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Dark Iceland series (book 5)

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.


Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. 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 Thór Arason discovers that the victim’s mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty-five years earlier.


‘These are all elements that Jónasson has mastered, so while Whiteout is not very long, it is still intensely satisfying… All of these elements combine to make Whiteout a masterful exercise in “classic” mystery writing. You should absolutely pick up Whiteout, and the rest of the Dark Iceland series, and get into the winter mood!’ The Crime Review

‘Jónasson’s books have breathed new life into Nordic noir’ Sunday Express

‘A chiller of a thriller’ Carol Memmott, Washington Post

‘Ragnar Jónasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty – a must-read’ Peter James

‘It’s hard to imagine an author whose work can genuinely be called an heir to Agatha Christie, but Iceland’s Ragnar Jónasson might be modern crime fiction’s strongest contender.’ Crime by the Book

‘Another must-read instalment in the Dark Iceland series: a contained, tense, and clever mystery with the dark atmospheric touch this series is known for.’ The Crime Review