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The Darkness: If you like Saga Noren from The Bridge, then you'll love Hulda Hermannsdottir (Hidden Iceland) Hardcover – 15 Mar 2018

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (15 Mar. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718187245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718187248
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 112 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A superb thriller (The Sunday Times)

A complex, fascinating mix of Icelandic community and alienation, atmospheric tension, and timely issues (immigrant exploitation and vigilante justice), Jonasson's latest series is another must-read for crime fans who follow the work of Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Booklist)

I've ONLY recently discovered the extraordinary Icelandic writer who adds several shades of darkness to Nordic noir . . . it builds to a deeply shocking climax (Anthony Horowitz Daily Mail, Ten Thrillers to Die For)

If you have ever doubted the appropriateness of the phrase 'Nordic noir', The Darkness will dispel any hesitation . . . in what way this happens (and how badly) is the strength of the book. There are ever-darker surprises, culminating in a finish that leaves one with a highly disturbing image. (BOOK OF THE WEEK The Press)

The wait was worthwhile and The Darkness first in the new trilogy, is a very efficient piece of work. Jonasson has the full measure of the Nordic noir genre, and pushes all the requisite buttons (Crime Time Newsletter)

To read Ragnar Jonasson is to plunge into snowy Iceland . . . much of its atmosphere and subtle pacing to the traditional 'golden age' detective fiction as the mystery unfolds and builds to a startling climax, elegantly handled. (The Witness)

As chilling as the nip in the Icelandic air (Choice Magazine)

Superb. . . chilling . . . This is the first volume in Jonasson's Hidden Iceland trilogy, which tells Hulda's story in reverse chronological order and establishes her as one of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction (Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month)

Expertly plotted, with an ending that's a true shocker, The Darkness is the first book in a trilogy featuring this engaging investigator, which is good news (The Guardian)

Magnificently dark and twisted! That ending - blimey! (C. J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man)

About the Author

Ragnar Jónasson (Author)
Ragnar Jónasson was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer and teaches copyright law at Reykjavík University. He founded the international crime writing festival Nordic Noir. Ragnar has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, and, from the age of seventeen, has translated fourteen of Agatha Christie's novels. He is an international Number One bestseller.

The Darkness is the first novel in his Hidden Iceland series, to be followed by The Island and The Mist.

Victoria Cribb (Translator)
Victoria Cribb studied and worked in Iceland for many years. She has translated more than 25 novels from the Icelandic and, in 2017, she received the Orðstír honorary translation award for services to Icelandic literature.


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