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Dark Iceland series (book 3)

3 Blackout

This book is included in The Icelanders Cometh crowdfunding campaign run by the Jolabokaflod Book Campaign to raise money for UK libraries to spend on titles translated into English by Icelandic authors to mark World Book Night and UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day.


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 Siglufjordur struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit.

What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding? As silent, unspoken horrors from the past threaten them all, and the darkness deepens, it s a race against time to find the killer before someone else dies…

Dark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional, atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland s finest crime writers.


‘Ragnar Jónasson delivers a masterclass in painting detailed portraits of his characters.’ Ewa Sherman, Crime Review

‘Ragnar Jónasson’s Blackout is arguably the perfect crime novel. I have loved the previous books in Jonasson’s Dark Iceland series, but Blackout took my obsession to a new level. This story perfectly balances murder mystery with character development and present-day plotlines with flashbacks, and delivers a read that’s emotional, intriguing, and impossible to put down.’ Crime by the Book

‘Jónasson does such an incredible job with these characters and their personal stories that it almost does not do Blackout justice to call it “just” a thriller.’ The Crime Review

‘This truly is a crime novel to tamper with your thoughts and send them skittering off in all directions.’ Liz Robinson, LoveReading

‘The style is even more assured and polished than in the debut Snowblind.’ Marina Sofia, Crime Fiction Lover

‘Ragnar Jonasson has rapidly made his way on to my list of must-read authors.’ Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter