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Rupture

Published Date: 5th July 2016

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Description

1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…

In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik, who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.

Haunting, frightening and complex, Rupture is a dark and atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s foremost crime writers.

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‘Traditional and beautifully finessed… morally more equivocal than most traditional whodunnits, and it offers alluring glimpses of darker, and infinitely more threatening horizons’ Independent 

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Jonasson’s books have breathed new life into Nordic noir’ Sunday Express

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‘Bitingly contemporary in setting and tone’ Express 

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A modern take on an Agatha Christie-style mystery, as twisty as any slalom…’ Ian Rankin

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‘A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens … first rate and highly recommended’ Lee Child

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‘Chilling, poetic beauty… a must read!’ Peter James

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‘British aficionados of Nordic Noir are familiar with two excellent Icelandic writers, Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Here’s a third: Ragnar Jónasson … the darkness and cold are palpable’ Marcel Berlins, The Times

Author

Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. His debut Snowblind went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after publication, and Nightblind soon followed suit, with Blackout about to be published in July 2016. Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV‐news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and set up its first overseas chapter in Reykjavik. He is also the co-founder of the international crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.

Translator

Quentin Bates escaped English suburbia as a teenager, jumping at the chance of a gap year working in Iceland. For a variety of reasons, the gap year stretched to become a gap decade, during which time he went native in the north of Iceland, acquiring a new language, a new profession as a seaman and a family before decamping en masse for England. He worked as a truck driver, teacher, netmaker and trawlerman at various times before falling into journalism largely by accident. He has been the technical editor of a nautical magazine for many years, all the while keeping a close eye on his second home in Iceland, before taking a sidestep into writing fiction. He is the author of a series of crime novels set in present-day Iceland (Frozen Out, Cold Steal, Chilled to the Bone, Winterlude, and Cold Comfort), which have been published in the UK, USA, Germany, Holland, Finland and Poland. He has translated a great deal of news and technical material into English from Icelandic, as well as one novel (Gudlaugur Arason’s Bowline). He’s currently working on translating the next title in Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series: Blackout.

Website: www.graskeggur.com

Online Reviews

‘Honestly, I think these books just keep getting better. With every new book, I find that Ragnar Jónasson is tackling some very interesting and hard-hitting issues, and always with sensitivity. There is nothing gratuitous in these books, every word serves a purpose. Like flakes of snow falling from the sky, his words fall gently on the reader and have the ability to chill.Rupture was everything I had been hoping for, and so much more. Stunning. Gripping. So completely worth the wait.’ Bibliophile Book Club

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‘… a story with a tainted and deepening shadow at its heart. All of the events are built upon a foundation of lies and deceit. Whatever the resolution, there can be no winners and the lives of all involved are clouded by indelible changes. Another superb read and a fine example of the way in which Jónasson uses atmosphere to create the ultimate sense of dread while not sacrificing the integrity and authenticity of the setting.’’ A Preview of Jen Med’s Book Reviews

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‘The resulting outcomes of both the historic case and the current day matter tackled in Rupture are breathtakingly audacious; combining the deceptively subtle slow reveal of Christie for one, and the depth and elegance of a Karin Fossum sting in the tail for the other. Translated superbly by Quentin Bates with his familiarity for the characters and his invaluable understanding of the quintessentially English charm that Jónasson strives for, Rupture is once again an exquisite read.’ Rachel Hall, Goodreads

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‘RUPTURE by Ragnar Jonasson is one of those rare beasts: a convoluted plot that never once becomes complicated or unwieldy. Taking his cue from greats like Agatha Christie, Jonasson weaves a story that is full of intrigue, keeping us on our toes throughout, bringing us towards a satisfying denouement that is full of juicy – not to mention tragic – revelations.’ Lucy Hay

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‘The noirish feel is present in the storyline as well, reminiscent of the much darker Agatha Christie adaptation recently shown on the BBC, Witness for the Prosecution (see trailer below). Although both cases are ultimately solved, there is little satisfaction to be had from revealing the perpetrators. With the lightest of descriptive touches and a melancholy colour scheme, Ragnar Jonasson leaves us with some open questions about the nature of justice and the power of redemption.’ Crime Fiction Lover

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‘What truly gives Dark Iceland its exceptional charisma is the respect that applies not only to the volatile environment and times of hardship, but for maintaining particular customs and a common courtesy missing from most fiction. The reliably cryptic intrigue, coupled with the characters’ subtle peculiarities and life developments, never ceases to enthral.’ Little Bookness Lane

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‘Ragnar Jonasson expertly weaves these threads together to create a story that flows beautifully. His Icelandic location is blissful and so expertly described. The reader really is transported to the coldest and most desolate spots in this stunning country. I think that Rupture is the author’s best book yet. Whilst only short at just over 200 pages, it packs a huge punch. Elegantly and cleverly paced, with a plot that grips and a totally unexpected ending, this is crime writing of the highest quality. Exceptional, I loved it. Roll on the next instalment!’ Random Things Through My Letterbox

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‘There is no doubt that Jónasson is a quite excellent storyteller. His plots are finely worked out, and his locations are authentic … Rupture is a quite excellent read. Strong on characters, strong on plot, and strong on Iceland. No wonder that, with books like this, Iceland is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination.’ Trip Fiction

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‘Once again, these 2 story lines are seamlessly woven together in an extremely tight plot, using the wonderful backdrop of Iceland. Iceland is as much of a character as the people themselves, I love the descriptions of the landscape and after each book I want to visit Iceland more and more! Another wonderful example of Icelandic noir from Jónasson which is brilliantly atmospheric and claustrophobic – a series that I love and recommend to anyone who will listen!’ Have Books Will Read

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‘When I first reviewed a Jonasson novel (Snowbound) I remarked on the similarities with the plot of an Agatha Christie novel. Rupture gave me that same feeling as I read it – even down to the scene where Ari Thor gathers a small number of characters together to outline his deductions. It really was a fun book to read. Delightfully twisty, frequently sinister and utterly engrossing. I do love the Dark Iceland series and Rupture is another corker.’ Grab This Book

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Ragnar takes part in a Q & A as part of his blog tour. Shots Mag Co

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Ragnar takes part in an interview as part of his blog tour. Retreat West

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‘Once again translated by Quentin Bates, Jonasson plays to his strengths in Rupture. His writing has taken on the confidence and suspenseful skill of a master craftsman perfecting his piece; layer upon layer of meticulous detail patiently added and left to unsettle the reader’s mind. Each character and event adds to the mix; there is no superfluity here. As a resolution to dark secrets approaches, through a combination of his characters’ ingenuity and a writer’s sleight of hand, Jonasson leaves you wanting to know more.’ Claire Thinking

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‘I loved that as the reader we’re allowed to draw our own conclusions from what is discovered during the case. There’s no need for the author to exaggerate a huge twist that will stop the reader in their tracks as it is the subtle way he delivers surprising pieces of the investigation that makes Rupture so damn satisfying to read. It was the tiny hints of something amiss that kept me up late at night refusing the put the book down. And I did refuse to put the book down for so long that I finished Rupture over the course of one late night. I have a feeling this won’t be the last time Ragnar’s Dark Iceland series keeps me up all night.’ Reviewed the Book

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‘Ragnar Jonasson excels in running several investigations in one story, separate strands waiting for links and connections. Foreboding lies in wait and throws darts of disquiet, and my mind scuttled to and fro as I collected information and joined in the investigation. History and time are essential to the storyline and echo with striking vibrancy, ensuring ‘Rupture’ just throbs with dramatic intensity and is a riveting read.’ Love Reading

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‘First it was Snowblind, then Nightblind, Blackout and now … Rupture. And what a book it is! I thought this series couldn’t get any better but it has. In fact, the high expectations I had prior to reading have been far, far exceeded by this marvellous book. That’s how good it is. Tense, thrilling and at times quite dark, Rupture delivers a GARGANTUAN five-star read!’ Ronnie Turner

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‘Jonasson’s writing style is very purposeful and totally unmatched by anyone else. Every single word has a meaning deeper than its literal definition, yet there is a simplicity and a quiet gentleness about it. Despite this elegant approach, he is still able to convey a quiet intensity that is more powerful than an in your face approach. He’s very cautious about what he reveals to the reader only letting you in on secrets when the timing is absolutely perfect.’ Novel Gossip

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‘A crime thriller that uses setting to full effect whilst presenting each character as fully rounded individuals. The writing effortlessly winds the reader in before revealing a satisfying denouement. This whole series is a chilling delight to read. To my mind Rupture is the most skilfully constructed yet.’

Never Imitate

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‘Ragnar talks about his favourite thrillers on the big screen as part of his blog tour.’ Damp Pebbles

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‘I have always enjoyed the descriptions in the Dark Iceland series and this one didn’t disappoint! The author showcases yet more of the beautiful but terrifying landscape of Iceland in this novel which built into yet another atmospheric but chilling read. I thought this was another brilliant novel from Ragnar which has all the ingredients of a fantastic golden age mystery novel with hard-hitting themes and a flawless writing style which lulled me into a false sense of security.’ Chillers Thrillers and Killers

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‘One of the best things about this author is his ability to weave a web made of many strands yet at the end of the day bring them all together into a cohesive and wonderfully constructed whole – there are so many levels to the storytelling yet all are perfectly placed and utterly riveting. Rupture managed to both surprise and delight, engage and inform and there is nothing more really that you can ask for from a read.’ Liz Loves Books

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‘Jónasson manages to weave the strands of the individual stories seamlessly together. The big reveal is always left until the end, with some smaller storylines solved, and others left to carry on through the next book. Jónasson is an incredibly talented writer; his novels are always a joy to read. This series is perfect for winter.’ The Bandwagon

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‘Few writers are able to cast a spell as quickly as Ragnar Jónasson. His stories are magical, nostalgic, dark, and utterly evocative. Do yourself a favor and enter the world of Dark Iceland – you will be entertained, you will be surprised, and you will be changed.’ Bolo Books

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Rupture spins an intricate web of stories: of lives salvaged where others are ruined or sacrificed; of power and control, of secrets and lies, of longing and ambition, of familial tensions, and how family either anchors us or untethers us. There’s a feeling of disquiet rather than menace about Rupture: like ice shifting beneath you, you’ll feel unsteady or unsettled at times. The cracks in the ice may be fine ones but you sense they could so easily rupture and that’s when they become dangerous and devastating.’

Nut Press

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‘Rupture is an excellent crime read with the beauty of Icelandic location adding plenty atmosphere and chill. The quarantine adds an even greater feeling of claustrophobia than ever. Ragnar Jonasson draws together the threads of his story beautifully leading to a satisfying ending. But please, someone get Ari Thor more colleagues!’ Portobello Book Blog

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‘Hedinsfjörður sounds beautifully isolated, the type of place that would be lovely to visit but would quickly feel intimidating by its remoteness. It felt spooky and this combined with certain scenes with Robert convinced me that Ragnar would make a great ghost story writer.’ Steph’s Book Blog

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‘As much as I enjoyed Rupture it wasn’t my favourite but this series is still great! It won’t stop me continuing the series or Ragnars books though, and I hope to see more of Ísrún (even if she isn’t in the final Dark Iceland book, “Night Blind”).Charlotte Reads

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‘Very clever to merge an historical case with a modern day mystery – icy hard snowballs bombard you from each and every angle, icicles bomb down from above – that’s how reading this book feels to be. There is an underlying current of evil, of hardcore death and murder, of a mystery unfurling across the centuries, and of isolation putting up one ice wall after another to keep out anyone who dares enter. Everything can turn on a knife edge in this Dark Iceland and it’s becoming an obsession of mine. So much depth and intrigue in a relatively short read – at 244 pages in the print copy, that is no easy feat. Chillingly brilliant.’ The Book Trail

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Rupture was selected as a star pick at The Times Crime Club

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Rupture is chilling, atmospheric and very readable (beautifully translated by Quentin Bates). I whizzed through it in just a few hours – totally captivated by the vivid descriptions of the Icelandic setting and daily life and haunted by the suspicious death of the past.’ Off the Shelf Books

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‘This is a beautifully written book and I am sure that special mention must go to Quentin Bates whose translation has such fluidity. The complexity of the plot never seems over-egged. You are simply taken on a wonderful reading journey. In short: beautiful but chilling prose which captures the claustrophobia created when secrets bear down from the past.’

Books Life and Everything

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‘Although not as dark as its predecessor, Black Out, it is still a story with a tainted and deepening shadow at its heart. All of the events are built upon a foundation of lies and deceit. Whatever the resolution, there can be no winners and the lives of all involved are clouded by indelible changes. Another superb read and a fine example of the way in which Jónasson uses atmosphere to create the ultimate sense of dread while not sacrificing the integrity and authenticity of the setting.’

Jen Med’s Book Reviews

‘I urge every reader who enjoys traditional Golden Age crime mixed with modern-day sensibilities to give this series a try.  I can’t wait to see what the future lies in store for the characters in these books and the author.  Beautifully evocative of place and character, these books are a pure delight to read.’

Shaz’s Book Blog

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Rupture’s separate narrative strands come together expertly as Thor has the time to reinvestigate an incident from fifty years ago whilst his home town as its people “had become laboratory rats – locked away securely in glass case that nobody was even remotely tempted to open.” This is crime fiction as its most exciting and storytelling at its most authentic.’ Words Shortlist

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‘Never before have I read a book that has left me feeling the need to find a thick pullover and a hot water bottle purely because of the way in which a scene is described.  The chilly tendrils of suspense leech from the pages of this book, slowly weaving their way around a reader until it gets to the point that you are victim to this masterfully written thriller, the outside world ceases while you are wrapped up in this.’ The Quiet Knitter

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‘There is something very special here. We have the return of so many characters we know and love. I was surprised to see Isrun again. Ari Thor seems to be happy with his girlfriend now, which is a relief. This is a crime series that feels very familiar and welcome. Rupture keeps you on your toes, waiting for the final reveal from Ari Thor. It’s a cold winter wind of evil coming from Iceland. Turn up the heat! Wrap up warm. Indulge!’ Northern Crime

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‘Ragnar Jónasson’s writing is a real joy to read, flowing as smoothly as an Icelandic fjord and the setting he has chosen carefully to add to the mystery he has well and truly put Iceland on the Crime and thriller location and put the country on the tourist destination map. A must read if you are a lover of crime and thriller genre.’

The Last Word Book Review

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‘This is more than just crime fiction. The pace of the story is neither fast nor particularly gritty, yet as a reader you find yourself sucked in as you turn the pages and wrap yourself up warm in a furry blanket to prevent the chill off the fjords getting into your bones. I suspect it would be wise to read all three previous novels in the series but as a standalone novel Rupture works. If you haven’t yet…go on … lose yourself in the pages of Ragnar Jónasson…I very much doubt you will regret it!’ Swirl and Thread

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‘The location itself feels like a character in its own right, you can feel the oppressive isolation, especially during the threat of a contagious and killer disease and I certainly kept myself wrapped in my blanket as I felt the cold. Overall an absolutely wonderful book and I have discovered a new favourite author.’ Life of a Nerdish Mum

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‘In this case we have some politics involved, and of course they are corrupted, liars and with a secret agenda… Is there any country with a fair government? It’s sad and disturbing to think that the answer is no! This is a book I highly recommend, one of those books that you don’t want to end, it’s a short story with some amazing characters that you will love since the first page.’ Varietats

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‘What Jónasson captures beautifully in this book is the dark, isolating and rather eery feeling of the empty fjords. As readers, we are able to imagine the scenery clearly and start to develop the same feelings as our characters. Feelings of isolation and despair, but also those of redemption. This is a truly thought provoking book that considers how our actions early in life can shape the people we grow up to be.’ The P Turners Book Blog

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‘I like Ari Thor as a character and I was interested to read his interactions with Ísrún, whom we have already met in Jónasson’s earlier book, Blackout. Their different investigatory styles seem to compliment each other and they certainly made a good partnership. I hope that we see Ísrún once again in any further additions to this series. Rupture is a great crime novel – a classic mystery with a contemporary nordic twist. It creeps up on you, gripping your attention until you just can’t put it down. A beautifully bleak, intelligent and atmospheric tale which I thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend.’

The Curious Ginger Cat

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‘Ragnar Jónasson’s literary past includes translating Agatha Christie into Icelandic. That influence shows in that he has created strong characters, with their own idiosyncrasies and foibles, possessing of course a keen eye for detection and giving all of his novels the closed room feel of a classic crime novel … Another great instalment in the Dark Iceland series. I’m looking forward to the rest.’ From First Page to Last

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‘This is one of those books that makes you feel like there is not quite enough oxygen in the room.  Jonasson creates a deeply atmospheric, almost claustrophobic environment for his characters … Jonasson’s vivid imagery of Iceland and his ability to convey this through engaging all of your senses through his flawless, easy and elegant writing is one of the best parts about this book for me. Another brilliantly translated Nordic Noir offering from a very clever author.’

The Very Pink Notebook

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‘Ragnar is an accomplished author, and tells stories with ease, using atmosphere and details of daily Icelandic life as his tools. Rupture feels quite gentle at first, and less ‘dark’ than its predecessors but without realising, you are reading at a pace as the plot tightens like a noose.’ Iceland, Defrosted

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‘The splitting of action in Rupture allows Ragnar Jónasson to really flex his skills as a writer; equally strong in both establishing a slow burning mystery in Siglufjörður and a gripping, fast-paced thriller of a story in Reykjavík, each complex and packed with enough intrigue and revelation to ensure the pages of Rupture are turned with speed. Rupture is a fantastic book, another brilliant instalment in the Dark Iceland series which is itself a vital addition to both the thriller genre and any discerning bookshelf. I cannot recommend this enough.’ Mumbling About

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‘I really enjoyed the different story lines that ran throughout the novel. I always enjoy having the mixture of the investigations as well as the main characters personal life and the author does this really well. Poor Ari though, things never seem to run to smoothly for him! The Dark Iceland series is one that I think many crime lovers would devour quickly and enjoy. They are not your gritty fast paced crime thrillers but a wonderful atmospheric, who dunnit type of read. Having read all four books in the series I really can’t recommend them highly enough.’ By The Letter Book Reviews

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Rupture is a clever, complex and haunting thriller, a fascinating study of a an already isolated community cut off from the world by a deadly illness, living in fear of both disease and an unknown stalker, and with two young people ploughing a furrow through events of the past , determined to seek out the truth. It’s a fascinating scenario and one that Jónasson exploits through three separate story strands, each slowly weaving together as the mystery unfolds and moves inexorably to a conclusion that is both unexpected and gripping.’ Lancashire Post

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‘There is a nod to queen of crime, Agatha Christie in the denouement as Ari Thór assembles those involved as he explains how a murder was committed. Not only does the character seem to enjoy playing Poirot but you can tell Jónasson enjoyed writing these chapters too. They’re very well done without giving in to cliché. Jónasson is an exceptional writer of Nordic Noir. His style, pace, and sense of tension and atmosphere are almost perfect. This cannot be taught. Ragnar Jónasson is a natural storyteller of immense talent.’ Crime Squad

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‘What Jónasson does really well is describe the surroundings of his story. He captures the scenery so vividly you can almost imagine yourself walking in his shoes and driving with him towards the scene of the crime. I could feel the darkness reaching out to envelop me with its cruel cold hands in an attempt to suck me into the vast nothingness he describes in the book.’ MM Cheryl 

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