NIGHTBLIND RAGNAR JONASSON
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.
The reason I wanted to read Nightblind is because I read the first book Snowblind. Ragnar Jonasson is the only police novel that I can follow into their fascinating family background. What I particularly like about Ragnar Jonasson is that he makes each and every one of his characters so interesting that I find myself indulged reading about them. I can not wait for a third book to be published.
The events of Nightblind take place five years after Snowblind. In the capital city of Reykjavik Ari Thor Arason is a police officer, Thomas is his boss. The new inspector is a man called Herjolfur. Ari Thor has been reunited with his girlfriend Kristin, and now have a ten-month-old son.
Siglufjordur in Iceland is a small quite fishing village where everyone was connected and nobody could be trusted completely. When Ari Thor has first arrived he was told by Thomas his boss that nothing ever happened in Siglufjordur. But now the new tunnel had brought the town closer to the main roads and it was starting to become busier.
Ari Thor was ill in bed flu, he should have been duty, later he realizes that having the flu saved his life. Herjolfur had to do Ari Thor’s night shift. But as Herjolfur investigates something at a house he is shot at point-blank. Nightblind is unputdownable as the police need to find out who shot one of their police officers as no police office has ever been shot before in their quite little village.
Nightblind is full of surprises which makes it an extraordinary thriller and it certainly is a must read.