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Whiteout by Ragnar Jónasson
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Ari Thor and his boss, Tomas, are police officers in charge of investigating the death of a young woman in Kálfshamrvik, Iceland. The body of a local woman named Asta was found beneath steep cliffs and the two must determine if it was an accident, suicide, or murder. It is two days before Christmas, and both are under pressure to return to their homes for the holidays. Ari is troubled when he learns that Asta’s mother and sister both lost their lives in a similar fashion.

The investigation requires interviewing four people from the small village. Each person interviewed reveals secrets and insights to Asta and her family’s past. With strong alibis, Ari has problems narrowing down his list of suspects and establishing a motive. The more he delves into each person’s past, the more he becomes convinced that they know more about Asta then they are revealing.

This crime book by Ragnar Jonasson is another addition to his Dark Island series. It can be read as a stand alone without issue. I enjoyed this chilling, fast paced book, which is available in multiple languages. ( )
  leopolds | Nov 28, 2017 |
White Out – Icelandic Noir at its Best

Ragnar Jónasson has returned with one of the best Icelandic Noir of recent times, with White Out. What Jónasson delivers is a classic crime story a real whodunnit, that keeps you gripped right to the end. Jónasson brings out the claustrophobic cold dark winters that help to give the darkness that delivers a chiller of a thriller. Like the Queen of the Murder Mystery, Agatha Christies, Jónasson gives a modern twist, to the rollercoaster ride of whodunnits.

Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. The police are called in to determine if this was murder or suicide, and with the added twist that her mother and younger sister dying on the same cliffs, questions are asked.

Tomas is now a detective Superintendent in Reykjavik, and asks Ari Thór Arason if he would like to join him in the investigation as it may help his career in the long term. With Christmas closing in, the darkness and the snow is overwhelming, they begin to uncover a dark and sinister history, and as much as the few people involved try to hide the truth, the stones get turned over, and the truth will out.

What the reader gets is Icelandic Noir at its best, something that is dark, chilling and complex, and it is that which gives it the claustrophobic, tautness. This really is required reading for all lovers of Nordic Noir, and it is the best way to see snow, through the pages of a book! ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | Nov 9, 2017 |
I think that this is the fourth in the Ari Arason series, but the fifth published in English.
Having read the first three books, I knew what to expect in terms of beautiful descriptions of Iceland, snippets of Icelandic history and the ongoing character development, all of which were excellent and up to this author's normal good standard, where thanks must also go to the translator.
In terms of the crime, this story felt far less gripping, and in part this is due to the small pool of potential culprits. I appreciate that these stories in some ways hark back to the closed room style mysteries of Agatha Christie and others, and I like this aspect of the stories, but it was just too restricted this time.

A very enjoyable read, but you want to read the others first, and if you like them, then this is a welcome addition to the series.
I wonder how long I will be able to hold out before reading the fifth and at the moment final volume of this series? ( )
  CarltonC | Sep 28, 2017 |
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