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Blog Tour – ‘Nightblind’ by Ragnar Jónasson

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‘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.

 

‘Nightblind’ is available to buy from Amazon:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nightblind-Dark-Iceland-Ragnar-Jonasson/dp/1910633119/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1452453288&sr=1-1&keywords=nightblind

 

‘Snowblind’ by Ragnar Jónasson

Snowblind

‘Snowblind’ was published by Orenda Books last year.  Translated by Quentin Bates, this is the first book in the Dark Iceland series.  I was sent a copy to review.

Ari Thór Arason, a rookie policeman, gets his very first posting in Siglufjörður, far away from his girlfriend who stays behind in Reykjavik.  Siglufjörður is a small and quiet village in northern Iceland where crime rarely happens, a place so safe in fact that people tend to leave their front doors unlocked.  Everyone seems to know each other and nothing is secret for long.

Soon after Ari Thór’s arrival things start to happen.  First, the Chairman of the Dramatic Society falls to his death in the local theatre and then a few days later a woman is discovered lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious.  Naturally people are shocked and scared.  Ari Thór finds himself being dragged into the heart of a community and along the way discovers that he can’t trust anyone and that secrets and lies are a way of life.  To top it all an avalanche and endless snowstorms close the mountain pass, the constant darkness threatening to push Ari Thór over the edge.  Is there a killer on the loose or is there some other explanation?  That’s for you to find out.

I read ‘Snowblind’ last weekend and absolutely loved it.  Fast-paced, exciting and very gripping, it was a bit of a struggle to put the book down.  I think Quentin Bates has done an absolutely amazing job of translating this story.

There were a number of characters in ‘Snowblind’, most seeming to have a secret or a painful past.  I liked Ari Thór and felt bad for what he had been through.  He proved himself to be a good policeman even if he didn’t always go about things the right way.  Whilst helping to investigate both incidents he went that bit further and made some shocking discoveries along the way.  A smart cookie for sure.

Ragnar Jónasson certainly knows how to write a good thriller.  I could picture what the weather in Siglufjörður was like and could actually feel Ari Thór’s claustrophobia.  It must have felt like it would snow forever.  I don’t think I could put up with that for long.

‘Snowblind’ is brilliant!  An absolute blinder in fact.  If you don’t believe me get yourself a copy now to see for yourself.

I am so looking forward to reading ‘Nightblind’.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

‘Snowblind’ is available to buy on Amazon:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Snowblind-Dark-Iceland-Ragnar-Jonasson/dp/1910633038/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1452024254&sr=1-1&keywords=snowblind

  

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