Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: Kindle – 1st December 2015 / Paperback – 22nd January 2016
A shooting on a dark and treacherous night, the intermittent ramblings of a psychiatric patient, and me, perched on the edge of my seat – in these early days of 2016 I truly believe I’ve discovered a new favourite crime series: YES. I’M IN AWE OF ARI THOR.
As a subtle menace worms its way into a close knit Icelandic community, Ari Thor must rouse himself from his sick bed and shake the grip of Influenza to investigate the good people of Siglufjordur. They are a close community indeed, where someone is a cold-blooded killer.
The poor bloke is not in the most ideal position to root out a bad egg threatening their peaceful existence. Circumstances are not ideal for our Ari. After being passed over for promotion as police inspector and treating his superior with less respect than he should have, in light of recent events Ari is riddled with guilt. His personal life doesn’t fair much better either, as he’s left considering the distance that Kristen, his girlfriend and mother of his ten month old son, is putting between them. The isolation of this landscape could cause major issues for an intriguing loner like Ari, but occasionally his character shows a surprising contemplative side.
Endeavour he must. A shooting in this part of the world is a rare occurrence and quickly makes the headlines. It must be dealt with swiftly to prevent ripples of fear creeping into the minds of the residents and farther afield. Ari’s enquiries see him partnered with his old boss, Tomas, who has been recalled from a move to Reykjavik to head up the investigation. Although Ari is initially irked by the decision to bring someone else in to supervise the case, Tomas is also an old friend and Ari knows that petty grievances could get in the way of the truth.
The two of them must tread carefully to not rock the boat that’s being steered toward political waters. A turn in the wrong direction could easily see your career nosedive and that would be regrettable.
A silent threat tiptoes throughout the book to quietly reveal the secrets of good people, nice people. Some of them hoping the snow will muffle the trouble that goes on behind closed doors.
Nightblind is a thriller of distinction. It possesses a majestic quality and reigns supreme. With its superb blend of moody environment, undercurrent of unease, and pitch-perfect pace, right now I’m thinking I’ll be hard-pressed to find another book to rival it.
Oh, in case you were wondering, although this is the second book in the Dark Iceland series it can be read as a stand alone with absolutely no worries.
MY RATING: 5/5, AND THEN SOME.
Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór 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 Thór 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.
Ragnar Jonasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. His debut Snowblind, first in the Dark Iceland series, went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after publication. Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1976, where he 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.
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. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters. Blackout will be published by Orenda Books in 2016.
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