Rupture: An Ari Thor Thriller (The Dark Iceland Series #4) (Paperback)

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A cold case in a cold country! In 1955 two couples move to an uninhabited, remote fjord in Iceland. Soon after, they abruptly leave when one of them dies under mysterious circumstances. The case is was never solved. Fifty years later, a photograph surfaces indicating that the four people may not have been the only ones living on the fjord. Who else was there? This intrigues young policeman Ari Thór, assigned to Siglufjörður, a nearby town. The town is under quarantine for a flu-like virus, no one is leaving their home, and Ari is bored and antsy, determined to find a crime to solve. But no one wants to help him. Secrets are a way of life for the townsfolk, and to their way of thinking this old mysterious death is best left unsolved. But Ari is undaunted, and the case slowly moves forward as he persuades the locals to speak. This is a deft blend of Nordic Noir and British Golden Age mystery!  Haunting, frightening and complex, this is a dark and atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s foremost crime writers (who translated the Agatha Christie mysteries into Icelandic).

— From Susan


A huge bestseller in England, France, and Australia, the fourth book in the Ari Thor thriller series from a spectacular new crime writer.

Hailed for combining the darkness of Nordic Noir with classic mystery writing, author Ragnar Jonasson’s books are haunting, atmospheric, and complex. Rupture, the latest Ari Thór thriller, delivers another dark mystery that is chillingly stunning with its complexity and fluidity.

Young policeman Ari Thór tries to solve a 50-year-old murder when new evidence surfaces. But the case proves difficult in a town where no one wants to know the truth, where secrets are a way of life. He's assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.

About the Author

RAGNAR JONASSON was born in Iceland and works as an Attorney at Law and writer in Reykjavik. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. Ragnar is the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir. He has appeared on panels at various crime fiction festivals, including Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime in the US. Ragnar lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two daughters. Snowblind is his debut novel.

Praise For…

Praise for RUPTURE:
"Fans of the Ari Thór series, which began with Snowblind, know that they can depend on Ragnar Jónasson to tie everything up in a beautiful Agatha Christie-esque bow." —Shelf Awareness

"Ragnar Jonasson is Iceland’s Agatha Christie...a clever craftsman whose cast of characters come vividly to life. A WARNING…Dress warm when reading Rupture." — David Rothberg

Praise for BLACKOUT:
“Easily the best yet… A chiller of a thriller whose style and pace are influenced by Jonasson's admiration for Agatha Christie. It's good enough to share shelf space with the works of Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Arnaldur Indridason, Iceland's crime novel royalty."--The Washington Post

“Beautifully written and elegantly paced with a plot that only gradually becomes visible, as if the reader had been staring into the freezing fog waiting for shapes to emerge." —The Guardian (UK)

“Ragnar Jonasson does claustrophobia beautifully.” —Ann Cleeves

“Jonasson’s writing is a masterful reinvention of the Golden Age classic style, both contemporary and timeless… enclosed by the poetic beauty of the location” —Crime Review

Praise for NIGHTBLIND:
“Story’s got me gripped but even more satisfying is how the characters are never just there as pawns in the plot.”—Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus series

"Excellent...Jonasson plants clues fairly before a devastatingly unexpected reveal, without sublimating characterization to plot."—Publishers Weekly (starred)

“The final surprise carries a real shock; and of course the advent of the Icelandic winter is likely to chill hearts even below the Arctic Circle.”—Kirkus Reviews

"A unique Nordic Noir of the first order."—BookPage

"Jonasson delights in playing with the expectations of his audience, pulling the carpet out from under us on more than one occasion. Pure entertainment."—Mystery Scene

“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 almost palpable.”—The Times (UK)

“There will be no better way to start the year than by reading Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson…Jonasson’s books have breathed new life into Nordic noir.”—Sunday Express

Nightblind…certainly lives up to the promise of its predecessor…this is an atmospheric portrayal of a claustrophobic place where everyone is connected…economical and evocative prose, as well as some masterful prestidigitation…”—The Guardian

Praise for SNOWBLIND:
"Jónasson skillfully alternates points of view and shifts of time...The action builds to a shattering climax."—Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred)

"A classic crime story . . .first-rate and highly recommended." —Lee Child

“A modern Icelandic take on an Agatha Christie-style mystery, as twisty as any slalom...” —Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus series

“This classically crafted whodunit holds up nicely, but 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 Book Review

“A chiller of a thriller whose style and pace are influence by Jónasson’s admiration for Agatha Christie. It’s good enough to share shelf space with the works of Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Arnaldur Indridason, Iceland’s crime novel royalty.”—The Washington Post, “Best Mysteries and Thrillers to Read in January”

“Jónasson's whodunit puts a lively, sophisticated spin on the Agatha Christie model, taking it down intriguing dark alleys.”—Kirkus Reviews

“In this debut novel, Jónasson has taken the locked-room mystery and transformed it into a dark tale of isolation and intrigue that will keep readers guessing until the final page.”—Library Journal Xpress

“Jónasson spins an involving tale of small-town police work that vividly captures the snowy setting that so affects the rookie cop. Iceland noir at its moodiest”—Booklist

“Required reading.”—New York Post

“What sets Snowblind apart is the deep melancholy pervading the characters. Most of them, including Ari, have suffered a tragic loss. That's bad for them, but along with the 24-hour darkness closing in, it makes for the best sort of gloomy storytelling.” —Chicago Tribune

“Perfectly capturing the pressures of rural life and the freezing, deadly Icelandic winter, Snowblind will keep readers on the edge of their seats--preferably snuggled beneath a warm blanket.”—Shelf Awareness

“A real find. I loved it. The turns of the plot are clever and unexpected, and Ari is a wonderful character to spend time with."—Mystery Scene

Snowblind has the classic red herrings, plot twists and surprises that characterize the best of Christie’s work. Jónasson’s latest is nicely done and simply begs for a sequel.”—BookPage

“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, author of the Vera Stanhope and Shetland Island series

“A dazzling novel ... Thór is a welcome addition to the pantheon of Scandinavian detectives. I can’t wait until the sequel!” —William Ryan, author of the Captain Alexei Korolev series

"A classic whodunit with a vividly drawn protagonist and an intriguing, claustrophobic setting, Snowblind dazzles like sunlight on snow, chills like ice and confirms the growing influence of Scandinavian crime fiction." -Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A satisfying mystery where all the pieces, in the end, fall together."- Dallas Morning News

“[Ragnar] definitely shows a knack for the whodunit business.”—Minnesota Star Tribune

“A chilling, thrilling slice of Icelandic Noir.”—Thomas Enger, author of the Henning Juul series

“An isolated community, subtle clueing, clever mis-direction and more than a few surprises combine to give a modern-day, golden age whodunit. Well Done! I look forward to the next in the series.”—Dr. John Curran, author of Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks

“An intricately plotted crime novel, Snowblind is a remarkable debut. Ragnar Jonasson has delivered an intelligent whodunit that updates, stretches, and redefines the locked-room mystery format. A tense and thrilling book that paints a vivid portrait of a remote town in long-term decline, facing the chilling aftershocks of the global financial meltdown.”—EuroDrama

"Jónasson has produced a tense and convincing thriller; he is a welcome addition to the roster of Scandi authors, and I really look forward to his next offering." —Mystery People

"Snowblind is a dark, claustrophobic read, and Jónasson evokes perfectly the 24-hour darkness, the biting cold, the relentless snow and fear of a killer on the loose in a village suddenly cut off by an avalanche. His crisp, bleak prose is an exemplary lesson in how to create atmosphere without producing over-inflated books that would cause their own avalanche if dropped."—Crime Review

"Ragnar Jónasson is a new name in the crime writing genre and I urge anyone who is a fan of Nordic crime noir to rush out and get yourself a copy of Snowblind this you will want to add to your collection. It is really that good."—The Last Word-Book Review

"If Arnaldur is the King and Yrsa the Queen of Icelandic crime fiction, then Ragnar is surely the Crown Prince … more please!" —EuroCrime

"A delight" – ELLE (France)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250193353
ISBN-10: 1250193354
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: The Dark Iceland Series