Ragnar Jonasson - Author

About the Author

Author of the bestselling Dark Iceland crime series, Ragnar Jonasson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1976 and works as a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV‐news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Before becoming a writer, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic, and has had short stories published in international literary magazines. Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers' Association (CWA) and recently set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA, in Reykjavik. He is also the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir (www.icelandnoir.com), which was selected by the Guardian as one of the 'best crime-writing festivals around the world'. Ragnar has appeared on panels at festivals worldwide, and he lives in Reykjavik with his wife and daughter.

 

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Featured books by Ragnar Jonasson

Winterkill

Winterkill

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2021

Taut, tenacious storytelling squeezes thoughts and feelings in this chilling read. Winterkill continues the Dark Iceland series in Iceland’s most northerly town as a snow storm hits. A 19 year old falls to her death, and a diary entry suggests that it wasn’t an accident while a man in a nursing home writes “she was murdered” on the wall of his room. This is the sixth and apparently last in a series that pulses with chilling atmosphere and energy. Translated from the French edition by David Warriner, he ensures Ragnar Jonasson’s trademark biting and uncomplicated style is allowed freedom to sing. Now an Inspector, Ari Thor Arason is as fascinating as ever. The storyline contains several strands, interesting characters, and Ari’s complicated relationships. This particular investigation has an unsettling and sad overtone, that lingers after finishing. Winterkill is a satisfying conclusion to a stimulating and readable series. 

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Rupture

Rupture

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2017

An artful and intriguing story set in a remote Icelandic landscape. As a highly contagious fever forces his village into quarantine, Ari Thor begins to investigate an ice cold case. He enlists the help of reporter Isrun from ‘Blackout’ and a further crime begins to coil around them. This is the fourth in the ‘Dark Iceland’ series, I feel that it is best to start with ‘Snowblind’ in order to understand Ari, and as importantly, the area he works in. Iceland sits centre stage, the island is brought to sharp, vivid life. Ragnar Jonasson excels in running several investigations in one story, separate strands waiting for links and connections. Foreboding lies in wait and throws darts of disquiet, and my mind scuttled to and fro as I collected information and joined in the investigation. History and time are essential to the storyline and echo with striking vibrancy, ensuring ‘Rupture’ just throbs with dramatic intensity and is a riveting read. ~ Liz Robinson A Piece of Passion from the Publisher... In a rather strange turn of events, I met Ragnar Jonasson playing football for England, at the annual England v Scotland football match at Bloody Scotland crime festival, and he told me about his Dark Iceland series. Ragnar appeared on a panel, and I watched readers queue up for books that did not yet exist in English. I learned that Ragnar had translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic, and that the setting of the Dark Iceland series was Siglufjörður, a tiny town at the top of Iceland, bound on one side by the sea and on the other by mountains, only accessible by a single mountain tunnel that was often closed by snowstorms and avalanches. The perfect locked-room mystery. So, almost sight unseen, I bought the series, and Snowblind was published seven months later, beautifully translated by Quentin Bates. It went almost instantly to number one on the kindle charts, and a star was born! From there, we haven’t looked back, and every title that has followed (Nightblind and Blackout) has sold in the tens of thousands and attracted a legion of fans and fabulous reviews. Rupture is a brilliant addition to the series, dark, chilling, beautifully written, atmospheric and full of masterful plotting and unforgettable characters. We follow police officer Ari Thor, as he tries to solve a cold case, with the town in quarantine and a stalker on the lose. I can’t speak highly enough of Ragnar and this series. The books are a gorgeous combination of Golden Age crime and Nordic Noir and there is, quite simply, nothing like them. I am honoured to publish Ragnar! ~ Karen Sullivan, Orenda Books Click here to read a Q&A with Ragnar Jonasson about this book.

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Blackout

Blackout

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/07/2016

This truly is a crime novel to tamper with your thoughts and send them skittering off in all directions. ‘Blackout’ takes place in June 2010, following on from ‘Snowblind’, the first in the ‘Dark Iceland’ series. A fascinating murder investigation by police and a reporter takes place during the time the ash cloud from a volcanic eruption affected the country and air travel, ensuring a heightened sense of foreboding and tension. A number of main characters feature, including self reliant Ari Thor Arason, who polices the most northerly village in Iceland, and Isrun, a TV news reporter. I have to admit it did take me a little time to get to know all of the characters, however I do believe ‘Blackout’ works well as a standalone novel. Ragnar Jonasson writes with a bitingly sparse, to the point style, and Quentin Bates has translated his words skilfully, ensuring the story flows. The first part of the novel sews confusion and encourages questions, it almost feels as though two or three jigsaws of information have been thrown into the air to land in one jumbled pile. With several menacing stories, creeping and melding into one, ‘Blackout’ is a wonderfully gripping and gritty novel.

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Nightblind

Nightblind

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2016

Siglufjordur: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thor Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman - shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thor to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will. Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all. Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.

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Snowblind

Snowblind

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2015

It sometimes feels as if everyone in Iceland is writing crime novels but the first appearance of Ragnar Jonasson in English translation (itself a fluid adaptation by British mystery writer Quentin Bates) is cause for celebration. Previously known as a major Agatha Christie translator, he brings that experience to bear on the clever way he weaves the intricacy of small village activities into life, with a slightly darker hue, in his dead Iceland series of which this is the first to be issued here. Ari Thor Arason is a young policeman on his first out of city posting, in a small fishing village in Northern Iceland accessible only by a tunnel. When murder hits the small knit community, Ari, a fish out of water, pining for his distant girlfriend, has to summon his inner fibre and unthread the complex strands of the enquiry amongst a bout of harsh weather that is as much a character in the book as the village's inhabitants. First class classic detection with a frozen twist. ~ Maxim Jakubowski A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

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Other books by Ragnar Jonasson

Outside

Outside

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2022

Four friends. One night. Not everyone will come out alive . . . The gripping new stand-alone mystery from 'world-class crime writer' Ragnar Jonasson, soon to be a major motion picture 'Is this the best crime writer in the world today' THE TIMES 'So atmospheric, I was immediately transported to the Icelandic moors . . . I read with bated breath, my heart pounding' Sara Blaedel 'The atmosphere is so intense you can't help gripping the book as tightly as possible' THE TIMES ________ In a deadly Icelandic snowstorm, four friends seek shelter in an abandoned hunting lodge. Miles from help, and knowing they will die out in the cold, they break in, hoping to wait out the storm until morning. But nothing can prepare them for what's inside . . . With no other option, they are forced to spend a long and terrifying night in the cabin: watching as intently and silently as they themselves are being watched. As the night darkens, old secrets spill into the light, and tensions rise between the four friends. Soon it's clear that what they've discovered in the cabin is far from the only mystery lurking there. Nor the only thing to be afraid of . . . ________ 'A wonderful atmospheric thriller. A real page turner. Gripping and compelling' 5***** READER REVIEW 'A chilling, compelling mystery with a tremendous sense of time and place' 5***** READER REVIEW 'Jonasson expertly delivers twists and turns that you just won't see coming!' 5***** READER REVIEW 'I did not see that coming!' 5***** READER REVIEW Praise for Ragnar Jonasson 'Is this the best crime writer in the world today?' The Times 'An intensely gripping mystery, Ragnar Jonasson is a poet of the dark, wet and cold , of the gloom, cold and rain . The climactic revelations are credible and moving' The Times 'Invigorating Iceland-set slice of Nordic Noir' Daily Mail 'A mist-shrouded blend of horror and psychological thriller . . . works in every way' Booklist

The Girl Who Died

The Girl Who Died

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/06/2021

THE NAIL-BITING SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR A TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Is this the best crime writer in the world today?' The Times 'A world-class crime writer . . . One of the most astonishing plots of modern crime fiction' Sunday Times 'It is nothing less than a landmark in modern crime fiction' The Times ________ 'TEACHER WANTED ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD . . .' After her father's sudden, tragic suicide, Una spends her nights drinking alone in Reykjavik, stricken with thoughts that she might one day follow in his footsteps. So when she sees an advert seeking a teacher for two girls in the tiny village of Skalar - population of ten - on the storm-battered north coast of the island, she sees it as a chance to escape. But once she arrives, Una quickly realises nothing in city life has prepared her for this. The villagers are unfriendly. The weather is bleak. And, from the creaky attic bedroom of the old house where she's living, she's convinced she hears the ghostly sound of singing. Una worries that she's losing her mind. And then, just before midwinter, a young girl from the village is found dead. Now there are only nine villagers left. And Una fears that one of them has blood on their hands . . . ________ **WINNER OF THE CRIME FICTION LOVER BEST IN TRANSLATION AWARD** 'An intensely gripping mystery, Ragnar Jonasson is a poet of the dark, wet and cold , of the gloom, cold and rain . The climactic revelations are credible and moving' The Times 'Invigorating Iceland-set slice of Nordic Noir' Daily Mail 'With his trademark elegant prose and atmospheric sense of place, Jonasson weaves a slow-burning, haunting tale with a chilling ending' Daily Record 'A mist-shrouded blend of horror and psychological thriller . . . works in every way' Booklist Praise for Ragnar Jonasson 'This is Icelandic noir of the highest order, with Jonasson's atmospheric sense of place, and his heroine's unerring humanity shining from every page' Daily Mail 'Triumphant conclusion. Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense' Ian Rankin 'This is such a tense, gripping read' Anthony Horowitz 'Brilliantly effective. Each book enraptures us' The Times Literary Supplement 'Superb . . . chilling . . . one of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month 'A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens. First rate and highly recommended' Lee Child 'Chilling - a must-read' Peter James 'A stunningly atmospheric story. Pitch-perfect, beautifully paced. Ragnar Jonasson is at the top of his game, and a master of the genre' Will Dean 'Darkly claustrophobic . . . Perfect mid-winter reading' Ann Cleeves

Winterkill

Winterkill

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2020

Taut, tenacious storytelling squeezes thoughts and feelings in this chilling read. Winterkill continues the Dark Iceland series in Iceland’s most northerly town as a snow storm hits. A 19 year old falls to her death, and a diary entry suggests that it wasn’t an accident while a man in a nursing home writes “she was murdered” on the wall of his room. This is the sixth and apparently last in a series that pulses with chilling atmosphere and energy. Translated from the French edition by David Warriner, he ensures Ragnar Jonasson’s trademark biting and uncomplicated style is allowed freedom to sing. Now an Inspector, Ari Thor Arason is as fascinating as ever. The storyline contains several strands, interesting characters, and Ari’s complicated relationships. This particular investigation has an unsettling and sad overtone, that lingers after finishing. Winterkill is a satisfying conclusion to a stimulating and readable series. 

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The Mist

The Mist

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/11/2020

Step into snowy Iceland with the final nail-biting instalment in the critically acclaimed Hidden Iceland series - FROM THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR A TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Is this the best crime writer in the world today? If you're looking for a mystery to get lost in during lockdown . . .' The Times 'A world-class crime writer . . . One of the most astonishing plots of modern crime fiction' Sunday Times 'It is nothing less than a landmark in modern crime fiction' The Times _______ 1987. An isolated farm house in the east of Iceland. The snowstorm should have shut everybody out. But it didn't. The couple should never have let him in. But they did. An unexpected guest, a liar, a killer. Not all will survive the night. And Detective Hulda will be haunted forever . . . _______ 'This is Icelandic noir of the highest order, with Jonasson's atmospheric sense of place, and his heroine's unerring humanity shining from every page' Daily Mail 'Triumphant conclusion. Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense' Ian Rankin 'This is such a tense, gripping read' Anthony Horowitz 'Brilliantly effective. Each book enraptures us' The Times Literary Supplement Praise for Ragnar Jonasson 'Superb . . . chilling . . . one of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month 'A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens. First rate and highly recommended' Lee Child 'Chilling - a must-read' Peter James 'A stunningly atmospheric story. Pitch-perfect, beautifully paced. Ragnar Jonasson is at the top of his game, and a master of the genre' Will Dean 'Darkly claustrophobic . . . Perfect mid-winter reading' Ann Cleeves

The Island

The Island

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2019

FEATURED IN THE SUNDAY TIMES CRIME BOOKS OF THE YEAR 'The ending really took my breath away' IAN RANKIN Discover The Island - Agatha Christie meets Nordic noir. . . _____________ Four friends visited the island. But only three returned . . . Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir is sent to the isolated island of Ellidaey to investigate a disappearance. But she finds haunting similarities to an old case - the murder of a young woman ten years ago. Has a patient killer struck again? Hulda is soon caught in a web of deceit, convinced everyone is lying, even those closest to her. What secrets is the island hiding? And what price will she pay for uncovering the truth? ____________ THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR 'One of the greatest tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction' Sunday Times 'Dark, chilling and utterly gripping, The Island is Nordic noir at its best, and is destined to become a classic of the genre. I couldn't put it down' Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door 'Riveting' Sunday Times 'Brilliantly effective. Each book enraptures us' The Times Literary Supplement 'Magnificently dark and twisted' C. J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man 'Ragnar Jonasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty - a must-read' Peter James, bestselling author of Love You Dead 'Out of all of Ragnar's books this is the one I like the most . . . The book of his which reminds me most of Agatha Christie' Kilian Praise for Ragnar Jonasson 'A distinctive blend of Nordic noir and golden age detective fiction . . . atmospheric and evocative prose' Guardian on Nightblind 'Jonasson's books have breathed new life into Nordic noir . . . all the skilful plotting of an old-fashioned whodunit although it feels bitingly contemporary in setting and tone' Sunday Express 'His clues are traditional and beautifully finessed - and he keeps you turning the pages' Independent on Snowblind

The Darkness

The Darkness

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

FEATURED IN THE TIMES TOP 100 CRIME NOVELS SINCE 1945 SOON TO BE A MAJOR TV SERIES 'An intelligent, provocative whodunit with a killer twist' IAN RANKIN ____________ A body is found off the coast of Iceland. A cursory police investigation calls it suicide. She's just another statistic, soon forgotten. But not by Reykjavik Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir. Difficult and unconventional, Hulda is being forced into early retirement. Offered one last cold case to investigate she chooses Elena's. And when she discovers another woman vanished at a similar time, she believes a killer roams free. With days before she's stripped of her badge, can Hulda catch the killer alone? ____________ THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR 'Superb . . . chilling . . . one of the greatest tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction' Sunday Times 'Outstanding' Daily Mail 'Expertly plotted, with an ending that's a true shocker' Guardian 'Brilliantly effective. Each book enraptures us' The Times Literary Supplement 'Magnificently dark and twisted and that ending - blimey!' C. J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man

Totenklippe

Totenklippe

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Ebook Release Date: 26/09/2018

Die >Dark IcelandDie Leiche der jungen Frau fand man nur zwei Tage vor Weihnachten. Sie lag unterhalb der Klippen. Genau an der Stelle, an der vor 25 Jahren ihre Mutter und jungere Schwester gelegen hatten. Beide zu Tode gesturzt. Als Ari Thor den Tatort begutachtet, stellen sich ihm viele Fragen. Ist die junge Frau gesturzt, oder wurde sie gestoen? Was wissen die letzten verbliebenen Einwohner des Dorfes? Als dichter Schneefall einsetzt, kommt Ari einer unfassbaren Tragodie auf die Spur. Spannung auf Islandisch - Ragnar Jonasson gelingt im vierten Band der "e;Dark Iceland"e;-Serie ein gefahrlich spannender Kriminalroman in einer wilden, unberechenbaren Naturlandschaft.

Whiteout (translated by Quentin Bates)

Whiteout (translated by Quentin Bates)

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2017

This is a gripping, biting crime mystery set in northern Iceland, and the fifth novel in the ‘Dark Iceland’ series. Do start at the beginning of the series with the ‘Snowblind’, as these books deserve to be, and should be read in order. Ari Thor investigates the death of a young woman found at the bottom of cliffs, is it murder, or an accident? The chillingly simple prologue shocks, creating echoes that remain throughout the book. Ragnar Jonasson introduces new characters slowly, allowing a quiet unease to settle over the pages as they enter your thoughts. The Icelandic christmas traditions hover, creating moments of warmth and love that highlight the grim nature of the tale. Translator Quentin Bates continues to ensure the words flow from the page, with no interruption or separation from the storyline. ‘Whiteout’ confirms Jonasson’s series as a must read, it is compelling, thrilling, and just so, so entertaining. Liz Robinson

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Blindes Eis

Blindes Eis

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Ebook Release Date: 21/09/2017

Erstklassige Spannung aus Island: Nach "e;Schneebraut"e; und "e;Todesnacht"e; folgt jetzt der dritte Band der Dark-Iceland-Serie des islandischen Erfolgsautors Ragnar Jonasson.Im Norden Islands, einem Nachbarort von Siglufjordur, ziehen in den Funfzigerjahren zwei junge Ehepaare auf einen verlassenen, abgelegenen Bauernhof. Doch ihr gemeinsames Leben dort endet jah, als eine der beiden Frauen unter mysteriosen Umstanden zu Tode kommt. Sechzig Jahre spater taucht ein Foto auf, das zeigt: Die vier waren damals nicht alleine dort drauen in der Wildnis... Ari Thor Arason, Polizist in Siglufjordur, rollt diesen alten Fall noch einmal auf und findet viele Ungereimtheiten. Mit Hilfe von Isrun, einer befreundeten Journalistin in Reykjavik, die selbst in einem komplizierten Fall von Kindesentfuhrung und Mord recherchiert, deckt er die wahren Hintergrunde hinter den tragischen Geschehnissen von damals auf.Eindringlich, packend und komplex: "e;Blindes Eis"e; ist ein dunkler und atmospharischer Thriller, in dem mysteriose Ereignisse aus Vergangenheit und Gegenwart vollig uberraschende Wendungen nehmen.

Todesnacht

Todesnacht

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Ebook Release Date: 23/10/2013

Erstklassige Spannung aus Island: Der zweite Band der Dark-Iceland-Serie des islandischen Erfolgsautors Ragnar Jonasson.Band 1: "e;Schneebraut"e;, Band 3: "e;Blindes Eis"e;Menschenhandel und Gewalt, Willkur und Vergewaltigung: Auch der zweite Fall stellt den jungen Polizisten Ari vor eine schier unlosbare Aufgabe.Die Idylle des Dorfes Siglufjordur tauscht, denn der Tod von Elias Freysson hat die Gemeinde zutiefst schockiert. Elias war Handwerker, er war beliebt, unterstutzte einen Wohltatigkeitsverein und hatte viele Freunde. Doch jemand muss ihn so sehr gehasst haben, dass er ihn mit einem Holzpfosten erschlug. Auch in seinem zweiten Einsatz ermittelt der junge Polizist Ari in der atemberaubenden Schonheit und Kalte von Islands rauem Norden

Schneebraut

Schneebraut

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/10/2011

Erstklassige Spannung aus Island: Die Dark-Iceland-Serie des islandischen Erfolgsautors Ragnar Jonasson.Band 2: "e;Todesnacht"e; und Band 3: "e;Blindes Eis"e;Schon wie ein Engel lag sie da - und so totWinter in einem kleinen, abgelegenen Fischerdorfchen im Norden von Island, das nur durch einen Bergtunnel zu erreichen ist. Eine junge, halbnackte Frau liegt blutend und bewusstlos im Schnee. Ein alter Schriftsteller sturzt im Theater zu Tode. Ari, der neue Polizist am Ort, erkennt rasch, dass er erst die Verbrechen der Vergangenheit aufklaren muss, um die Falle der Gegenwart losen zu konnen. Und das in einem Dorf, wo er niemandem trauen kann und ihm auch niemand helfen will.

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