‘Nightblind’ is the second book in the Dark Iceland series. Already out as an eBook, it is being published in paperback by Orenda Books on the 15th January 2016. I have been so excited about this blog tour.
It’s approximately five years since Ari Thór Arason arrived in Siglufjörður. In that time he has got back with his girlfriend and they now have a ten-month-old son. Siglufjörður is normally a quiet village, but it is about to have its peace shattered again. A policeman is shot at point-blank range in the middle of the night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose it falls to Ari Thór to solve the case that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, a woman who has recently moved to the area on the run from something she won’t reveal and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik. Ari Thór could well be in danger himself so he needs to be able to solve the case as quickly as possible.
Having recently read and loved ‘Snowblind’ I couldn’t wait to start ‘Nightblind’. I had the feeling that this book would probably be just as good and I was proved right. With its twists and turns I found myself totally gripped and I got through the book quickly. Quentin Bates has once again done a great job of translating it.
In ‘Nightblind’ Ari Thór has gained a lot more experience and is now a fully-fledged policeman. It was a real shame that he didn’t get the police inspector’s job after his superior left, but he must have got used to Siglufjörður as he obviously chose to stay on. This case was a real puzzle for Ari Thór and a bit of a shocker. It just goes to show that you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. People aren’t always what you see them as.
Ragnar Jónasson is now on my list of favourite authors. I am so pleased to have discovered another fantastic crime writer. I loved the author’s note at the end of the book where Ragnar included a passage from a book written by his late grandfather.
‘Nightblind’ is another brilliant read. I recommend the Dark Iceland series to all crime fans. I really don’t think you will be disappointed. I am already hungry for more and can’t wait for the next book in the series, ‘Blackout’ which is due to be published later this year.
I give this book 5 out of 5.
About Ragnar Jónasson
Icelandic crime writer Ragnar Jónasson was born in Reykjavik in 1976, and currently works as a lawyer, while teaching 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 14 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, selected by the Guardian as one of the ‘best crime-writing festivals around the world’. Ragnar Jónasson has written five novels in the Dark Iceland series, and he is currently working on his sixth. He lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two daughters. Blackout will be published by Orenda Books in 2016.
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