Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson is the first book in the Dark Iceland crime fiction series and is set in the small town of Siglufjordur in northern Iceland; a town where nothing ever happens, or at least not until our hero Ari Thor Arason arrives!
Ari is a rookie cop. A young man, pretty much directionless having dropped out of college, he decides to give a career in the police a try, and agrees to take a job in Siglufjordur in northern Iceland. This means he will be leaving the capital Reykjavik and most importantly, his live-in girlfriend, Katrina, behind.
Not long after Ari arrives, a naked woman is found lying in the snow in a pool of her own blood, and Siglufjordur’s most famous citizen dies in mysterious circumstances. So begins Ari’s career as a cop in a town where nothing ever happens.
I loved this book. Although a big fan of crime novels I haven’t read many Nordic thrillers, but now I am hooked. I loved the setting, a small Icelandic town where everyone knows everyone else – or do they? And a landscape of snow, ice and biting cold adds to the atmosphere of this book. Add a dab of romance, and a group of supposedly harmless characters, a scattering of twists I did not see coming and you have a real page turner of a novel. Meanwhile, back in Reykjavik the financial crash is beginning and life as people knew it is beginning to unravel. Fantastic.
Always delighted to find a new author and an exciting new series to follow I am going straight away to order my copy of Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson, the second book in this thrilling new series.
And of course I have to mention Quentin Bates, the English born author of a series of Icelandic thrillers, who translated this book from Icelandic into English and who has done a faultless job.
I read this book with a couple of friends on an online book group and we all enjoyed it and it provided us with plenty to discuss.
Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson
9781910633038|Orenda Books pbk June 2015