I always like mysteries that are about something else besides the mystery. The Draining Lake is about a lot more than just who is the dead guy at the bottom of the lake. That's why I think it's the best Indriðason book I've read. He's really hitting his stride as a mystery craftsman and as a novelist. Yes, we want to know who the dead guy is, but we are also really interested in the parallel story of the early days of the socialist movement in Iceland, about the Icelandic students who studied in Leipzig in the 1950's, about the culture of surveillance and distrust fostered by the East German Communists and the way it disillusioned the Icelandic students to the point where they drifted away from socialism and communism in disgust.
I've now read all the Indriðason books available in English in the U.S. It looks like I have to either learn to read Icelandic, or wait around for Arctic Chill, which Amazon says is coming in February 2009. Despite my post from the other day about not reading books by the same author too close together, I am eagerly awaiting this one.
(Book 43, 2008)