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The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indriðason
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Jan 23, 10

bookshelves: mystery-thriller, fiction
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Velma Gaines-Hamock
Recommended for: Ben Bernanke
Read from January 22 to 23, 2010, read count: 1

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.

The story here, about a skeleton found at the bottom of a draining lake, and the skeleton's ties to the Cold War past, feels like about five other Scandinavian thrillers I've read in the past year.
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Lawrence I agree that Arnaldur doesn't give us the details of environment that make a Mankell book so nice.

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