In a quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, rookie cop Ari Thor Arason is being drawn into a series of suspicious accidents and deaths. As his investigation becomes increasingly personal and complex, Ari's past may be closer than he thinks. Taut and terrifying, 'Snowblind' is a startling debut from an extraordinary new talent, taking Nordic Noir to extraordinary new heights.
I was looking forward to reading this book, but was disappointed. I did not feel any atmosphere, I wasn't at all "hooked" into the story - it felt like I was reading a draft of a book rather than a finished novel and I found the translation wooden. I was anticipating reading the rest of the series but will not be bothering to do this as I felt no attachment or interest in the characters of this book.
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.
Ari Thâor Arason, a rookie policeman on his first posting in a Northern Iceland fishing village, confronts the secrets and lies of a community he cannot trust after a young woman is found bleeding and unconscious in the snow and an elderly writer falls to his death.
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