The Draining Lake

The Draining Lake

Book - 2009
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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.

Publisher: New York : Picador/Thomas Dunne Books, [2009, 2008].
ISBN: 9780312428587
0312428588
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Scudder, Bernard 1954-2007.

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julianaj
Mar 21, 2016

What I love about these novels is the human connection and interpersonal stories of loss, grief and despair and how it is woven into a human hearts attempt at introspection. There are moments when I am reading that the pages leap out at me from my own childhood experiences.

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susan3946
Feb 14, 2016

Exceptional among the Erlendur novels because of the Cold War connection.
Erlendur's somewhat enigmatic motivations and desires remain typical of the series.

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Dreamstime
May 22, 2015

"Elevation" is a term used by psychologists to refer to the positive feeling we have when witnessing another person's compassion and caring in response to another person's suffering. Indridason's stories have that effect on me in a milder form. I love the three detectives under the leadership of Erlendur and their persistent search for the origins of the skeleton found in the dry bed of an Icelandic lake. I love how Indridason weaves the story from historical threads with current persistent detective work. I hope others will also discover Indridason's wonderful, dark, Icelandic stories.

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JWRenkema
Apr 07, 2014

a very good read, including a murder and a bit of history from behind the old " iron curtain"

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capitalcity
Sep 03, 2013

The choices that we make weave the fibers that form the fabric of our lives; time is the loom.

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emerge
Dec 11, 2012

Another thoughtful, intricate & atmospheric mystery from this author.

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CB2295
Jan 09, 2012

This is number 6 in the ongoing Erlandur series; the basic format of the series is okay but I have big problems with this particular book in the series: (1) it has a lot of stuff about the Cold War that accepts and employs Western Cold War propaganda holus-bolus and the author seems to be not aware that our side issued at least as much simplistic Cold War propaganda as did the other side, (2) it is not really a police procedural (unlike his earlier books) because we know way more than the police do and it makes us impatient with the pace of their discoveries, (3) there are some loose ends and some quite improbable turns of events on which the story depends, and (4) the wind-up is both too easy and in part confusing. At the time of reading this book I hoped that it was an aberration in the series and not an indication that the author was running out of steam and indeed he did pull up his socks for at least the next two books in the series.

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crime_spree
Apr 18, 2011

Erlendur is one of the most compelling detectives in crime fiction and Indridason's writing is understated but to great dramatic effect.

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