Ari Thór is back to guide us through the treacherous landscape of a ‘Dark Iceland’.
A New Year brings a new case for international crime fiction fans of the leading Icelandic author Ragnar Jónasson with the latest thriller Night Blind. Following the introduction of new rookie detective Ari Thór Arason on the Nordic Noir literary horizon, the follow-up to Snow Blind is available to buy on 15th January 2016, published in the UK by Orenda Books and translated by Quentin Bates.
Night Blind returns to the rural, Icelandic setting where there are more hazardous elements to fear than the icy terrain.
“Siglufjordur: 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 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.”
Jónasson’s first novel Snow Blind was released in June 2015 and has since been selected by journalist and Nordic Noir enthusiast Barry Forshaw in the Independent’s Best Crime Books of 2015. The author’s pervading prose in the crime fiction canon has been heralded as: “drawing inspiration from both the Scandinavian tradition and the classic English crime novel”. Interestingly, Jónasson has translated up to fourteen Agatha Christie mysteries into Icelandic prior to his runaway success. He has fast become an international talent: not only is Jónasson a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA), he later established the CWA in Reykjavik and is the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival ‘Iceland Noir’.
It would seem that our readers are in safe hands. So prepare for another chilling chapter to the ‘Dark Iceland’ saga and welcome in the New Year with a thrilling new book to warm up to.