Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel.
Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him.
The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will. Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all. Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.
’Traditional and beautifully finessed’ Independent
‘Bitingly contemporary in setting and tone’ Sunday Express
‘A tiny, segregated town is a superb setting for a crime novel, and Jónasson exploits it well. He builds a layered mystery featuring a series of unhealthy secrets, and past crimes buried deep in the sheltered, almost claustrophobic recesses of family life’ Crime Thriller Journal
'This is an atmospheric portrayal of a claustrophobic place where everyone is connected’ Laura Wilson, Guardian
‘A modern take on an Agatha Christie-style mystery’ Ian Rankin
‘An old-fashioned murder mystery with a strong central character and the fascinating background of a small Icelandic town. Ragnar does claustrophobia beautifully’ Anne Cleeves
‘Ragnar has Nordic Noir down pat - a remote small-town mystery that is sure to please crime fiction aficionados’ Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
‘Ragnar Jónasson write with such a chilling, poetic beauty - a must-read addition to the growing canon of Iceland Noir’ Peter James