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The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indriðason
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Mar 15, 09

Read in March, 2008

This author never disappoints. There is something about the nordic countries - Sweden, Norway, Iceland - that always seems to lay a mood profound pessimism and depression onto its literary characters - at least in mysteries. Must be something to do with the lack of light in the winter and the overabundance in the summer. However, this particular book leaves you with a ray of hope.

This is a bit of a different story for Idridason. It continues to follow his main protagonist, Erlandur, the policeman, but it brings in a whole different story based in the old Cold War days of Eastern European communism, world socialism and spying. The key to the latter story is the key to the mystery, of course. For the reader, just following the story within the story brings you to the conclusion and the current-day police are really little more than a framework to hang the inner story of deception and betrayal on. However, the ending for the inner story, while sad, also includes a sense of satisfaction that good has avenged evil, while, in the outer framework, Erlendur does make some headway in his own personal life which sows a little ray of hope for him.
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