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"Siglufjödur: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors -- accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Th©đr Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik--with a past that he's unable to leave behind. When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theater, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness -- blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose. Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from an extraordinary new talent. "--
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9781250096074
Characteristics: 310 pages :,maps ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bates, Quentin - Translator


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Aug 07, 2018

Underwhelmed. Cannot understand how the book rated such glowing reviews. Did the reviewers even read the book?

Apr 07, 2018

This book is unreadable, as if written by a child. The translation may contribute to the simplistic style and but the superficial development of the characters is down to the author.

Feb 25, 2018

Murder mystery from an Icelandic author. The books have been labeled Dark Icelandic Series. In book one “Snowblind” we meet the protagonist Ari Thor, a young man who has given up his religious studies to go to police college. He soon lands a job as a police officer in Siglufjörđur, the northern most town in Iceland near the arctic circle. The weather plays a main character in the novel. I have never been to Iceland, but Ari Thor gets a bit claustrophobic by the white; mountains, hills, non-stop snow. He is treated as an “outsider” since he came from elsewhere and everyone pretty much knows everything about everyone else in the small town. The police force consists of 3 men including Ari Thor. A woman is discovered near death and bleeding. People told Ari Thor he needn’t bother locking his door because nothing ever happens in the small town, but this unusual incident followed by another death that may have been an accident or may have been a murder - the entire town is confused and upset. So, Ari enters this unusual setting, back home his girlfriend is behaving oddly and everything seems to adding to his snowblind claustrophobia. Author Ragnar Jonasson has created interesting characters in an interesting setting. He adds new characters every step of the way and has one character reliving an ongoing flashback, so I got a bit confused who was who, but stick with it, good murder mystery. Book 2 “Nightblind” is available and SPL has book 3 “Blackout” on order.

Jan 02, 2018

A claustrophobic Icelandic town has numerous secrets for a rookie cop to figure out. Not as good as some Scandinavian fiction I have read but still a clever who dun nit.

Dec 02, 2017

At first I was entertained by this obvious throwback to Agatha Christie (the author has previously translated 14 AC novels into Icelandic): multiple suspects, red herrings and plot twists. But about halfway through the endless character backstories began to blend together and slowed the pacing considerably, detracting from the much stronger story of a novice policeman in over his head as he tries to solve a murder, adjust to a new community and navigate a complicated personal life. The all-but inevitable tv adaptation will hopefully have better pacing. I'm not sure if I will continue reading the series.

Sep 09, 2017

Rookie author selects as his protagonist a rookie policeman, Ari Thor, who is assigned to small northern Icelandic village. Two people die violently and secrets from the past are involved. A dark mystery. Interesting book for those who like Iceland.

Jul 31, 2017

This is a cozy read. The poor young detective – he’s hesitant, charming and naïve as he heads from everything and everyone he cares for in Reykjavik, to a small town in northern Iceland to further his career in homicide. The eve of his arrival plunges him into the maelstrom of small town life, as a prominent citizen appears to have accidentally fallen in a stairwell. The entire cast is assembled: the Jovial Comrade, the Quiet Man, the Bully, the Tart, the Careful Assitant, and the Lover, while fate, in the form of a blinding storm seals the town from outside assistance. While the mind chips away at the culprit, the story slowly progresses amid the high tors of the Icelandic landscape.
If you’re interested, the town is well represented in Google Street Maps and the sheer cliffs and vistas of sky and water are breathtaking. I’m curious to see where the author takes this series and if he can burnish his character with a touch more knowing, intuition and decisiveness as he grows into his role and becomes a part of the isolated landscape of Northern Iceland.

Apr 25, 2017

An enjoyable sneak peek into life in Iceland. - nice plot twists to keep your interest. Very good descriptions of snow storms and the environment. I recommend reading this mystery novel.

Mar 25, 2017

This book is quite good. Library Journal and Publishers Weekly both gave the book a starred review. The book is the first in the author's Dark Island series. It was first published in Iceland in 2015, but not translated into English until 2015. This U.S. edition was not published until 2017. From what I can ascertain, Ragnar Jónasson has written four other books in his Dark Island series: Nightblind, Blackout, Rupture, and Whiteout. Nightblind is scheduled to be published in the U.S. in December 2017, but the U.S. publication dates for the other three books are currently unknown.

The author has another series going, the Hulda series. This series revolves around female detective Hulda (literally meaning “hidden woman”) and is set in Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands, in an isolated fjord, and on one of Iceland’s most picturesque and inaccessible islands. Jónasson has written two books in this series: Dimma ("Darkness") and Drungi ("The Island"). The former was published in Iceland in 2015 and is scheduled for publication in the U.S. in 2018. The latter was published in Iceland in 2016 and is scheduled for publication in the U.S. in 2019.

Mar 12, 2017

First time reading this author. Somewhat disappointing. Much prefer other Icelandic authors.

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