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

Dark, chilling and complex, Whiteout is a haunting, atmospheric and stunningly plotted thriller from one of Iceland's bestselling crime writers.

`Traditional and beautifully finessed ...morally more equivocal than most traditional whodunnits, and it offers alluring glimpses of darker, and infinitely more threatening horizons' Andrew Taylor, Independent

`Jonasson's books have breathed new life into Nordic noir' Sunday Express

`British aficionados of Nordic Noir are familiar with two excellent Icelandic writers, Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Here's a third: Ragnar Jonasson ... the darkness and cold are palpable' Marcel Berlins, Times

`A chiller of a thriller' Carol Memmott, Washington Post

`A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens ... first rate and highly recommended' Lee Child

`Ragnar Jonasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty - a must-read' Peter James

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Orenda Books Publication Date: 01/11/2017 ISBN-13: 9781910633892  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Icelandic crime writer Ragnar Jonasson was born in Reykjavik, and currently works as a lawyer, while teacher copyright law at the Reykjavik University Law School. In the past, he's worked in TV and radio, including as a news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic, and has had several short stories published in German, English and Icelandic literary magazines. Ragnar set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA (Crime Writers' Association) in Reykjavik, and is co-founder of the International crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. Ragnar's debut thriller, Snowblind became an almost instant bestseller when it was published in June 2015 with Nightblind (winner of the Dead Good Reads Most Captivating Crime in Translation Award) and then Blackout and Rupture following soon after. To date, Ragnar Jonasson has written five novels in the Dark Iceland series, which has been optioned for TV by On the Corner. He lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two daughters. Visit him on Twitter @ragnarjo or at Quentin Bates escaped English suburbia as a teenager, jumping at the chance of a gap year working in Iceland. For a variety of reasons, the gap year stretched to become a gap decade, during which time he went native in the north of Iceland, acquiring a new language a new profession as a seaman and a family, before decamping en masse for England. He worked as a truck driver, teacher, netmaker and trawlerman at various times before falling into journalism, largely by accident. He is the author of a series of crime novels set in present-day Iceland (Frozen Out, Cold Steal, Chilled to the Bone, Winterlude, Cold Comfort and Thin Ice which have been published worldwide. He has translated all of Ragnar Jonasson's Dark Iceland series.

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What have I been missing out on!? "White Out" is my first venture into the impressive 'Dark Iceland' series by Ragnar Jonasson and I can't believe I have been missing such a fantastic set of stories. I loved it, loved it and LOVED IT some more! Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead at the bottom of some cliffs of a deserted Icelandic village. Did she jump or did something more sinister take place? Detective Ari Thor Arason discovers that the victim's younger sister and mother also died in the same spot, 25 years earlier. As dark secrets and the sinister history of the village and lighthouse are unveiled, the detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, but will they be able stop further tragedies? This fabulous book was like a stimulating blast of icy fresh air, dark, chilling and so atmospheric. I've never felt more connected to a setting before in a story. So beautiful, rugged and truly haunting, it feels like I've been actually living in Iceland these past few days. I adored the characters, each one was perfect for the role they portrayed and I especially liked how the plot was not over filled with complex characters, just the perfect minimum to keep the story and the suspense flowing. Written by Iceland's best selling crime writer and translated expertly by Quentin Bates, this is a must buy and with a definite Christmas theme to it, it's an ideal read for this time of year - cool, chilling and utterly absorbing. The storyline literally keeps you hooked from the first page, if I could give this more than 5 stars I would. It's been a long time since a book has held my attention and completely shrouded me in a superbly crafted modern crime mystery. I HIGHLY recommend "White Out", this author and the respected publisher Orenda Books, I'm now going to raid the backlist in this fantastic series as I'm now Ragnar's number one fan! 5 stars and then some!!

- 22/11/2017
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