The Draining Lake

An Inspector Erlendur Novel

An Inspector Erlendur Series (Volume 4)

Arnaldur Indridason

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Inspector Erlendur returns in this international Bestseller

Following an earthquake, the water level of an Icelandic lake suddenly falls, revealing a skeleton. Inspector Erlendur's investigation takes him back to the Cold War era, when bright, left-wing students in Iceland were sent to study in the "heavenly state" of Communist East Germany. Teeming with spies and informants, though, their "heavenly state" becomes a nightmare of betrayal and murder. Brilliantly weaving international espionage and a chilling cold case investigation, The Draining Lake is Arnaldur Indridason at his best.

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"[A] remarkable series."--The New York Times Book Review

"Indridason keeps readers guessing . . . until the very last pages of this moody investigation."--The Washington Post Book World

"The missing-persons theme and the exploration of Icelandic history and society remain the trademarks of this outstanding series; this time the addition of international espionage will remind readers of Henning Mankell in The White Lioness and The Dogs of Riga."--Booklist

"This is exceptional fiction that transcends its genre."--Library Journal

"An  undiluted pleasure . . . This series places Indridason at the center of the best of contemporary crime fiction. He is a master storyteller and has a real gift for evoking the complex humanity at the heart of the most dour-seeming individuals."--The Guardian (UK)

"A book as subtle and moving as it is suspenseful."--The Wall Street Journal


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Arnaldur Indridason

ARNALDUR INDRIÐASON won the Glass Key award for Best Nordic Crime Novel for both Jar City and Silence of the Grave. He lives in Reykjavík.

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The Draining Lake
An Inspector Erlendur Novel
Arnaldur Indridason

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Picador
September 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312428587
ISBN10: 0312428588
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$15.00

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
September 2009
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ISBN: 9781429963459
ISBN10: 142996345X
320 pages
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