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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099542216
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

The Draining Lake




A brilliant new mystery from the winner of the CWA Gold Dagger and Indridason's best book yet.

In the wake of an earthquake, the water level of an Icelandic lake drops suddenly, revealing the skeleton of a man half-buried in its sandy bed. It is clear immediately that it has been there for many years. There is a large hole in the skull. Yet more mysteriously, a heavy communication device is attached to it, possibly some sort of radio transmitter, bearing inscriptions in Russian.

The police are called in and Erlendur, Elinborg and Sigurdur Oli begin their investigation, which gradually leads them back to the time of the Cold War when bright, left-wing students would be sent from Iceland to study in the ‘heavenly state’ of Communist East Germany.

The Draining Lake is another remarkable Indridason mystery about passions and shattered dreams, the fate of the missing and the grief of those left behind.

  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099542216
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Arnaldur Indridason

Arnaldur Indridason worked for many years as a journalist and critic before he began writing novels. His books have since sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Outside Iceland, he is best known for his crime novels featuring Erlendur and Sigurdur Óli, which are consistent bestsellers across Europe. The series has won numerous awards, including the Nordic Glass Key and the CWA Gold Dagger.

The Shadow District – the first book in the Reykjavík Wartime Mystery series – won the Premio RBA de Novela Negra, the world’s most lucrative crime fiction prize.

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Praise for The Draining Lake

A beautiful, sad, haunting tale of lost love and lost illusion, regret and betrayal

The Times

An absorbing story which confirms Indridason's place among the leading writers of Nordic crime fiction

Sunday Telegraph

Beautifully written and translated, the novel has both a strong sense of place and themes that transcend it; it confirms Indridason as one of those crime writers who rises above genre, combining suspense with moving insights into the human condition

Sunday Times

A haunting, compassionate work

Observer

Indridason manages to keep the reader guessing about the identity of both killer and victim right to the last

Sunday Express

A very good read which involves the reader deeply in the lives and the events of the story

Crimesquad.com

Indridason pieces together a convincing plot, while exploring universal issues of political idealism and shattered dreams

Daily Mirror

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