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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

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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Other books by Ragnar Jonasson

Winterkill

Winterkill

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

THE STUNNING FINAL INSTALMENT OF THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING DARK ICELAND SERIES 'Jonasson is an automatic must-read for me ... possibly the best Scandi writer working today' Lee Child 'The best crime writer in the world today ... truly a master of his genre' The Times 'The engaging Ari Thor returns in this darkly claustrophobic tale. Perfect mid-winter reading' Ann Cleeves ---------------- A blizzard is approaching Siglufjoerdur, and that can only mean one thing... When the body of a nineteen-year-old girl is found on the main street of Siglufjoerdur, Police Inspector Ari Thor battles a violent Icelandic storm in an increasingly dangerous hunt for her killer ... The chilling, claustrophobic finale to the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. Easter weekend is approaching, and snow is gently falling in Siglufjoerdur, the northernmost town in Iceland, as crowds of tourists arrive to visit the majestic ski slopes. Ari Thor Arason is now a police inspector, but he's separated from his girlfriend, who lives in Sweden with their three-year-old son. A family reunion is planned for the holiday, but a violent blizzard is threatening and there is an unsettling chill in the air. Three days before Easter, a nineteen-year-old local girl falls to her death from the balcony of a house on the main street. A perplexing entry in her diary suggests that this may not be an accident, and when an old man in a local nursing home writes 'She was murdered' again and again on the wall of his room, there is every suggestion that something more sinister lies at the heart of her death... As the extreme weather closes in, cutting the power and access to Siglufjoerdur, Ari Thor must piece together the puzzle to reveal a horrible truth ... one that will leave no one unscathed. Chilling, claustrophobic and disturbing, Winterkill is a startling addition to the multi-million-copy bestselling Dark Iceland series and cements Ragnar Jonasson as one of the most exciting and acclaimed authors in crime fiction. ---------------- Praise for Ragnar Jonasson 'A stunningly atmospheric story. Ari Thor Arason returns in this pitch-perfect, beautifully paced crime novel ... Ragnar Jonasson is at the top of his game, and a master of the genre' Will Dean 'Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense' Ian Rankin 'This is such a tense, gripping read' Anthony Horowitz 'A world-class crime writer' Sunday Times '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 'Ragnar Jonasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty' Peter James 'A gritty and superb thriller series ... Ari Thor is a memorable detective who will go down as one of the greats' Michael Wood 'A vivid cast of characters, whose fears, ambitions, rivalries and longings are movingly universal' Oprah magazine 'The darkness and cold are palpable' The Times 'Traditional and beautifully finessed' Independent 'Jonasson's true gift is for describing the daunting beauty of the fierce setting, lashed by blinding snowstorms that smother the village in a thick, white darkness that is strangely comforting' New York Times 'A chiller of a thriller' Washington Post 'Required reading' New York Post 'Bleakly brilliant' Metro 'Jonasson's books have breathed new life into Nordic noir' Express

The Mist

The Mist

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Paperback / softback 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 '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 Mist

The Mist

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Step into snowy Iceland with the final nail-biting instalment in the critically acclaimed Hidden Iceland series - FROM THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR 'A 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 . . . Winner of the Capital Crime Reader Award for Mystery Book of the Year. '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 'Fans of dark crime fiction that doesn't pull punches will be amply rewarded' Publishers Weekly 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 modern take on an Agatha Christie-style mystery, as twisty as any slalom' Ian Rankin 'Page-turning stuff with an unexpected ending!' James Swallow 'Was gripped from the start of this brilliantly told story. And left wide-eyed with shock at the ending' Fiona Barton 'A true masterpiece . . . a plot full of twists and turns and an ending that leaves you gasping for air' Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The Mist

The Mist

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2020

The final nail-biting instalment in the critically acclaimed Hidden Iceland series - FROM THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR '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 . . . 'Triumphant conclusion. Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense' Ian Rankin 'Fans of dark crime fiction that doesn't pull punches will be amply rewarded' Publishers Weekly Praise for Ragnar Jonasson 'Superb . . . chilling . . . one of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month 'A modern take on an Agatha Christie-style mystery, as twisty as any slalom' Ian Rankin 'A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens. First rate and highly recommended' Lee Child 'Chilling - a must-read' Peter James 'Page-turning stuff with an unexpected ending!' James Swallow 'Was gripped from the start of this brilliantly told story. And left wide-eyed with shock at the ending' Fiona Barton 'A true masterpiece . . . a plot full of twists and turns and an ending that leaves you gasping for air' Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The Island

The Island

Author: Ragnar Jonasson Format: Paperback / softback 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 / softback 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.

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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