the rest, possibly indicating the victim was being buried alive. Inspector Erlundur and his team investigate this cold case.

Seamlessly blended into the inves...more
Steven Belanger
Another of the Nordic Noir (this one takes place in Iceland) to become very popular in the last ten years or so, following in the wake of authors like Jo Nesbo, Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell and many more. Not reaping the rewards of this new trend, by the way, are the translators of such novels. They deserve just as much credit, if not more, than the actual authors. Or do people think that Stieg Larsson wrote in English? The style of the English, which has gained such notoriety from these Nordi...more
wanderaven
I believe this is actually my first Scandinavian mystery ~ ?

I've read the Scandinavian mysteries are the darkest of them all, and based on this book I'd certainly have to agree. I'm sure you can get darker but since I don't necessarily plan to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I'm going to say Indriðason may well be my most disturbing author so far. And I've read George R.R. Martin; some people I know won't touch him because of the violence but I did okay. Maybe it's because of how domestic...more
Vanessa (V.C.)
Like the previous novel, Jar City, I found Silence of the Grave as rather interesting in the beginning, the author has a way of sucking you right into the story, but then midway through, it gets rather repetitious and boring up to the end. I think my main issue with Arnaldur's novels is that the plot wears too thin. The drama into the main character's personal life and issues with his daughter is rather intriguing, but I think it takes away from the story being a mystery/thriller and instead has...more
Cmorice
Ce roman, prix Clé de verre 2003 du roman noir scandinave, signe le grand retour du commissaire Erlendur et des adjoints Elinborg et Sigurdur Oli. Les lecteurs français avaient été conquis par le précédent roman noir d’Arnaldur Indridason. Ils le seront de nouveau avec cette épatante histoire qui navigue entre passé et présent, et dont la mémoire historique forme la dynamique interne.
Tout commence par la découverte sur un chantier d’un squelette vieux de soixante ans par le commissaire et son éq...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.

His first book, Synir duftsins (Sons of Dust) came out in 1997...more
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“He knew at once it was a human bone, when he took it from the baby who was sitting on the floor chewing it.” 12 likes
“He went into the kitchen. It was eight in the evening. He tried to shut the bright spring evening out with the curtains, but it forced its way past them in places, dust-filled sunbeams that lit up the gloom in his flat. Spring and summer were not Erlendur's seasons. Too bright. Too frivolous. He wanted heavy, dark winters. Finding nothing edible in the kitchen, he sat down at the table with his chin resting in his hand.” 4 likes
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