'Superb. . . chilling . . . This is the first volume in Jonasson's Hidden Iceland trilogy, which tells Hulda's story in reverse chronological order and establishes her as one of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month
'Ragnar Jnasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty - a must-read addition to the growing canon of Iceland Noir' Peter James, The Number One bestselling author of Love You Dead
'Crime fiction has never seen a character quite like Hulda Hermannsdittir; nor a series launch so entirely willing to take risks and obliterate long-standing tropes . . . There is no doubt that The Darkness will rank as one of the most popular and powerful reading experiences of the year' Bolo Books Review
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The body of a young Russian woman washes up on an Icelandic shore. After a cursory investigation, the death is declared a suicide and the case is quietly closed.
Over a year later Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdttir of the Reykjavk police is forced into early retirement. She dreads the loneliness, and the memories of her dark past that threaten to come back to haunt her. But before she leaves she is given two weeks to solve a single cold case of her choice.
She knows which one: the Russian woman whose hope for asylum ended on the dark, cold shore of an unfamiliar country. Soon Hulda discovers that another young woman vanished at the same time, and that no one is telling her the whole story. Even her colleagues in the police seem determined to put the brakes on her investigation. Meanwhile the clock is ticking.
Hulda will find the killer, even if it means putting her own life in danger.
Spanning the icy streets of Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is an atmospheric thriller fromone of the most exciting names in Nordic Noir.
Praise for Ragnar Jnasson
'Seductive . . . an old-fashioned murder mystery with a strong central character and the fascinating background of a small Icelandic town cut off by snow. Ragnar does claustrophobia beautifully' Ann Cleeves
'A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens . . . first rate and highly recommended' Lee Child on Snowblind
'A modern take on Agatha Christie-style mystery, as twisty as any slalom . . .' Ian Rankin on Snowblind
'His clues are traditional and beautifully finessed - and he keeps you turning the pages' The Independent on Snowblind
'Distinctive blend of Nordic noir and golden age detective fiction . . . atmospheric . . . economical and evocative prose' The Guardian on Nightblind
'Jnasson's books have breathed new life into Nordic noir . . . all the skilful plotting of an old-fashioned whodunit although it feels bitingly contemporary in setting and tone' Sunday Express
'The ending hits the reader like a kick in the stomach' Frettatiminn ****
'Out of all of Ragnar's books, this is the one I like the most . . . The book of his which reminds me most of Agatha Christie' Kiljan on The Island
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Ragnar Jnasson was born in Reykjavk, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer and teaches copyright law at Reykjavk University. He has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, and, from the age of seventeen has translated fourteen of Agatha Christie's novels. He is an international Number One bestseller.
An intelligent, provocative whodunit with a killer twist
100 Best Crime Novels since 1945, The Times
Icelandic detective Hulda Hermannsdottir is the best tragic heroine our reviewer has read for years
The Times, Must Read List
A superb thriller
Summer Reads, The Sunday Times
A complex, fascinating mix of Icelandic community and alienation, atmospheric tension, and timely issues (immigrant exploitation and vigilante justice), Jonasson's latest series is another must-read for crime fans who follow the work of Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardottir
I've ONLY recently discovered the extraordinary Icelandic writer who adds several shades of darkness to Nordic noir . . . it builds to a deeply shocking climax
Daily Mail, Ten Thrillers to Die For - Anthony Horowitz
If you have ever doubted the appropriateness of the phrase 'Nordic noir', The Darkness will dispel any hesitation . . . in what way this happens (and how badly) is the strength of the book. There are ever-darker surprises, culminating in a finish that leaves one with a highly disturbing image.
The Press - BOOK OF THE WEEK
The wait was worthwhile and The Darkness first in the new trilogy, is a very efficient piece of work. Jonasson has the full measure of the Nordic noir genre, and pushes all the requisite buttons
Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
To read Ragnar Jonasson is to plunge into snowy Iceland . . .
much of its atmosphere and subtle pacing to the traditional 'golden age' detective fiction as the mystery unfolds and builds to a startling climax, elegantly handled.
Superb . . . Chilling . . . and establishes her as a great tragic heroine of modern detective fiction
Crime Book of the Month, Sunday Times - Joan Smith
Outstanding series debut . . . builds to its stunning conclusion, one of the more remarkable in recent crime fiction
The Darkness melds an insightful character study with a solid plot for an outstanding novel
The perfect territory for mystery [writers]
New York Times
It's shockingly sinister and has an ending that will leave you, literally, gasping for breath
The ending really took my breath away and that's hard for writers to do to me these days . . . It was a complete surprise and I should have seen it coming and I didn't. [Hulda] is a fantastic, complex 3D character and I want to see more of her, so hurray, this is the first of a three book series
Ian Rankin on the Simon Mayo Podcast
The Darkness will have you burning the midnight oil till 2:00am. It's a gloriously compelling yarn, whose spell continues to hold even when you've turned its final page thanks to its unexpected ending. I can't wait for his next
Expertly plotted, with an ending that's a true shocker, The Darkness is the first book in a trilogy
featuring this engaging investigator, which is good news
Book of the Month, Guardian
Chilling - a must-read
Page-turning stuff with an unexpected ending!
James Swallow, bestselling author of Nomad
Was gripped from the start of this brilliantly told story. And left wide-eyed with shock at the ending
Fiona Barton, bestselling author of The Widow
A true masterpiece . . . a plot full of twists and turns and an ending that leaves you gasping for air
As chilling as the nip in the Icelandic air
Crime fiction has never seen a character quite like Hulda Hermannsdittir; nor a series launch so entirely willing to take risks and obliterate long-standing tropes . . . There is no doubt that The Darkness will rank as one of the most popular and powerful reading experiences of the year
Bolo Books Review
Breathtaking. Read it in two sittings. Yet another instant Ragnar Jonasson classic
Thomas Enger, bestselling author of the Henning Juul series
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