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"Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors--accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books, a Thomas Dunne Book,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250096074
Characteristics: 310 pages : maps ; 25 cm


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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.

Mar 12, 2017

Icelandic Noir as recommended by Ann Cleeves who considers Ragnar Jonasson a promising young writer in the crime genre..Snowblind is right up there with the best of Scandinavian Noir epitomised by Jo Nesbo and Camilla Lackberg. It must be the freezing climate. Much enjoyed and I am looking forward to more.

multcolib_karene Mar 07, 2017

If you're in the mood for a Nordic thriller, this one should suck you right in!

Mar 03, 2017

I've always been interested in Iceland and this book gave me a taste of what life is like in the far northern area. I enjoyed the novel and look forward to the next in this series.

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