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Ragnar Jónasson

About the author

_32B9893orIcelandic crime writer Ragnar Jónasson was born in Reykjavik in 1976, and currently works as a lawyer, while teaching copyright law at the Reykjavik University Law School. In the past, he’s worked in TV and radio, including as a news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic, and has had several short stories published in German, English and Icelandic literary magazines. Ragnar set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA (Crime Writers’ Association) in Reykjavik, and is co-founder of the international crime-writing festival Iceland Noir.

Ragnar Jónasson has written five novels in the Dark Iceland series, and he is currently working on his sixth. He lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two daughters.


Dark Iceland series

Snowblind (translated by Quentin Bates)

Nightblind (translated by Quentin Bates)

Blackout (translated by Quentin Bates)

Rupture (translated by Quentin Bates)

Whiteout (translated by Quentin Bates)

Hidden Iceland series

The Darkness (translated by Victoria Cribb)

The Island (translated by Victoria Cribb)

The Mist – to be published in the UK in March 2020

White Death – to be published in Iceland in 2019 | no publication date yet announced for the UK


UK and USA (Dark Iceland series): Orenda Books

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UK (Hidden Iceland series): Michael Joseph / Penguin

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USA (Dark Iceland series): Minotaur Book

Ragnar Jónasson’s books are published by Minotaur Books in hardback and Picador in paperback.

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Bookshop event news

Waterstones’ Piccadilly bookshop in London staged an event on 24 May 2016 called ‘An Icelandic Invasion with bestselling Icelandic authors Ragnar Jónasson and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir in conversation‘.

Rights news

Orenda Books has announced that On the Corner, the UK production company responsible for the Academy Award-winning Amy, has acquired the TV rights for Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series. The deal was negotiated by Luke Speed at Curtis Brown.

The series, currently comprised of five books, including the bestselling Snowblind and Nightblind, with Blackout published in July 2016, features Icelandic police officer Ari Thór, who is based in the northernmost town in Iceland, Siglufjörður.

Rights to the series have been sold in ten countries to date, and Snowblind has been a number one bestseller in both the UK and Australia.

On the Corner is a multi-award-winning independent production company, producing original, high-quality drama and documentaries. They were responsible for Senna, which won two BAFTAs, and Amy, the most successful British documentary of all time.

Ragnar Jónasson says, ‘I am thrilled that we have finalised this deal with On the Corner. They have set out very ambitious plans to bring my books to the screen and I am confident that my characters and stories are in very capable hands.’

David Headley, of DHH Literary Agency, Ragnar’s literary agent says, ‘Ragnar is a talented, brilliant author and the Dark Iceland series will make great TV. We couldn’t be happier for him.’

Karen Sullivan, publisher of Orenda Books, says, ‘It is beyond exciting to know that such a prestigious production company will be bringing this fabulous series to the small screen. Ragnar’s books are atmospheric, chilling and evocative, and he cleverly weaves together the very best aspects of Nordic Noir with all the elements of a Golden Age mystery. TV is a natural home for them, and I know that On the Corner will do them proud.  Beautifully translated by Quentin Bates, Ragnar’s books have attracted a new legion of fans to the genre, and I’m sure the TV series will do the same.’