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The Draining Lake

An Inspector Erlendur Novel

An Inspector Erlendur Series (Volume 4)

Author: Arnaldur Indridason

The Draining Lake

The Draining Lake

$12.99

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An international sensation, published in over twenty five countries around the world, Arnaldur Indridason attained instant fame in the English-speaking mystery world after winning the Gold Dagger...

Page Count
320
Genre
On Sale
09/01/2009

Book Details

An international sensation, published in over twenty five countries around the world, Arnaldur Indridason attained instant fame in the English-speaking mystery world after winning the Gold Dagger Award for Silence of the Grave. His other crime novels in the series, Jar City and Voices, have also been published to highest acclaim—U.S. readers who have already discovered this extraordinary writer are eagerly anticipating this latest Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson thriller.

Following an earthquake, the water level of an Icelandic lake suddenly falls, revealing a skeleton that is weighed down by a heavy radio device bearing inscriptions in Russian. Inspectors Erlendur, Elinborg, and Sigurdur Oli's investigation takes them 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.

But one of the students went missing, and her friends suspected that her "heavenly state" was all too real. Erlendur follows a long cold trail that leads back to Iceland, international espionage, and murder.

Another astonishing Reykjavík thriller from one of crime fiction's brightest stars, The Draining Lake is Arnaldur Indridason's most gripping book yet.

Imprint Publisher

Minotaur Books

ISBN

9781429963459

Reading Guide

In The News

“A book as subtle and moving as it is suspenseful.” —Wall Street Journal

“Exceptional fiction that transcends its genre.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Indridason keeps readers guessing until the very last pages.” —Washington Post Book World

“A must-visit locale for mystery fans.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“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 complex humanity.” —The Guardian

“The best new series I've read this year. Arnaldur Indridason is already an international literary phenom--and it's easy to see why. His novels are gripping, authentic, haunting and lyrical. I can't wait for the next.” —Harlan Coben on Silence of the Grave

“Arnaldur Indridason is a writer of astonishing gravitas and talent.” —John Lescroart on Jar City

“A commanding new voice . . . puts Iceland on the map as a major destination for enthusiasts of Nordic crime fiction.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review on Silence of the Grave

“No wonder Arnaldur Indridason won so many awards. He's a great storyteller, and American readers will overwhelmingly agree.” —C.J. Box, Anthony Award winning author of Blue Heaven on Jar City

“Excellent . . . compelling . . . the denouement of this astonishingly vivid and subtle novel is unexpected and immensely satisfying.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Silence of the Grave

“Classic mystery fiction, both compassionate and thrilling. Indridason is one of the brightest stars in the the genre's dark skies.” —John Connolly on Jar City

“Remarkable . . . another top-notch story from Indridason, its lyrical melancholy matched by the depth of its characterizations.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Voices

“Reminiscent of Simenon.” —Reginald Hill on Jar City

“Every one of these writers is good [Hakan Nesser, Kjell Eriksson, Ake Edwardson, Helene Tursten, Karin Fossum], but in my book, Arnaldur Indridason is even better.” —Joe Queenan, Los Angeles Times

“Dark, haunting . . . touched me in a way that few mystery novels do.” —Hallie Ephron, The Boston Globe on Jar City

“A wonderfully storyteller. It's impossible to put the book down once you begin reading.” —The Globe and Mail on Voices

“Fans of mystery in general and Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum can only exult.” —Library Journal (starred review) on Jar City

“Indridason has definitely vaulted onto the A-list of Scandinavian crime authors.” —Booklist on Silence of the Grave

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The Draining Lake

The Draining Lake

$12.99