A Good Read: Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson


Good read posts aren’t reviews as such, more a sharing of a few lines on selected books I’ve found interesting and original. My latest is Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson.

Here’s the blurb

The peace of a close-knit Icelandic community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark Arctic waters closing in, it falls to Ari Thor to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik where someone is being held against their will…

My thoughts

This is a series I first got into after meeting Ragnar Jonasson at Crimefest last year and reading his first novel, Snowblind, which thrust Icelandic detective Ari Thor into the limelight to much critical acclaim. I absolutely love the setting of the small fishing village, Siglufjördur, in northern Iceland and find Thor both an intriguing and engaging character.

Nightblind is set five years after the events of Snowblind and opens with the shooting of a policeman. Ari Thor, now a father, is called from in from sick leave to investigate and soon releases that all is not what it seems. What I really enjoyed about this book is how the author weaves the stories of each character touched by the crime into the story giving the reader a great insight into life in this isolated setting. Snowblind and Nightblind are both translated by Quentin Bates.

If you like your thrillers dark and literary with an interesting setting, I would certainly recommend giving this one a go. The third in the series, Blackout, is scheduled for release by the fabulous Orenda books 15th May 2016.

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