Dark Iceland

8 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 266 ratings

Snowblind Publisher's Summary

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 theatre, 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.

An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass, and the 24-hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge, as curtains begin to twitch, and his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal. 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, taking Nordic noir to soaring new heights. Author of the best-selling Dark Iceland crime series, Ragnar Jonasson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1976 and 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.

Before becoming a writer, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic and has had short stories published in international literary magazines. Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers' Association (CWA) and recently set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA, in Reykjavik. He is also the cofounder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir, which was selected by the Guardian as one of the 'best crime-writing festivals around the world'. Ragnar has appeared on panels at festivals worldwide, and he lives in Reykjavik with his wife and daughter.

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  • Book 1

    • Snowblind

    • Dark Iceland
    • By: Ragnar Jonasson
    • Narrated by: Thor Kristjansson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Snowblind

    • By: Ragnar Jónasson, Quentin Bates - translator
    • Narrated by: Will Damron
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 139

    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 as Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness - blinded by snow and with a killer on the loose.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unexpected and different

    • By green ice cream garden on 10-12-17

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 2

    • Nightblind

    • Dark Iceland, Book 2
    • By: Ragnar Jonasson
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Ari Thor returns to investigate a chilling series of crimes that are rooted in tragic events from the past. Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • TERRIBLE casting choice!

    • By SoManyBooks on 09-09-16

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    • Nightblind

    • Dark Iceland, Book 2
    • By: Ragnar Jónasson, Quentin Bates - translator
    • Narrated by: Will Damron, Paul Michael Garcia
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
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      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    Ari Thór Arason is a local policeman whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers in an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland - where no one locks their doors - continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit 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 winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good series. titles out of order

    • By Imma on 09-22-18

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 3

    • Blackout

    • Dark Iceland, Book 3
    • By: Ragnar Jonasson
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    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 Reykjavik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person's life hangs in the balance. Dark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland's finest crime writers.

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    • Blackout

    • Dark Iceland, Book 3
    • By: Ragnar Jonasson, Quentin Bates - translator
    • Narrated by: Will Damron, Sarah Mollo-Christensen
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

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

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Just Not Good

    • By blackhillstudio on 09-03-18

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 4

    • Rupture

    • Dark Iceland, Book 4
    • By: Ragnar Jonasson
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    It's 1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjordur. 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 couple may not have been alone on the fjord after all....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • old fashioned skills

    • By Donna on 02-26-17

    Regular price: $15.98

  • Book 5

    • Whiteout

    • Dark Iceland, Book 5
    • By: Ragnar Jonasson
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kalfshamarvik. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the remote rocky outcrop? With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thor Arason discovers that the victim's mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, 25 years earlier....

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