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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409078234
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

The Draining Lake

A brilliant new mystery from the winner of the CWA Gold Dagger - haunting, gripping and provoking.


A skeleton is found half-buried in a dried out lake. The bones have been weighed down with an old radio transmitter: is this a clue to the victim, and the killer's identity?

Detective Erlendur is called in to investigate and discovers that there may be a connection with a group of students who were sent to study in East Germany during the Cold War, and with a young man who walked out of his family home one day, never to return.

As the mystery deepens, Erlendur and his team must unravel a story of international espionage, murder and betrayal.

  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409078234
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

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

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

Sunday Express

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

The Times

A haunting, compassionate work


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


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

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

Daily Mirror

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