On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summers night As thehour 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 persons life hangs in the balanceAri Thr Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjrur 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, its a race against time to find the killer before someone else diesDark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional, atmospheric thriller from one of Icelands finest crime writersJnassons books have breathed new life into Nordic Noir Jake Kerridge, Sunday ExpressThe darkness and cold are palpable Marcel Berlins, TimesA distinctive blend of Nordic Noir and Golden Age detective fiction economical and evocative prose, as well as some masterful prestidigitation Laura Wilson, GuardianJnassons writing is a masterful reinvention of the Golden Age classic style, both contemporary and timeless enclosed by the poetic beauty of the location Crime ReviewA classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens first rate and highly recommended Lee ChildRagnar Jonasson does claustrophobia beautifully Ann Cleeves A modern take on an Agatha Christie style mystery, as twisty as any slalom Ian RankinIcelandic 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 Junewith 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

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