Synopses & Reviews
The body of a young Russian woman washes up on a remote Icelandic beach. She came looking for safety, but instead she found a watery grave.
A hasty police investigation determines her death as suicide and the case is quietly closed.
When Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik police is forced into early retirement, she is told she can investigate one last cold case of her choice — and she knows which one. The Russian woman whose hope for asylum ended on the dark, cold shore of an unfamiliar country. Soon Hulda discovers that another young woman vanished at the same time, and that no one is telling her the whole story. Even her colleagues in the police seem determined to put the brakes on her investigation. Meanwhile the clock is ticking.
Hulda will find the killer, even if it means putting her own life in danger.
Spanning the icy streets of Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is the first in a new atmospheric and complex thriller series from Ragnar Jónasson, the award-winning author of the internationally bestselling Ari Thor thrillers.
"Jónasson pulls no punches as
this grim tale builds to its stunning conclusion, one of the more
remarkable in recent crime fiction. Fans of uncompromising plotting will
be satisfied." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"A complex, fascinating mix
of Icelandic community and alienation, atmospheric tension, and timely
issues (immigrant exploitation and vigilante justice), Jónasson's latest
series is another must-read for crime fans..." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Jónasson manages to resolve
the plot lines plausibly, and is as strong as ever at combining
fair-play with psychological depth." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Ragnar Jónasson was born in
Iceland and works as an Attorney at Law and writer in Reykjavik. Before
embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen Agatha
Christie novels into Icelandic. His own internationally bestselling
series include the Hulda series and the Dark Iceland series. Ragnar is
the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival
Iceland Noir. He has appeared on panels at various crime fiction
festivals, including Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime in the US. Ragnar
lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two daughters.