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Dark Iceland series (book 4)

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.


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. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.


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

‘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

‘A distinctive blend of Nordic Noir and Golden Age detective fiction … economical and evocative prose, as well as some masterful prestidigitation’ Laura Wilson, The Guardian

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

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

‘Ragnar Jonasson’s Dark Iceland series is perfect reading material for fans of classic mysteries, and the newest series installment, Rupture, is no exception.’ Crime by the Book

‘Iceland’s modern answer to Agatha Christie is back in fine fettle.’ Marina Sofia, Crime Fiction Lover

Rupture just throbs with dramatic intensity and is a riveting read.’ Liz Robinson, LoveReading

‘Yet another brilliant addition to a fantastic series, offering both the isolation and claustrophobia of Snowblind with the elements of a semi-political thriller. Put this series on your reading list!’ The Crime Review

‘… 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.’ Rachel Emms, Chillers, Killers and Thrillers