Friday, March 22, 2019

The Darkness

A Thriller
By Ragnar Jónasson
Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb
Minotaur Books, 2018

Ragnar is one of the “new generation” of Icelandic mystery writers. I’ve read and reviewed a couple of his books before passing on his third book, which I tried to read but couldn’t finish. This book, his fourth, is part of a new series featuring Hulda Hermannsdóttir, a police investigator working out of Reykjavík. Hulga is nearing retirement and is given the opportunity to work on one more cold-case before she leaves the force. She picks up on the case of a Russian woman who was found dead on the southern coast of Iceland that had never been given a proper investigation. Initially ruled a suicide, Hulga quickly discovers irregularities in the case and begins to ruffle feathers as she proceeds in her inquiries.

This is a much better book than Ragnar’s previous ones. The coherent plot, lots of local color, good usage of foreshadowing and a doozy of an ending make this a novel worth seeking out. Victoria Cribb’s translation is also better than the previous ones by Quentin Bates, which might have also contributed to its readability.

By Professor Batty


Blogger jono said...

I enjoyed his other books, but this sounds very good. I just ordered it from our regional library system.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

This is less “Agatha Christie” than the earlier ones. Ragnar does a really good job with his handling of parallel timelines too.

Blogger Mary said...

Oh, I liked Snowblind. Just put this on hold at our library.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

I think the new translator makes a real difference here.

Blogger Mary said...

Thanks for the tip - finished the book in a day, could not put it down.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

Glad you liked it.

There is still some life left in the Nordic mystery genre.

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