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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 TVâ€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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Pre-order the final nail-biting instalment in the critically acclaimed Hidden Iceland series - FROM THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR 'No country associated with the label Nordic noir is as bleak, cold, snowy and empty as Iceland. And no crime writer portrays those elements as evocatively and scarily as Ragnar Jonasson' 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 . . . 'Fans of dark crim 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
Pre-order the final nail-biting instalment in the critically acclaimed Hidden Iceland series 'No country associated with the label Nordic noir is as bleak, cold, snowy and empty as Iceland. And no crime writer portrays those elements as evocatively and scarily as Ragnar Jonasson' 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. Praise for Ragnar Jonasson '[The Darkness is] 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
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 '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
FEATURED IN THE TIMES TOP 100 CRIME NOVELS SINCE 1945 '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 'Magnificently dark and twisted and that ending - blimey!' C. J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man
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.
'Superb. . . chilling . . . This is the first volume in Jonasson's Hidden Iceland trilogy, which tells Hulda's story in reverse chronological order and establishes her as one of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month 'Ragnar Jonasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty - a must-read addition to the growing canon of Iceland Noir' Peter James, The Number One bestselling author of Love You Dead 'Crime fiction has never seen a character quite like Hulda Hermannsdoittir; nor a series launch so entirely willing to take risks and obliterate long-standing tropes . . . There is no doubt that The Darkness will rank as one of the most popular and powerful reading experiences of the year' Bolo Books Review **Be the first to read the incredible, chilling first novel in the new Hulda crime series from Icelandic superstar Ragnar Jonasson by pre-ordering your copy now** The body of a young Russian woman washes up on an Icelandic shore. After a cursory investigation, the death is declared a suicide and the case is quietly closed. Over a year later Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik police is forced into early retirement. She dreads the loneliness, and the memories of her dark past that threaten to come back to haunt her. But before she leaves she is given two weeks to solve a single cold case of her choice. She knows which one: the Russian woman whose hope for asylum ended on the dark, cold shore of an unfamiliar country. Soon Hulda discovers that another young woman vanished at the same time, and that no one is telling her the whole story. Even her colleagues in the police seem determined to put the brakes on her investigation. Meanwhile the clock is ticking. Hulda will find the killer, even if it means putting her own life in danger. Spanning the icy streets of Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is an atmospheric thriller fromone of the most exciting names in Nordic Noir. Praise for Ragnar Jonasson 'Seductive . . . an old-fashioned murder mystery with a strong central character and the fascinating background of a small Icelandic town cut off by snow. Ragnar does claustrophobia beautifully' Ann Cleeves 'A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens . . . first rate and highly recommended' Lee Child on Snowblind 'A modern take on Agatha Christie-style mystery, as twisty as any slalom . . .' Ian Rankin on Snowblind 'His clues are traditional and beautifully finessed - and he keeps you turning the pages' The Independent on Snowblind 'Distinctive blend of Nordic noir and golden age detective fiction . . . atmospheric . . . economical and evocative prose' The 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 'The ending hits the reader like a kick in the stomach' Frettatiminn **** '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' Kiljan on The Island
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
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.
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
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.