A huge bestseller in England, France, and Australia, the third book in the Dark Iceland series from a spectacular new crime writer.
"Easily the best yet. Beautifully written and elegantly paced with a plot that only gradually becomes visible, as if the reader had been staring into the freezing fog waiting for shapes to emerge."The Guardian, UK (Readers' Books of the Year 2016)
"A chiller of a thriller whose style and pace are influenced by Jonasson’s admiration for Agatha Christie. It’s good enough to share shelf space with the works of Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Arnaldur Indridason, Iceland’s crime novel royalty."The Washington Post
Hailed for combining the darkness of Nordic Noir with classic mystery writing in the tradition of Agatha Christie, author Ragnar Jonasson’s books are haunting, atmospheric, and complex. Blackout, the latest Ari Thór thriller, delivers another dark mystery that is chillingly stunning with its complexity and fluidity.
On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer's night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person's life hangs in the balance. Ari Thor Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjordur struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit. What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding? As silent, unspoken horrors from the past threaten them all, and the darkness deepens, it's a race against time to find the killer before someone else dies.
About the Author
RAGNAR JONASSON was born in Iceland and works as an Attorney at Law and writer in Reykjavik. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. Ragnar is the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir. He has appeared on panels at various crime fiction festivals, including Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime in the US. Ragnar lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two daughters.
Ragnar is the author of The Dark Iceland series (Blackout, Nightblind, Iceblind), and The Darkness.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer's night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person's life hangs in the balance. Ari Thor Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjordur struggle with an increasingly perplexing case. If the title or the author appear to be from the North Atlantic area including Iceland and Scandinavia, I am automatically drawn to the book as a read. And I was not disappointed with this book. I keep telling myself that one of these days I will take a trip there and see some of the places described in the book. But alas, I would hope not to see the ask cloud. Among other things, I would be reminded of the darkness of this book. It took a little bit to get into but when I did, I devoured it and am looking for more of this authors books to read. He weaves a good story revealing bits at a time. Layer upon layer. Almost delving into the lives of the characters more than necessary. And there were almost too many of them for my feeble mind to keep up with. But still a good story. I received a copy of the book for giving a review. The comments are my own.
When a somewhat lost tourist happens across a dead body in a remote area of Iceland, the backwater town's police department is aroused from their personal dramas to investigate. Luckily for them, a savvy journalist is tired of being belittled by her boss and finds a way to cover the story while also doing a bit of her own sleuthing which may bring closure to her own personal issues. The first portion of this novel seems to focus on the personalities of the flawed characters. The personnel in the PD, network news program as well as the suspects are temperamental, lovelorn, bullies, vindictive and damaged individuals, some seek redemption. It's actually quite tiresome and whiny. The second portion contains a little more action and interesting story lines bring it all together and comes to a satisfactory conclusion. This appears to be the sequel to Snowblind, which I've not read, and has been translated to English for September, 2018 publication. Thank you NetGalley, Ragnar Jonasson and publisher for the opportunity to read and review this novel.