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.
Icelandic crime writer Ragnar Jonasson was born in Reykjavik, and currently works as a lawyer, while teacher copyright law at the Reykjavik University Law School. In the past, he's worked in TV and radio, including as a news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic, and has had several short stories published in German, English and Icelandic literary magazines. Ragnar set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA (Crime Writers' Association) in Reykjavik, and is co-founder of the International crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. Ragnar's debut thriller, Snowblind became an almost instant bestseller when it was published in June 2015 with Nightblind (winner of the Dead Good Reads Most Captivating Crime in Translation Award) and then Blackout and Rupture following soon after. To date, Ragnar Jonasson has written five novels in the Dark Iceland series, which has been optioned for TV by On the Corner. He lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two daughters.
Visit him on Twitter @ragnarjo or at ragnarjonasson.com
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.
Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers in an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland - where no one locks their doors - continue to haunt him.
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