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Nightblind (Dark Iceland #2) af Ragnar…
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Nightblind (Dark Iceland #2) (original 2015; udgave 2015)

af Ragnar Jónasson

Serier: Dark Iceland (5)

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"Chilling, and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from undeniable new talent Ragnar Jonasson. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers in an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland--where no one locks their doors--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 dares not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all."--… (mere)
Medlem:turtal30
Titel:Nightblind (Dark Iceland #2)
Forfattere:Ragnar Jónasson
Info:Orenda Books, Kindle Edition, 280 pages
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Nightblind af Ragnar Jónasson (2015)

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I have to say that I love the Dark Iceland series, the only problem is that each instalment is too darn short. I really ought to read slower to make the experience last longer but my eyes seem to have other ideas as they scoot across the page greedily devouring every single line.

We are reminded again that nothing ever happens in the sleepy arctic town of Siglufjörðor, until someone is shot. We meet back up with our favourite fictional Icelander, Ari Thór, who has finally talked his girlfriend, Kristín, into moving to Siglufjörðor where they live with their young son, Stefnir. Ari Thór is off work with flu so his new police inspector, Herjólfur, is covering his shift. Herjólfur is called out to an abandoned house frequented by drug dealers where he is shot at point blank range, leaving Ari Thór to wonder whether he was the intended target.

With Herjólfur clinging on to life, but unlikely to regain consciousness, Ari Thór's old boss, Tómas, returns to help with the investigation. In between the investigation there are tantalising snippets from a diary that had me completely riveted with questions pouring out of my brain like an avalanche. Whose diary is it? Is it past? Is it present? Can I read any faster to find out?

Nightblind is another stupendous instalment from Ragnar Jónasson. As ever, the landscape feels like a main character itself, as the words on the page magically transform into a landscape painting in my head. I have to applaud the translation of Quentin Bates in addition to the talented writing of Ragnar Jónasson; absolutely nothing is lost in translation, but everything is gained as the ingenious words paint such a vivid picture.

I was slightly confused as to which order I should read the books as the UK series order differs from the original. When I've read them all, I'll decide if it really matters but at the moment I just want to read them all in whatever order I can. I can only presume that the order will matter in the development of Ari Thór and Kristín's relationship as in Nightblind, Ari Thór seems completely oblivious to Kristín's feelings. I think their relationship is as cold as the temperature outside in Siglufjörðor but time will tell whether they can survive the cold, dark winter.

Nightblind is so good I have two copies of it: one a treasured signed first edition, that I handle with kid gloves, and a kindle copy to which I added copious effusive notes. Bring on book 3, Blackout. ( )
  Michelle.Ryles | Mar 9, 2020 |
4.5 stars.

Nightblind by Ragnar Jónasson is a gripping mystery that takes place just as winter is beginning in a small Icelandic town on the coast. This second installment in the Dark Iceland series is a fast-paced police procedural starring Ari Thór Arason and takes place five years after the first novel ends since the translated editions are slightly out of order.

Ari Thór and his girlfriend Kristín have reunited and now live together with their ten month old son. His former boss, Tómas, has relocated to Reykjavík and he does not know the new police chief, Herjólfur, very well. While Ari Thór is recovering from a bout of the flu, he is stunned to discover that the small police department has been rocked by a shocking murder. With Tómas temporarily reassigned to help with the investigation, they start their investigation at the deserted house where the shooting occurred.

Although five years have passed since his introduction, Ari Thór is much the same. He is quiet with a keen intellect and sharp instincts but he is not one to talk about his problems. The encroaching winter darkness still presses in on him and leaves him feeling claustrophobic. His relationship with Kristín remains troubled and despite his concerns about her recent emotional distance, Ari Thór finds it easier to ignore their problems instead of discussing them. He is also still troubled by events from his childhood and he is still unable to discuss these issues with Kristín.

Despite some lingering resentment over not being chosen as Tómas's replacement, Ari Thór does not let this interfere with the murder investigation. He feels a bit of kinship with the victim's son and he keeps a respectful distance in order to allow him to process his grief in private. Although Ari Thór is happy to be working with Tómas again, he cannot help but bristle a bit when his old boss takes complete charge of the police department. Ari Thór might not be as experienced as Tómas but he is an excellent investigator with an uncanny ability to solve crimes.

Interspersed with the investigation are chapters containing diary entries from a patient at a psychiatric hospital. While the person's identity remains shrouded in mystery, the pages from the diary paint a fairly bleak picture of somewhat dodgy treatment for an unspecified condition. The person's identity and the significance of these chapters are not revealed until Ari Thór has unmasks the murderer and uncovers the motive for the crime.

Nightblind is an absolutely riveting police procedural that is fast-paced and compelling. The plot is complex and the characters are well fleshed out. The investigation into the murder unfolds at a realistic pace and Ari Thór utilizes good old fashioned detective work to solve the crime. I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend this latest addition to Ragnar Jónasson's Dark Iceland series to readers who enjoy atmospheric mysteries. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
Well, I read this because I saw promise in the author's first book in this series. Unfortunately, although the essential elements of a mystery were present, the writing did not really generate any feelings of suspense or imminent danger. I don't plan on reading any more of this series. ( )
  hemlokgang | Oct 25, 2019 |
Dark Iceland series ( )
  Overgaard | Oct 5, 2019 |
The clever and low-key resolution of this redeemed it for me. Up to then, it had been clichéd and a bit dull. ( )
  Devatipan | Sep 1, 2019 |
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"Chilling, and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from undeniable new talent Ragnar Jonasson. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers in an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland--where no one locks their doors--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 dares not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all."--

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