Winterkill (Dark Iceland series) (Hardcover)

Winterkill (Dark Iceland series) By Ragnar Jonasson, David Warriner (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ragnar Jonasson, David Warriner (Translated by)
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**Sunday Times BOOK OF THE MONTH**

‘Jónasson is an automatic must-read for me … possibly the best Scandi writer working today’ Lee Child

‘Is this the best crime writer in the world today? … Truly a master of his genre’ The Times

'The engaging Ari Thor returns in this darkly claustrophobic tale. Perfect mid-winter reading' Ann Cleeves

‘A stunningly atmospheric story. Ari Thór Arason returns in this pitch-perfect, beautifully paced crime novel … Ragnar Jónasson is at the top of his game, and a master of the genre’ Will Dean


A blizzard is approaching Siglufjörður, and that can only mean one thing…

When the body of a nineteen-year-old girl is found on the main street of Siglufjörður, Police Inspector Ari Thór battles a violent Icelandic storm in an increasingly dangerous hunt for her killer … The chilling, claustrophobic finale to the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. 

Easter weekend is approaching, and snow is gently falling in Siglufjörður, the northernmost town in Iceland, as crowds of tourists arrive to visit the majestic ski slopes.

Ari Thór Arason is now a police inspector, but he’s separated from his girlfriend, who lives in Sweden with their three-year-old son. A family reunion is planned for the holiday, but a violent blizzard is threatening and there is an unsettling chill in the air.

Three days before Easter, a nineteen-year-old local girl falls to her death from the balcony of a house on the main street. A perplexing entry in her diary suggests that this may not be an accident, and when an old man in a local nursing home writes ‘She was murdered’ again and again on the wall of his room, there is every suggestion that something more sinister lies at the heart of her death… 

As the extreme weather closes in, cutting the power and access to Siglufjörður, Ari Thór must piece together the puzzle to reveal a horrible truth … one that will leave no one unscathed.

Chilling, claustrophobic and disturbing, Winterkill is a startling addition to the multi-million-copy bestselling Dark Iceland series and cements Ragnar Jónasson as one of the most exciting and acclaimed authors in crime fiction.


Praise for Ragnar Jónasson
‘A sinister twisted tragedy’ The Times 

‘If Iceland missed out on the Golden Age of crime writing, the country – and Jonasson – is certainly making up for it now’ Sunday Times

‘Outstanding … Series fans will be sorry to see the last of Ari Thór’ Publishers Weekly

‘Jonasson’s Dark Iceland novels are instant classics’ William Ryan

‘Jónasson’s punchy, straightforward prose is engrossing … A diverting mystery’ Foreword Reviews

'Consummate crime writing … poignant and disturbing’ New Books Magazine

‘Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense' Ian Rankin

'A tense, gripping read' Anthony Horowitz
'Icelandic noir of the highest order, with Jónasson's atmospheric sense of place, and his heroine's unerring humanity shining from every page' Daily Mail

’Ragnar Jónasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty’ Peter James

’Traditional and beautifully finessed’ Independent

‘Jónasson’s true gift is for describing the daunting beauty of the fierce setting’ New York Times

‘A chiller of a thriller’ Washington Post

‘Jónasson’s books have breathed new life into Nordic noir’ Express

About the Author

Ragnar Jónasson is an Icelandic crime writer who was born in Reykjavík. In the past, he’s worked in TV and radio, including as a news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. 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 Jónasson has written five novels in the Dark Iceland series, which has been optioned for TV by On the Corner. David Warriner translates from French and nurtures a healthy passion for Franco, Nordic, and British crime fiction. Growing up in deepest Yorkshire, he developed incurable Francophilia at an early age. Emerging from Oxford with a modern languages degree, he narrowly escaped the graduate rat race by hopping on a plane to Canada—and never looked back. More than a decade into a high-powered commercial translation career, he listened to his heart and turned his hand again to the delicate art of literary translation. David has lived in France, Quebec, and now calls beautiful British Columbia home.

Praise For…

"A world-class crime writer." —Sunday Times

"Ragnar Jónasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty." —Peter James

"Ragnar does claustrophobia beautifully." —Ann Cleeves

"Nothing less than a landmark in modern crime fiction." —Times

"This is Icelandic noir of the highest order, with Jónasson's atmospheric sense of place, and his heroine's unerring humanity shining from every page." —Daily Mail

"Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense." —Ian Rankin

"This is such a tense, gripping read." —Anthony Horowitz

"Fans of dark crime fiction that doesn't pull punches will be amply rewarded." —Publishers Weekly

"A vivid cast of characters, whose fears, ambitions, rivalries and longings are movingly universal." —Oprah magazine

"Traditional and beautifully finessed." —Independent

"Jónasson’s true gift is for describing the daunting beauty of the fierce setting, lashed by blinding snowstorms that smother the village in “a thick, white darkness” that is strangely comforting." —New York Times

"A chiller of a thriller." — Washington Post

"A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens. First rate and highly recommended." —Lee Child

"Required reading." —New York Post

"Puts a lively, sophisticated spin on the Agatha Christie model, taking it down intriguing dark alleys." —Kirkus Reviews

"The best sort of gloomy storytelling." —Chicago Tribune

"The prose is stark and minimal, the mood dank and frost-tipped. It’s also bleakly brilliant." —Metro

"Jónasson’s books have breathed new life into Nordic noir." —Express
Product Details
ISBN: 9781913193461
ISBN-10: 1913193462
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: March 1st, 2021
Pages: 276
Language: English
Series: Dark Iceland series