Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson

Book #3 in the Dark Iceland series is set in and around Siglufjörður, featuring Detective Ari Thor.

Fascinating location. But I’m finding the translation to English quite simplistic. That’s surprising as author Ragnar Jónasson is the guy who translated Agatha Christie into Icelandic. She inspired yet another writer of murder mysteries.

On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night.

As the 24-hour 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 person’s life hangs in the balance.

Ari Thór Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjörður struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit. …


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